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Hello Ed: I am looking to purchase a new stainless steel kitchen sink and have been a little confused. What is the difference between a fabricated stainless steel sink and a molded stainless steel sink?

— Dan, Kansas

Dear Ed: Molded or drawn stainless steel sinks are found in most kitchens because of the many designs available and the attractive price ranges to choose from.

Basically, a molded stainless steel sink is made by pressing a sheet of steel into a mold. This process produces smooth, rounded sink bowls that are easy to install and maintain.

A fabricated stainless steel sink is made by bending, cutting and welding metal sheets to form a box-like kitchen sink. This type of sink is popular for professional style kitchens, but you may need to fabricate a little extra money in your budget to include a fabricated stainless steel sink.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com.

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