Elizabeth asks, “Do I need clips to hold my drop-in sink and hootie ring in place?” Three approaches – read on:
I need assistance from the site/members who may have installed a vintage cast-iron sink with metal rim (“hootie ring”).
My sink is a vintage Kohler item from ReStore that came with its own 32″x21″ stainless “hootie ring.” No clips were there.
We’re now at an impasse with the counter maker, who insists that ALL sinks have clips. He won’t proceed with the counter order/cut-out until we provide clips for this sink.
(1) I’ve spoken with Mac the Plumber’s customer service line AND Kohler’s customer service. Mac says that sinks with “hootie rings” don’t have clips–the overhang of the sink beyond the smaller-cut hole bears all the weight. For its part, Kohler says that cast-iron sink don’t have clips (regardless of ring or no ring) because anything as heavy as cast iron isn’t going anywhere.
The contractor, for his part, has never done an installation like this but swears that an old cast-iron sink that he removed one time DID have clips.
I need guidance from more experienced folks about a) whether they used clips and b) precisely how a sink with “hootie ring” gets installed in a laminate countertop (no tile).
Elizabeth, no surprise here, Palm Springs Stephan to the rescue. He sends the photo just above – along with the following report straight from his kitchen sink:
The attached photo is for St Louis Elizabeth in regard to her contractor demanding sink clips.
(2) My own sink is porcelained steel (? thin cast iron?) and I believe original, and is dropped into an original 1958 Formica-over-plywood countertop. The faucet was re-done at some point, but I am fairly certain that the sink itself has never been removed from the countertop, since the “hootie ring” appears intact. So I am sending along this photo of the clips. I cannot really tell whether they are original or were added at some later re-sale in order to comply with California building codes regarding earthquakes. EVERYTHING has to be bolted down here, and any seller must make the property quake-code compliant prior to any sale, so they may easily be later additions.
I hope St Louis Elizabeth finds this helpful.
Palm Springs Stephan
AND an update from John at deabath advises clips, too!
(2) Yes, the rings always need a clip. Here’s the problem, many of the clips are specific to the rim. Inform the public; if you find a nice metal rim sink at a salvage yard, BE SURE the rim and clips are with it. When the salesperson at the yard tells you that you can get the clips at any plumbing shop, don’t believe it…..