Friday, August 12, 2011

A lesson in Utility

One of the nicest things about our new house is the laundry room, which despite the hot water heater taking up space in the corner, is quite larger than what we're used to. For us, the best way to use the extra space was to install a utility sink. Between all the messy projects we do, and the shiny new sink we'll be putting in the kitchen, we knew it would be well worth it.

We spent a few weeks looking on Craigslist for a utility sink, but in the end found the best deal on Home Depot's website. Most of the plumbing supplies were bought at Habitat for Humanity ReStore for next to nothing, which helped us keep the cost of the project under $60.

The hardest part of the project was connecting the sink to the waste pipe used for the washing machine. Zach removed some of the drywall to get to the existing waste pipe, then re-plumbed it so he could attach a P-trap from the sink to the waste pipe.

Once the drywall was patched, re-textured, and primed, the sink was ready to go in. We used two hosepipe splitters, or Y-connectors, to attach the faucet to the water lines for the clothes washer.

Image source

Since we're replacing the kitchen sink and faucet, we used the old kitchen faucet for the utility sink.

If you're wondering what those funny cylinder things are, they're water hammer arresters. You can find them at your local home improvement store.

Please ignore the half finished paint job. This room is a work in progress.


  1. This is great. I needed exactly it in my art classroom when I was teaching. You wouldn't believe how hard it was to get something even remotely close. At one point I ended up with a toilet looking white ceramic basin that only had a drain (no faucets). It was right next to the other kitchen type sink, so it ended up just being a drying drain for brushes and stuff. The next year they remodeled the room and they were both replaced with something a little more practical. :-)

  2. Those water arresters are a life saver! I so wish I had a utility sink. No more washing paint brushes in the bathroom.