• In this video, This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey explains how to install a utility sink.

    1. Turn off water
    2. Cut section from existing drain pipe and install a new Wye-fitting
    3. Assemble PVC pipe and fittings for new drain/vent system
    4. Glue drain/vent system to existing vent stack
    5. Rough in the PVC trap assembly
    6. Set the sink into position, inserting its chrome tailpiece into the PVC trap
    7. Tighten the compression nut on the tailpiece to secure the trap
    8. Place plumber's putty under faucet, and install it to the sink deck; tighten nuts from below
    9. Cut into existing hot- and cold-water supply pipes, and solder in tee fittings
    10. Install copper wall anchors to hold new piping in place
    11. Attach flexible supply lines to the hot- and cold-water pipes, and to the faucet
    • Difficulty: Moderate to hard
      Fairly advanced plumbing skills are needed to connect the new sink to the existing water-supply pipes and drain lines.

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      Tools List

      • pvc pipe cutter
        PVC Pipe Saw
      • tubing cutter
        Tubing Cutter
      • propane torch
        Propane Torch
      • drill
        Drill driver
        with ¼-inch masonry drill bit
      • hammer
      • adjustable wrench
        Adjustable Wrench
      • safety glasses
        Safety glasses

      Shopping List

      1. Utility laundry sink

      2. Latex gloves

      3. Lead-free solder

      4. Flux

      5. Emery cloth

      6. PVC primer and cement

      7. PVC pipe and assorted fittings

      8. Copper pipe and assorted fittings

      9. Copper wall anchors

      10. Plastic screw anchors

      11. Flexible supply lines

      12. Fire extinguisher