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Question DetailsAsked on 2/6/2015

Are there any difficult plumbing issues to replace a bathroom sink with a larger kitchen one?

I want to make the bathroom sink useable for washing dishes, as there is no kitchen in this place. I can keep the same vanity but am hoping the plumbing would fit when I remove the sink and replace with a kitchen sink (one drain, no disposal).

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The difference in sink depth is unlikely to cause drainage issues, though the trap may end up being a bit higher rise to the outlet pipe, so might tend to get a bit more trap clogging if you wash food debris down there rather than scraping it off into the garbage before washign the dishes. Of course, room for a garbage disposal might be an issue but you are not looking for that capability.

Plumbing will almost certainly not "fit" exactly, but with plastic pipe not a big thing to redo that under a sink.

One thing I would wonder - sounds like you are in an illegal apartment - I have never worked in an area where a living unit did not have to have at least an efficiency kitchen, which would include at least a single-basin kitchen sink, as well as range and kitchen exhaust fan and reefer at a minimum, and in some areas must have a garbage disposal as well.

Don't know what area you live in or other living situation, but if you are paying rent on this place it is likely it is not legal and you might have legal steps you could take to make the landlord upgrade to minimum living standards. In some areas they have to refund all the rent you have paid if major minimum facilities are not provided and maintained - more so and more enforced in general in larger cities than elsewhere of course.

Note also if a rental/lease, replacing the sink with a kitchen type would require landlord approval, or you may be charged to replace the sink and vanity back to bathroom size when you move out.

One other possibility - there are also portable sinks out there that can fit over an existing basin for dishwashing/hand clotheswashing, then just dried off and stored away till next need. can give you an idea of what is available, and I have seen then at box stores like Walmart and Home Depot. Commonly have a drying rack built in at the side as well.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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