Ed the Plumber
Q: We’re going to remodel our outdated kitchen and plan to install a cast-iron kitchen sink. I want a single-bowl sink that will be open and large for me to work in. My husband wants a double-bowl sink. He says it will be better for the garbage disposer and, later on, for resale value. Can you help us solve this disagreement?
— Ann, Kansas
A: One style of sink comes to mind, and I believe it can be a good choice for your new kitchen … and marriage. This special sink is called a smart-divide kitchen sink.
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Smart-divide sinks are double-bowl cast-iron sinks that feature a divide that’s only half the height of those in standard two-bowl kitchen sinks. By dropping the height of the divider, many features and benefits are opened up for the user, giving you the best of both worlds.
For instance, you can fill up the sink past the low divide to completely soak large baking sheets. For large pots, the handle for the pot will usually sit higher than the divide so the pot can sit flat on the sink bottom.
Finally, since the sink does have two shallow bowls, you can use one dedicated drain for the disposer. This can keep food waste separate from the dishes.
Master plumber Ed Del Grande is the author of “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes. Sorry, no personal replies.