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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 eddelgrande.com or write eddelgrande@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

Scripps Howard News Service

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