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Sink/Clean-Up Center Tips [] Consult with the manufacturer and when possible, raise the dishwasher up 6" to 16" for better access, or select single drawers mounted on wither side of the sink. [] Choose faucet handles that require minimum grip to use. Cross handles work, blade handles are better, and single lever, scald-control fittings are […]
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Sink/Clean-Up Center Tips

[] Consult with the manufacturer and when possible, raise the dishwasher up 6" to 16" for better access, or select single drawers mounted on wither side of the sink.

[] Choose faucet handles that require minimum grip to use. Cross handles work, blade handles are better, and single lever, scald-control fittings are the most universal.

[] Consider faucets with retractable heads, particularly in limited reach applications.

[] Plan soap dispensers for easier access, requiring less movement and less hand strength and coordination.

[] Mount soap dispensers, instant hot water dispensers and faucets on the side for easier reach.

[] Consider auxiliary foot pad control or motion activation for the faucet.

[] Create a knee space option by planning rolling waste container units under the sink.

[] If area under sink is left open for wheelchair and seated access: insulate water pipes and sink bottom to eliminate burns or cuts.

[] Use rear drain location to provide maximum space in front.

[] Position dishwasher to be used from either side, paying attention to clear floor space.

[] Provide casters for trash unit to take to table, workspace or garage.

[] Install integral or under-mounted sink to aid in easy cleanup.

[] Plan adaptable or flexible knee space at the sink to allow for occasional or future desire to sit while working.

[] Use GFCI outlets.

[] Consider inverting the sink base with the drawer on the bottom to be used as a step for children or for people of shorter stature.

[] Consider automatic faucets that are activated by sensors with pre-set temperatures.

[] Install pull-out accessories under sink for easy access.

[] Choose sinks that allow the user to reach the bottom (max 62" depth for seated or users of shorter stature).

[] Use pop-up drains and sinks that feature work covers to aid in access.



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