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Old 10-02-2013, 07:42 PM   #1
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Hello, I am hoping someone out there has some suggestions or better yet experience doing what I am about to do. I purchased an old double basin soapstone laundry sink and will be using it in my kitchen which is on the second floor above the basement. We supported the floor below with jacks in the basement, but what about supporting it where it will sit on the sink base in the new cabinets.

Also we need tips on how to install new drains and plumbing. Any and all tips and suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks. BTW- sink weighs about 400 lbs without water.

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Is this one of those sinks that are about 5 ft long and 2ft deep?

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Do you mean something like these? You would have to bring the plumbing up to todays' code. I'm sure it can be done. In the old days they were in the basement. They're very heavy.




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Some pictures of what you purchased would help. Thanks.
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Thank you very much for your replies. Yes, I realized I should have attached pictures and will do so tomorrow morning, but they do look like the first set as it is a double basin soapstone sink. Thanks again. I look forward to the feedback.
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If this is something you are have permits pulled on you better talk to the inspector before you get too far along, I doubt it will pass. I don't think soapstone meets current standards for fixtures because of its porosity. It can be a real germ farm.
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Tom, that's an interesting comments on the germs. Can I ask your source? Everything I ever read indicated that soapstone is denser than granite and impervious to bacteria.

If that's not so...I'd really like to know, as I was planning the purchase of a soapstone fixture.
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Just my opinion. They were used well into the 1950's, My mom use to have one in the basement where she did laundry, washed vegetables from the garden, and did canning in them.
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Your going to have to build a 2 by 4 rack to sit your sink on under you cabinet. Then enclose it some way. Looks like normal hook up other then that.
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My opinion was based on folk knowledge and may well be wrong, unless the sink is cracked. I also put the emphasis in the wrong place. The point I really meant to make was that you should talk to the inspector if you have permits. Some don't like things that look unusual and if he asked for approval numbers for the sink you might be stuck. You don't want to have to rip it out after it is in.
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A bit of a crazy idea but like what the others have been saying I would definitely check with your local plumbing inspector. I once saw one of these old laundry sinks free done very nicely with an epoxy coating.. Looked like a million bucks. The only thing I would worry about is what kind of condition the in set (steel drain in the concrete) drain is in. Also what type of faucet were you thinking were you going to go with a vessel or deck mounted faucet?
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This is a soapstone sink
http://www.greenmountainsoapstone.co...wner/sinks.php

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