Frap mixers: varieties and features
- Advantages and disadvantages
- Popular models
Frap devices have recently appeared on the domestic market. Mixers differ in types and distinctive features. Frap is a Chinese manufacturer, although its products are of the same quality as similar products of European brands. It is necessary to understand the features, positive and negative properties of popular models from the company Frap.
Frap mixers, among other representatives from other companies, have one main feature - products are budget. The company offers luxury models at a price commensurate with the cost of medium-priced versions of models from a European manufacturer. Production of the company's main lines is in China. The manufacturing country offers factory-quality products. These products are considered reliable when compared with those that are made handicraft.
In addition to faucets, the manufacturer Frap offers the consumer inexpensive, but high-quality plumbing, parts for connecting pipes, as well as useful bathroom accessories. Plumbing of this brand is known to the general public under the names Ledeme and Gappo.
As for Frap mixers, this category of products is certified in the Russian Federation, as well as in many European countries. The company's products are readily bought in America. Inexpensive mixers are popular in different countries, as they are similar in characteristics with models of well-known manufacturers.
The company offers a few original products of its own. The appearance of the devices is modern. The Chinese manufacturer offers a large number of options for stylized product design. The main advantage of devices is cost effectiveness. This quality is manifested in the possibility of saving both the mixers and the water consumption.
By the way, marketers working with Chinese devices say that the low cost is due to the optimization of production processes, and not the low cost of the materials used. Although if we consider the cheapest products of the company, then the alloys used in the products are really low cost. Stainless steel is not present in these devices. In manufacturing processes, brass is often involved with optimally suitable low-cost alloys. The name of the base used in the production of alloys is silumin.
Advantages and disadvantages
The main advantage of the mixers is, of course, cost effectiveness. In addition, the products themselves are very cheap, they also have equipment that can save water resources. All products, though made in China, have the appropriate certificates and licenses of the countries to which they are exported. The manufacturer provides a full warranty service in accordance with the warranty period specified in the accompanying documentation.
Another advantage of products is the variety of forms, stylistic designs, color solutions. Many models of this enterprise completely repeat similar European models. A variety of options for Frap mixers allow the consumer to choose the right option for themselves. For example, there is a flexible sink mixer that will provide maximum pressure. And also there are classic L-shaped models that differ in the type of tube. It can be round, square or even triangular.
From the budget options, customers note the model lineup Gappo and Frud. In general, the Chinese manufacturer offers several types of mixers. When choosing it is important to consider installation options. For example, models are suitable for the bathroom or kitchen. Separation of appointments is important, as materials of manufacturing may vary. An out of place option will get premature wear.
Among the shortcomings, users note the rather rapid wear of such parts of mixers as gaskets and flywheels. And also on chrome models there are drops of water, while they are poorly washed. Some disadvantages can be minimized, for example, worn parts can be easily replaced with new ones on their own.
The main types of frap mixers include several options.
- A classic mixer with two flywheels is ideal for traditional models. Two taps convenient to regulate the temperature. Gates are turned around, have an interesting shape. Classic models are divided into options for washing and for mounting on the wall.
- Some classic mixers are equipped with a joystick. This option is not equipped with flywheels. It has one lever, which must be turned up to turn on the water, and down to turn it off. Ease of operation of such models is that you can turn on or off the faucet with one hand.
- Even more comfortable to use classic touch models. Touch sensor faucets are easy to adjust to the desired flow rate and water temperature.
- If during use it is important that the temperature of the water is maintained in a given state, then models equipped with a thermostat will do.
- Convenient mixers equipped with a silicone watering can, as well as a cascade version with several taps of different levels.
The classic separation of Chinese mixers is as follows:
- for kitchen;
- For bathroom.
In the first category of models, the popular options include: F4909 and F4927. These are classical two-valve mixers with the chromeplated covering. A high spout is perfect for the kitchen sink. Options are supplied with a standard aerator. View products have a classic.
Among the products of the modern type of popular option for the sink F10703-B. This single lever model, without flywheels, is compact. It will look cozy in the bathroom and in the kitchen. Experts recommend choosing it for the bathroom, as it may be low for the kitchen.
Faucets of the touch type F512-1 and F511 are very popular. Models are equipped with a thermostat, have a traditional form of spout, ideal for the sink. Spout draws attention to the chrome plating. The infrared type sensor is powered both from the mains and additionally from the batteries. The price of the device is quite affordable, since there is no turning mechanism in it, there is no built-in filter, no check valve. The range is various color decisions.
