WHAT DETERGENT SHOULD I USE IN MY DISHMASTER?
Your Dishmaster Faucet is designed to use liquid detergents. Do not attempt to use soaps or soap powders. We recommend Dishmaster® Liquid Detergent Concentrate. It has been specifically formulated for use in your Dishmaster. It has no phosphates, no enzymes, no citrus additives, no lotions. Other name brand liquid detergents may also work in your Dishmaster. Do not use detergents with lotion additives. Avoid detergents that appear cloudy or opaque rather than clear. Do not use detergents with real citrus additives as they may cause premature deterioration of rubber and metal components.
HOW MUCH DETERGENT SHOULD I ADD TO THE TANK?
For faucets that have the detergent tank in the faucet body, begin by using one tablespoon of detergent per tank of water. For faucets with a 72-oz reservoir beneath the sink, start with four tablespoons of detergent per tank of water. Water conditions in your home and personal preference will influence the amount of detergent you should use. Your experience over time will determine the optimum ratio. Use of thicker solutions will require that you backflush more often.
WHY DOES WATER RUN FROM MY ARCED SPOUT AFTER THE VALVE IS CLOSED?
The water flow may not immediately stop after the lever handle is closed. This is a normal characteristic of any arced spout. After the valve is closed there is still residual water between the high point of the arc of the spout and the aerator. Gravity will pull this water from the spout. If your water pressure is high enough and/or water volume great enough it may (immediately or over time) force the air from the peak of the spout and create a vacuum. If so, the water flow will stop immediately when the lever handle is closed.
www.moen.com This is a normal characteristic of any faucet with a high-arc spout. After the handle (or handles) are shut off, there is still water inside of the spout. Any residual water past the arc of the spout will slowly drip out of the spout. Gravity will pull this water from the spout; however, it should stop after several minutes.
www.plbg.com/forum "It is the water in the "down side" of the faucet's "loop". Without the aerator it would drain out instantly, but the aerator restricts the air that has to enter the faucet so that water can drain, so it takes a minute or so to happen."
WHY DOES A DISHMASTER COST SO MUCH?
Dishmaster is a 'boutique' brand. Other brands you are most likely to be familiar with, and comparing to, sell more faucets in a day than we do in a year. You must also compare features. "More Than A Kitchen Faucet" is not just a slogan. A Dishmaster faucet is a handheld dishwasher with more features than a typical kitchen faucet.
By the way, that first Dishmaster Imperial model that your dad paid $39.50 for in 1959? It would have cost $329.63 in 2017 dollars. The 1950 $49.50 Deluxe model? $498.78 in 2017 dollars. (as of Feb 23, 2017 per CPI Inflation Calculator )
WHY DO SOME MODELS HAVE PLASTIC COVERS?
For over 40-years we have used chrome plated plastic in place of chrome plated metal because, just like on your motor vehicle, plastic does not rust or pit. Prior to 1976, the covers were made from metal and, just like older vehicles, the cover eventually rusted/pitted. The weight of metal may feel more substantial while in your hands, but once installed, you can't tell the weight and the plastic cover functions just as well and lasts much longer.