Belinda Carson. Sinks. August 08th , 2017.
When you see a stainless kitchen sink in an advertisement, or in a store, it will usually have some information attached. One of the first things you will see, besides size of course, is Gauge. The Gauge of stainless steel measures the thickness of the steel itself that was used to create the sink. Usually you will see a number between 16 and 23. In most circumstances a higher number indicates a higher quality or larger measurement, but Gauge is like Golf, the lower the number the better. I personally recommend a 16 or 18 gauge sink, especially if you are doing an apron front sink or a zero radius stainless steel sink. Anything higher than that, while it may be cheaper, is much more likely to dent or crease, especially when your belt buckle hits the front of a stainless farm sink while you are doing dishes. 18 gauge stainless steel is 0.0500 inches thick and weighs 2.016 pounds per square foot, and 16 gauge stainless steel is 0.0625 inches thick and weighs 2.52 pounds per square foot. While that may not seem like much, that is actually a 25% increase in both thickness and weight, making 16 gauge a considerably more durable and sturdier sink.
Utility sinks are specialized sinks that are designed to handle large cleaning jobs in the laundry room, garage, mudroom or utility room. Sinks are normally used for washing our hands or utensils. Bathroom sinks are also known as lavatories and usually offer a wider variety than kitchen sinks do. Sinks are generally available in different colors, styles, designs, patterns, depths, heights, widths and materials. Utility sinks can be used for more than just cleaning hands or utensils. They tend to be larger and hence you can use them to wash and clean a wide variety of things ranging from shoes to your dog. But because they are huge does not mean that they would not be good in appearance.
Now it’s time to install the new sink into the counter. With the sink upside-down, gently squeeze a line of silicone caulk around the outer edge. Flip the sink over and carefully place it in position. Measure carefully to make sure that it’s parallel with the front edge of the counter, and adjust if necessary before the caulk sets. If there are any mounting clips or other bracing required for your sink, install them now.
The very first step you need to take is to turn off the water for your kitchen. Once you’re sure you won’t unleash a flood, you’ll need to disconnect the old sink from the kitchen plumbing. Get under your sink and familiarize yourself with which pipes go where. You may want to draw a simple outline for reference. Then you will simply need to methodically unhook the waste lines and feed lines from the existing sink. Have a bucket and some towels handy; there will be some drainage.
Utility sinks can be found with options of having a single, two or even three spigots. Some utility sinks can be much larger and can house two sinks into one. Such utility sinks can be ideal for places where you expect heavy traffic of people to use the sink like schools or common get-together areas. Utility sinks are also available as floor sinks and are ideal to wash your dog, clean your muddy shoes or even scrub the vegetables from the garden. Utility sinks are so versatile that you would find that there are lots more things that you can clean in them than you would have imagined. Some utility sinks also have the option of having spigots and drinking fountain in them and they would be great for schools.
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