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posted: 1/19/2014 1:02 AM

Wall-hung kitchen sink doesn't offer storage space

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By Ed Del Grande

Q. I'm looking for a wall-hung kitchen sink and so far I'm having no luck finding serious information. Most people I've spoken with don't understand what I want and move on to show me more standard kitchen sinks. I'm a loyal reader and hope you can point me in the right direction. What can you tell me about installing a wall-hung kitchen sink?

A. Since kitchen space is usually at premium, many homeowners want the extra storage space that you'll find under most "drop-in" style kitchen sinks. Also, if you're looking to install a garbage disposal, the kitchen sink base cabinet will hide the unit as well as provide extra storage space.

That's why installing an open base wall-hung kitchen sink may not be practical for standard kitchens. However, if you're planning for a large kitchen with plenty of storage and place the disposer on a secondary sink, why not look into a wall-hung kitchen sink?

Two things to keep in mind:

• First, you may have better luck looking for a high-end utility sink with decorative legs. Decorative cast-iron utility sinks are often made for kitchen use as well as for use in a laundry room.

• Second, since this is an open-base fixture it will need to be roughed-in and installed with chrome or brass finish piping under the sink.

Bottom line: A wall-hung kitchen sink may not be an off-the-wall request!

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

Scripps Howard News Service

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