Q. You seem to make tricky plumbing questions easy to understand, so I'm hoping for some good news. I'm removing my old bathroom vanity, countertop and sink to gain a little space. Then I plan on installing a new wall-hung sink. My problem is that we use soap-dispenser bottles, and without a countertop I'm afraid the soap bottle will keep falling off the new wall-hung sink. What are my options to solve this dilemma?
A. The news I have for you is twice as nice. Not only can this be an easy problem to solve, but you'll actually have two choices on how to solve this issue.
Option No. 1: Some wall-hung china sinks are available with an extra factory-finished hole made just for accommodating a built-in soap dispenser. Usually they are special-order sinks, so plan ahead and you won't get stuck waiting for the new sink to come in after you've removed your old one.
Option No. 2: Wall-hung soap dispensers are also available. Such a dispenser can save even more space since it will be mounted above the sink. Just make sure you have proper wall support for the unit.
Bottom line: Any one of these soap-dispensing options can help "clean up" the look of your bathroom!
• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org.
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