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Tips to mod a single basin kitchen sink into a double-basin? Answered

Greetings All,

I have a largish single basin sink in my kitchen. I don't have a dishwasher, and I find that its easiest to do dishes with two basins - one for washing, the other for rinsing. I beleve this is also an efficient use of water and energy (to heat the water). Since I rent, I can't replace the sink itself, which is the most direct solution.

I have tried using various tubs and buckets in the sink. To date I haven't found any that work well. Usually the geometry is all wrong. The bucket is either too small to be useful, or too big to fit in the sink. Or, the shape of the bucket or tub makes an awkward fit, and won't lie flat, etc etc.

My dream solution would be to make a custom tub whose outer dimensions match exactly one half of the existing basin. Ideally out of pliable silicone.

Is this feasible?

THanks!

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00MrNotWrong00 (author)2010-07-19

I'd get a plastic tub and put a cooler drain in the side of it , set it on the counter top so the drain can empty into the sink, fill it with hot water and soap and use it for washing and the actual basin for rinsing then the water can go down the drain and you can empty you wash water down the drain too.

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That's an excellent idea! It may require rearranging my counterspace and drying rack, but I'm going to try it out! Thanks.

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caitlinsdad (author)2010-07-16

You might want to build it up out of fiberglass mat and resin. You need the strength to hold the half tub of water. Grease up everything with vaseline and plastic wrap and you can mold it directly in the sink. Good luck.

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gionwhorphin (author)caitlinsdad2010-07-16

Thanks for the idea! I'm off to read up on working with those materials.

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A little preliminary research indicates using fiberglass indoors is undesirable owing to adverse health effects of fiberglass dust and chemical fumes.

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Arano (author)2010-07-17

you could make some kind of removable separator which will half the basin

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