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Originally published Friday, April 19, 2013 at 8:00 PM

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Adding a soap dispenser to kitchen sink

A fancy soap bottle, where the soap reservoir is hidden under the sink, can clean up your countertop by eliminating the need for free-standing plastic soap containers.

Scripps Howard News Service

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Ed the Plumber

Q: I would like to add a soap dispenser to my stainless-steel kitchen sink, but my husband says we don’t have a hole in the sink rim for him to install one.

Is it possible to drill the proper hole needed for a soap dispenser in our existing sink? My husband is pretty handy and I’m tired of having soap bottles falling into my kitchen sink.

— Jean, New York state

A: A soap dispenser can be a nice addition to any kitchen.

Basically, it’s a fancy soap bottle where the soap reservoir is hidden under the sink. As you mentioned, it can really clean up your countertop by eliminating the need for free-standing plastic soap bottles.

Some kitchen sinks even have two sink dispensers, one for soap and one for hand cream.

The good news is that you have a stainless-steel sink, and, yes, they do make special bits that can drill holes through most stainless-steel ones.

These bits can be expensive and a little tricky to work with, so it’s best to call a licensed plumber for this job.

Usually the homeowner can purchase the soap dispenser. Then the plumber will perform a basic service call to drill the hole and install the dispenser.

When the soap is gone, you can easily remove the dispenser bottle from under the sink and refill with liquid soap.

Master plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes. Sorry, no personal replies.


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