Q. Hi, Ed. I need a second opinion on my new kitchen-sink job. I'm working with my plumber to replace my old kitchen sink with a new updated model that will fit my countertop. I'm trying to make the job as easy as possible, but my plumber tells me we need to re-pipe all the drain lines under the new sink as well. I trust my plumber, but may I also get your thoughts on this matter?
A. In case anyone reading this thought it was just his imagination, it's not. Today's kitchen sinks are getting deeper! I have run into this issue myself when I installed a new kitchen sink of the same length and width as the old sink, only to find that the bowls were a little deeper than the previous sink's. Deeper-sink bowls usually need lower drain lines installed under the sink for proper drainage. If you have a garbage disposer, this can complicate matters a little more.
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To help you plan for this job, older sinks may have been only 6 to 7 inches deep, while today's kitchen sinks can be about 9 to 10 inches deep. On a good note, the deeper bowls can fit larger pots and help to contain splashing.
Bottom line: The "bottom line" of your new kitchen sink may be lower!
• 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. Always consult local contractors and codes.
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