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Special kitchen sink for tile countertop

A tile-in cast-iron kitchen sink is a drop-in style install, so it’s easier to work with than an under-mount sink. Kohler

Q: I am pretty handy and follow your tips whenever I do plumbing work. I plan to remodel my kitchen myself and will install granite tiles on my countertops since I don’t have the equipment or skills to cut granite slabs. When working with tile, I’m confused as to what style I should choose for the kitchen sink.

— Fred, New York state

A: Since I have worked with this type of kitchen sink before, it’s an easy choice.

I recommend a tile-in cast-iron kitchen sink. This type of kitchen sink is a drop-in style install, so it’s easier to work with than an under-mount sink.

But, the big advantage with a tile-in sink is it features a flat and square-edged rim, equal in thickness to most tiles. Basically, the sink is like a big tile that fits perfectly to the tiles that surround the sink. Grout finishes the joints between sink and tile, just like when tile meets tile. End result is the sink becomes part of the tile countertop.

Bottom line: A tile-in cast iron kitchen sink can help you complete your puzzling problem.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call” and the host of TV and Internet shows. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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