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Kitchen-sink choice leaves her feeling drained

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  • A "low barrier" or "smart divide" kitchen sink combines features of both double and deeper, single-tub sinks.

    A "low barrier" or "smart divide" kitchen sink combines features of both double and deeper, single-tub sinks.
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By Ed Del Grande

Q. I plan on having a new kitchen sink installed this fall and I'm stuck on what type to get. Because I don't have a dishwasher, I like the idea of having one large single-bowl sink for extra room. But, I think a double-bowl sink is more practical and that is what I presently have. Can you please help me decide on what kitchen-sink style can work best for me?

A. Usually, I would list the advantages and disadvantages of both types, then let you decide. However, a new style of kitchen sink -- called "low barrier" or "smart divide" -- has become available in the last few years.

Basically, it takes the best features of single- and double-bowl kitchen sinks, and puts them all in one unit. The concept is quite simple: The divider wall between the sink bowls has been lowered, so handling larger, long-handled items such as pots and pans can be a lot easier. But, because you still have separate sink basins, you can wash in one bowl while still keeping the second bowl open for rinsing or disposer use. The overall size is the same as a standard kitchen sink, making it a perfect choice for a replacement job.

Bottom line: A smart divided sink can be an intelligent choice for your kitchen.

• Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of "Ed Del Grande's House Call" and hosts TV and Internet shows. Visit or write

Scripps Howard News Service

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