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Need Help Finding an Odd Sized Strainer Basket
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Hi, I'm renovating my grandparents house that was built in the 1930's. The kitchen sink was made by the Standard Sanitation Company, they became American Standard, the sink is enamel on cast iron. Each basin is deep but it's not a deep fireclay or farm house sink. One of the drain openings is 5 inches. I have found some 4.5 inch strainers but no 5's, even for commercial sinks. Has anyone ever had to find an odd sized strainer & basket?

I want to replace the sink because the tile on the counter & backsplash are all original so I would never be able to replace it. Could this sink be a one off? Could I use a 4.5 inch one and have a sleeve or flag fabricated to set it in? Thanks for any help & advise.

dj1
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dj1

Hard to practically impossible to find. Try old time plumber shops or plumbers' yards. If they don't have new (doubtful) or used ones in good shape, then nobody has them.

What you plan to do may or may not work. You will have to fabricate it to perfection to avoid leaks.

The other logical solution is to replace the sink. 85 year old sink? you got your money's worth.

Fencepost
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Fencepost
dj1 wrote:

The other logical solution is to replace the sink. 85 year old sink? you got your money's worth.

95:1 odds that the sink is a nonstandard shape and size, made before fixture sizes and shapes were standardized. Replacement means replacing the entire countertop (just try finding reproduction tiles that match the original!) and possibly even the cabinets. Having a strainer basket custom fabricated by a metalworking shop might be cheap in comparison, even at a few hundred dollars!

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

It may be worth a try to get a sheet metal shop to fab a couple adapter rings from heavy stainless sheet (one top one bottom) then use scrap rubber roofing or truck inner tube to create gaskets for the 4 1/2" drain you can get. With some plumber's putty where needed it might work or it might not but it shouldn't cost much.

Phil

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