Can I save my hootie ring?

DC Girl Rebecca sent in this question about hootie rings. Yes — hootie rings!!

Pam,
do you know if anyone sells just the metal rim to go around sinks? I have a fantastic, huge cast iron sink that I want to reuse after replacing our countertops, but a plumber I had in recently said I couldn’t because no one makes that edging anymore and it’s next to impossible to remove the sink without damaging it.

This can’t be true, can it?

Rebecca

I consulted with John V. of deabath.com, who explains:

Hi Pam;
Unfortunately, the plumber is fairly accurate.  Quite a few of those old Hootie rings were made specifically for the sink, and once the sink is discontinued, the ring goes as well.  The best I could recommend to your reader is to hit up local, well established plumbing houses and hope there’s one kicking around in the warehouse…

I’ve saved them before, and I’ve lost them before as well.  It just depends on what material was used to seal the ring onto the old countertop.  I would certainly give it a go.  And, as long as the ring isn’t physically broken, a body shop can probably repair the damage incurred during removal.  Give it a shot, what do you have to lose?

Believe it or not, the ring were originally made by Hootie Manufacturing.  Love the name….

John

Love that name, too, John, thank you!

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Comments

  1. dcgrl says

    That was me, Pam! thanks for doing the research that I’m too lazy to do. At least I have a fun new term to google: “hootie ring”!

    –rebecca

  2. Femme1 says

    When I did a google search for “hootie ring” one of the hits was for a Hootie and the Blowfish ring tone. *hoot*

  3. elvis says

    We (well, the plumber, actually) successfully re-used our hootie ring. It took me a good bit of cleaning, but was well worth the great 50’s renovation look.

  4. DanaMc says

    I had no idea it had a name.
    I have a Hootie Ring!
    *wink*

    Now, who has the best solution for getting stains out of 46 year old sinks? LOL
    DanaMc

    • Jennifer C says

      Barkeeper’s Friend is the ONLY thing that cleans our 1957 original kitchen sink. Our sink is white, so be sure to check if it will work on a colored sink if you need it to. It does a great job with a minimum of elbow grease. Good luck!

      Jen

  5. laradevil says

    I also have an original sink with the *hootie* ring – that seems to have perma-stain!! I clean it – to sparkling white – and as soon as I put a cup in it – it’s stained again!! argh

  6. says

    Okay kids…it’s krazi karmi with some cleaning solutions. :) Honestly, these things are not as delicate as we’d like to think. You know plenty of grammas have scrubbed the heck out of them over the decades! I ended up with 3 extra sinks, and I have been diligently cleaning them, preparing them for sale. I used Zep brand Calcium, Lime & Rust stain remover and an extra fine Scotch-Brite pad (they are maroon in color and found in paint and hardware stores). I also used good old fashioned cleanser. While brillo pads are too abrasive, the Scotch-Brite pads are fine. I also let soapy water with plenty of bleach sit in the sinks in preparation for the final scrub. Yes, they seem to stain quickly once in use, but…relaxxxx…it’s just the bottom of your sink!

  7. capecodmidcentury says

    Hello,

    I have my old brown sink in the kitchen with a hootie ring. I am tired of brown so at Habitat For Humanity Restore–or whatever the name is shop I found a new white sink with a white hootie ring. The sink has a chip–I bought it.

    Later I found the same sink at Micklin Hardware in Omaha ne. It was under 100 dollars. So if the chrome one doesn’t fit the new sink I purchase at Micklin–I will have to use a white hootie ring. So I know the sink and white as of last year are still available.

  8. beth says

    Y’all have MADE MY DAY – hootie rings indeed!

    And I love the color name “Sand Tan ” – much nicer name than “peach” – it is very close to mine, although mine are American Standard with Crane faucets. My plumber lusts after my Crane faucets, and he always reminds me of the other bathrooms in my city which have them.

    I passed up on one of those cast iron deep shower pans – they look like mini tubs – at a Habitat store years ago – it matched my peach bathroom fixtures perfectly but I knew that my then-husband would have a COW if I came home with it. It would have been a stunning addition, alas.

    • Pam Kueber says

      PugFreek, in America the phrase, “To have a cow” means: “To get very upset.” Like…to get so upset you give birth to a cow. :)

  9. Pat says

    Hootie ring, oh my gosh. Never heard the term til now. And I certainly didn’t know they quit making them, now I want a sink with a hootie ring!

    Hey Capecodmidcentury, are you from Omaha, so am I!

  10. king tolles says

    i have a boat that has three hatches all three are15x16 they all have hudee rings . i need all three please help if you can thanks

    • Pam Kueber says

      To everyone looking for hudee rings: I have not had time to do a complete search on these. Until I can get to it…go online and search everywhere you can find for “metal rings.”