On sale you can find models in the following colors:
- the black;
If the bathroom needs more familiar options with the equipment in the form of a standard swivel mechanism, it is better to consider models G2245 and F3014. An additional swivel mechanism allows you to switch water from the tap to the shower. This mechanism is convenient for adjustment with one hand. When choosing options, it should be borne in mind that even the most expensive and high-quality models will not work if installed incorrectly and if the operating instructions are not followed.
Replacing an old one or installing a new faucet in a bathroom in the washbasin is not a difficult task as it might seem at first glance. It is not always necessary to call a plumber for its implementation. Usually, models supplied to the Russian market are provided with detailed instructions in Russian. In the installation of the simplest models will study the detailed manual. If the sink for which you plan to install the mixer, already has, you need to count the number of holes provided by the manufacturer. A similar number of components must be in the composition to the mixer.
Installing the device with all the tools and components will take only about half an hour.
All work can be divided into such stages as:
- site preparation;
- device mounting;
During the preparatory work in the first place you need to pass the flexible hoses through the corresponding holes in the sink. Then you need to fasten the spout to these hoses using the appropriate tool. At the bottom of the mixer must be a seal that will prevent the formation of leaks. Then in the mounting holes of the mixer you need to insert the so-called pins. Their number may vary due to differences in the type of products. In addition to the rubber gasket, a metal plate is necessarily present in the products. It is worn over the gasket and helps to better fix the product.
Subsequently, flexible hoses are connected to existing pipes. Gaskets must also be present at the connection points, and the products are connected to the pipes with flare nuts. After connecting, you can check the quality of the mixer. Open the water supply and then carefully inspect all connectors. If they are dry, then the installation of the mixer was successful.
Care should be taken when installing a device with a hygienic shower. In budget products flexible pipes, as a rule, are not of the best quality. Fittings often deform when used. Experts advise immediately replace them with leads in a metal winding. By the way, it is not always necessary to install a new one in case of breakage of the old mixer.
Some models of the Chinese manufacturer are so simple that they are easy to repair. For example, single-lever variants with a cartridge are not exposed to rust, they are not afraid of negative action. Premature destruction of these devices may occur due to poor quality water. To better understand the repair process, you should disassemble the device into its component parts, preferably with your own hands.
Each mixer of this type must include the following parts:
- lever that regulates water;
- adjusting pin on which the lever is fixed;
- housing with hinge inside; plastic cartridge with ceramic interiors may be present instead of the valve;
- adjusting cuff;
Often the cause of the failure of ceramic cartridges can serve as a small litter trapped in the plumbing system. If a steel ball acts as the main part distributing water, it may rust over time. For normal operation, it is often sufficient to replace worn parts.
Sometimes a leak in the faucet can form due to deformation of the rubber seals. This breakage may occur due to a loose nut. Leak can be quickly eliminated with a sealant. This tool will help to cope with the problem temporarily, if it is not possible to buy a new product.
To repair the internal parts of the mixer, first you need to remove it. The locking screw can be found under a decorative cap, on which hot and cold points are usually located. When loosening the screw is to remove the lever itself. It requires the utmost accuracy, otherwise the design is easily damaged. When removing the lever will open another decorative detail, and under it is a clamping nut.
Further, the actions will differ from the internals of the mixer - the distribution ball or cartridge. In the first embodiment, it is worth checking the general view of the ball itself, the condition of the rubber bands and the retaining springs. Each of these elements can be replaced with new ones individually.
If inside the cartridge, it just needs to be carefully pulled out, heading to the plumbing outlet, where to get another item. Rubber seals under the cartridge usually rarely fall into disrepair. For a quality repair it is enough to remove dirt from under them.
Reviews of mixers of this brand are different. Most often, users complain of leaks that occur during operation. Plumbers are advised to compare negative reviews at different sites. In most cases, negative opinions relate to only one percent of products from the number of all products sold. In addition, professionals argue that those who installed Frap faucets and use them successfully rarely write praise.
Impressions on the Internet, as a rule, are shared either by professional bloggers or those who are faced with a serious problem. Professionals just recommend the products of the Chinese manufacturer, since for the most part these people prefer low-cost and high-quality products from proven brands.
In the next video you will find a review of the mixer Frap F4053 with a flexible spout.