No matter what part of the country you live in, outdoor kitchens create a whole new dimension to the outdoor living space. They allow the host to spend time with guests and prevent doors from being constantly opened and shut. An outdoor kitchen space would not be complete without an outdoor sink. However, a traditional outdoor sink has costly and time-intensive plumbing. It involves digging up the yard and connecting the sink lines to sewer lines. A plumber is frequently required for this job. A dry sink or sink connected to the outdoor faucet are both easy ways to bring water into the sink. It should be noted that neither of these methods create a potable drinking system unless your house has a whole house plumbing and water filtering system. However, they can be used to rinse dishes, wash veggies, and wash our hands. This article will review how to install it using the outdoor faucet. This is a plumbing installation of medium difficulty that can be completed by one person in a day.
- Faucet Connector
- Plumbing Connector
- Brass Hose Connector
- Teflon Tape
- Y Splitter
- T-Shaped Drain
Step 1. Connect Sink and Outdoor Hose
The water line for the sink needs to be connected to the outdoor hose. If you have a hot water outdoor hose set-up, you can even have hot water for your outdoor sink.
Step 2. Apply Teflon Tape
Teflon tape should be applied to all of the threaded connections. Teflon tape serves two purposes. IT helps prevent corrosion and freezing and permits easier dethreading of the connections.
Step 3. Connect Straight Connector to Faucet Connector
The very first thing to do with the straight connector is to remove the nut and ferrule. Then connect the straight connector to the brass hose connector. The male end of the straight connector should be attached to the faucet connector.
Step 4. Connect Faucet Connector and Y Splitter.
The faucet connector should be connected to the Y splitter. This splitter is attached to the faucet. Simlar to how an electric power strip, splits the power between several different appliances, a Y splitter allows for more than one connection to the same faucet. This way another hose could be used to wash the car or water the yard.
Step 5. Install the Sink Drain
This installation will be the same as installing the drain under the kitchen sink. It uses a T, Y, or S shaped drain depending on the sink and drain connections.
Step 6. Create a Water Collection System
There are three major ways to create an easy water collection system. The easiest and quickest is to simply place a large bucket under the drain. When the bucket is full, carry it and dump the water. The second way is to dig a trench and run a large PVC pipe from the drain to the sewer area of the house. If it is not possible to run to a sewer area, make sure that the pipe flows downhill. The third way is to install a pipe above the sink that runs to the sewer line. This requires some more installation to allow the water to flow against gravity.
An important thing to note besides the fact that this water is not ideal for drinking is that large food scraps should not be placed down the drain. In this sense, it makes sense to have a compost bin next to the sink. Finally, if you have a whole house watering system that is connected to your outdoor faucets, this makes the water the same as the water you would get inside your house, and thus safe for drinking. Having an outdoor sink makes life easier and creates an extra seasonal living space.