How can we tell the weight/quality of our stainless steel sink?

Old 10-16-16, 04:55 PM
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How can we tell the weight/quality of our stainless steel sink?

While installing a new faucet on our kitchen sink, the plumber scratched our thick stainless steel sink badly. He said that he'll install a new stainless steel sink to make up for it, but I'm wary. Our existing sink is solid as a rock, heavy, thick, old school. I've seen the stainless steel sinks they make today and they're not nearly as substantial. So, when the plumber shows up with his new sink, how can we compare the two before he takes the existing one out? I don't even want him to try if the new sink is thin. Thanks!
Old 10-16-16, 05:43 PM
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How in the world was your built like a tank sink scratched so bad that it needed to be replaced? If he does replace it make sure you keep the old one in case you want to go back to it.

As for telling the weight or quality of a sink your general impression will get you far. Simply tapping or pushing on it will give you some idea of it's thickness and heft. If you have calipers or micrometers you can measure the thickness of the metal but like holding a real Rolex and a $10 fake you can tell pretty easily. You've described your old sink as a rock, heavy, thick and old school. I'm certain you will have no trouble telling if the new sink is of similar quality.
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Of course pictures of the scratch may help. I would try to polish it out with 600 grit paper going with the grain on the stainless, but I'd like to see it first. What Dane said is spot on. It will be in the eyes of the beholder.
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If your sink is top mount, a quality sink would be around 20 - 23 gauge, 20 being better.
A quality undermount sink would be 18 gauge.
Many professional plumbers use Ferguson as a source of supply and the Mainline brand of sinks are popular with them. It might not be old school, but the weight and sound deadening are better than what you will find in most home stores. I've never had a complaint.

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