  11. digitera says

    ELVIS: Do you have any tips for how you successfully got the ring off? Did you use anything to desolve the glue or just use a screwdriver…please divulge for all of us who desperately need a new sink but want to keep the “look”!

  12. says

    digitera, our helper removed it, but I’m pretty sure it was mainly held in place with metal clips. He was careful enough with them that we could reuse the clips. I understand the clips aren’t always salvageable, because they rust. I’ve heard you can get new clips, but I’ve also heard the new clips don’t always fit or work exactly right.

    As for removing the ring, I would use a putty knife or something very flat to separate it from the countertop. Maybe even use a utility knife first, to break the glue seal at the outside of the ring.

    Good luck!

  13. Doug D. says

    Kohler stil makes different sizes, colors & configurations of cast iron sinks with new hudee rings and clips. I special ordered a white 2 sided kitchen sink with a ring from Home Depot about 1.5 years ago. I also order a yellow and a white bathroom sink with new rings. The yellow one matched the original 1963 Kohler sink exactly & fit in the hole in the original formica countertop.

  14. mid.century.girl says

    kohler also makes the hudee ring for 2 styles of sinks: one bath and kitchen…we just bought them…a &*#$! to install.

  15. Jean says

    I have a 42″” double white kitchen sink with Huddee ring and my husbamd wants to replace with a new Kohler Cape Dory single basin. I am having missed feelings about this because the old sink is fairly chipped and one edge of the sink is seperated from the ring. We have to replace the old countertops which I am going to do in Formica and am really afaid I am going to be unhappy with everything new and clean looking around a n old and dingy sink. Help! I need some advice and feedback. I looked into resurfacing the sink and it’s quite expensive, nearly the price of a new sink.
    Thanks!
    Jean

  16. Robert Shafer says

    Where can I purchase a hutee ring . I have a tripple cast iron sink 22″ x 42″.

    Is there a special place that will make one.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.

    • pam kueber says

      robert, you are going to have to search online. i might have seen some info somewhere but i can’t remember and have never done a post. note, there were 1,056 different hudee ring sizes. first place to try: kohler sells metal ringed sink and stocks the hudee for it, not sure of the size. also try mac the antique plumber, who carries a different sized sink. then its google til your eyes pop out

  17. Sue Christenson says

    We were able to save BOTH of our hootie rings, but alas, were not able to reuse the clips. Does anyone know where I can get the clips for these darn things? Or if there is a substitute that will work? The sinks are Elkay brand. Thanks in advance for your help.

  18. Janet Gore says

    We have successfully removed two cast iron bathroom sinks along with the hootie rights that were with them for reinstallation (counter tops to be replaced). Cannot determine what type of “cement” was used to seal the ring to the sink and the countertop? Just curious ’cause we’re having a “heck of a time” getting that tannish stuff off. I know this isn’t a Q/A site, but thought maybe someone had some experience with the same thing ……

    • pam kueber says

      I recommend you contact deabath tomorrow – they are my go-to people on questions like this – may have a product that can help!

  19. Seattle Amy says

    I have a question that is probably pretty lame for all the experienced people…how do I REINSTALL my sink with hoody/hootie/hodee ring?

    I pulled the sink out to take the the local ACE to get the stopper out (it was super stuck and we think someone glued it in).

    I have refinished the sink with tub & tile epoxy paint. It turned out great.

    I painted the counter with stainless steal paint (turned out surprisingly good).

    Now I have to put it all back together, but I can’t find anything on the web that tells me how to do this. I have plumber’s putty…but where to I put it? How much to put on? What’s the process to get the ring/sink/clamps back together?

    I’m STUCK! If someone could help, I would really appreciate it!!

    • Marguerite says

      I see this is very old, and that your question was not answered here. I am in the same quandry. I got the sink out, even bought a new hudee ring to fit the sink, couldn’t get the old one off, so I just cleaned underneath it. Soaked all the rusted clips in the rust remover stuff, sanded clean, wire brushed the screws, all working now. Setting the sink back in today. There was nothing under the hudee; i.e. plumbers putty, silicone, but thinking it prob doesn’t need any as the clamps tighten it down to make a seal. So I now have a 32×21 hudee that I won’t be using because the old one just would NOT come off the sink. I guess I could have pried it up and off, but then i figured what if the new one won’t go on, so I left it. The new sinks with their lips are a hassel so I do not want a new sink, plus the sink I have is a very pretty teal color.

  20. lambchop1968 says

    I have the hootie rings on both bathroom sinks. I redid the countertops but didn’t replace the sinks. The ring wasn’t the color I wanted for the updated bathrooms, so I painted my hootie rings! I finished off w/several coats of clear varnish. So far it seems to be working well and I am very happy w/the way it looks:)

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