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grand_canyon 09-19-2012 09:06 PM

Kitchen sink replacement
 
My garbage disposal went out and my facet is leaking a bit so I figure this would be a good time to replace the sink since it's one of those double sinks made out of stainless steel and it doesn't look so good anymore since it is 8 years old. What is concerning me is the depth of the bowls and the plumbing. The current sink is 7 inches deep and I want to replace with a white double bowl acrylic but the ones I'm seeing are 9 inches deep.

The 2 extra inches concern me. The current outlet pipe is 10 inches from the bottom of the bowl and the t connection from the disposal is 6 inches below the bowl. If i get a 9 inch depth bowl this only leaves me 2 inches as I assume the t connection has to be higher than outlet pipe or am I worrying about nothing?

I see you can get a new stainless steel sink with 7 inch depth but I'm wondering will the sink look worn in 8 years or are they made better now with respect to aging.

allthumbsdiy 09-19-2012 09:14 PM

I have a stainless steel kitchen sink that is over 15 years old that I transplanted from my previous house to my current mudroom (where I wash paint brushes, etc.).

Every time it gets little grungy, I use soap and a scratch-free scouring pad to make it look new again. Maybe try that first (though it will not solve your double sink dilemma :) )?

eclark 09-19-2012 10:24 PM

Barkeeper's friend! Should only take a few minutes and some elbow grease to get it looking like new

Alan 09-19-2012 10:25 PM

What's the elevation of the drain in the wall from the floor to the center of the pipe?

grand_canyon 09-19-2012 10:49 PM

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Originally Posted by eclark (Post 1013438)
Barkeeper's friend! Should only take a few minutes and some elbow grease to get it looking like new

The abrasive product from Barkeeper's? We tried baking soda and vinegar. Maybe I'm expecting too much on how it should look.

grand_canyon 09-19-2012 10:51 PM

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Originally Posted by Alan (Post 1013439)
What's the elevation of the drain in the wall from the floor to the center of the pipe?

I measured it to be about 17 inches from the floor to the middle of the drain pipe. I'm on a second floor condo with a third basement level so in effect I'm on the third floor.

eclark 09-19-2012 10:56 PM

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Originally Posted by grand_canyon
The abrasive product from Barkeeper's? We tried baking soda and vinegar. Maybe I'm expecting too much on how it should look.

The one and only, even if I don't usually think of that stuff as an abrasive. What kind of stuff is stuck to the stainless that you can't get it off? Maybe hit it with some polishing compound? Do you have really hard water or something?

grand_canyon 09-19-2012 10:57 PM

Yeah we have hard water here. I have some polishing compound. I thought about giving that a go.

eclark 09-19-2012 11:00 PM

Go for it. You're thinking of replacing anyway so why not?

grand_canyon 09-19-2012 11:20 PM

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Originally Posted by eclark (Post 1013476)
Go for it. You're thinking of replacing anyway so why not?

I had some metal polish and it turned really black like when you polish tarnished sterling silver. The sink may have an oxidation layer.

eclark 09-20-2012 06:30 AM

What kind of metal polish did that?!

grand_canyon 09-20-2012 09:37 AM

I tried some polishing compound and mother's polish.

Alan 09-20-2012 09:59 AM

16" is a normal elevation for the drain pipe... Can you take a picture of the undersink plumbing ? That would help to tell us if you can take 2" off.

grand_canyon 09-20-2012 10:58 AM

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Thanks for the help. yes, see the attached picture.

NitroNate 09-20-2012 11:10 AM

metal polish will always cause a black residue, whether it is brand new metal or not. it is from a chemical reaction between the polish and the nickel in the metal. you can polish for days and you will still get black residue.

if i want to get my stainless steel pots perfectly shiny i will use metal polish, but typically barkeeper's friend does the job just fine and it is not as harsh on the metal. both also work very well on my stainless steel sink and i use them occasionally to get it looking new again.


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