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Originally published Friday, March 14, 2014 at 8:02 PM

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Bells and whistles to jazz up the old kitchen sink

If one extra sink hole is available, the easiest add-on is a built-in soap dispenser to reduce soap-bottle clutter on your kitchen counters. If another hole is available, a piping-hot-water dispenser can serve instant hot water for things like coffee, tea and oatmeal.


McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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Q: We’re doing some remodeling in our kitchen. Since my kitchen sink is an undermount style, we will not be changing out the sink.

But I would like to add some features, including a new faucet. Can you give me a few other ideas on how I can jazz up my old kitchen sink?

A: If you choose the right style of faucet, you should be able to utilize the extra holes on your kitchen sink to add new accessories.

If one extra sink hole is available, the easiest add-on is a built-in soap dispenser to reduce soap-bottle clutter on your kitchen counters. If another hole is available, a piping-hot-water dispenser can serve instant hot water for things like coffee, tea and oatmeal.

A hot-water dispenser requires a water line, but you can usually tap into the system that’s already under the sink.

Speaking of plumbing under the sink, another great option is to install a remote cable-controlled sink-drain strainer.

This allows you to avoid reaching into dirty water and under pots and pans to drain your sink. A push of the deck-mounted cable button automatically opens the sink drain.

Master contractor/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. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.



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