Utility sink

We need running water and a sink for our next tasks, which are painting the drywall and cleaning and staining the concrete floor.

Well, we sort of had running water by attaching a short hose to the laundry shutoff valve.


This worked OK until now. Knowing what lies ahead, however, we decided it’s time to install the utility sink. Considering that the plumbing lines are in place and that the wall tile at the utility sink location is installed, we have no excuse to delay this task any further.

Except for the utility sink itself. We love it because it is one of those original treasures from the house that we were able to salvage. But we also hate it because it is so incredibly heavy. It has two basins and, as far as we can tell, is made out of soapstone. Two big guys can barely move it onto and off a dolly.


Considering its intimidating weight, I had very little faith in the old metal stand that came with the sink. Not only did it look too flimsy, but showed too much corrosion for my comfort level.

I opted to construct a new and very well built sink base out of framing lumber and heavy duty hardware.

The most challenging aspect of the installation was to lift the sink onto the new base and then maneuver everything into its final location. Installing the faucet and drain with the P-trap was easy sailing in comparison.

Although I have to admit, there was a certain level of nervousness while I was lying under the sink installing the drain. That said, I can report that the new base is holding up perfectly well and that the sink will serve us great on our next tasks.

Keep checking for the next post!

About Marcus de la fleur

Marcus is a Registered Landscape Architect with a horticultural degree from the School of Horticulture at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, UK. He developed a landscape based sustainable pilot project at 168 Elm Ave. in 2002, and has expanded his skill set to building science. Starting in 2009, Marcus applied the newly acquired expertise to the deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year old home in Chicago.

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