What You Should Know When Installing a New Kitchen Sink If your kitchen sink is starting to look old and outdated, it is time to replace it with a new one. However, this task is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Many DIY enthusiasts have found themselves accidentally destroying their countertops in an attempt to take out the old sink and the supporting hudee ring. It is important to know the right technique for removing and replacing a sink so that your kitchen upgrade will go off without a hitch.
Buy the Right Sink The first step is to buy the appropriate sink to fit the existing opening as well as all of the supplies that you will need to complete the job and there are many good suppliers that can supply this online. Start early in the morning so that you have a good chance of finishing the project in one day and ask a friend to help you with the extra weight.
Push Out the Sink From Underneath Of course, the first step is to turn off the water mains in your home. Next, clear out everything in the sink cabinet, get down on your hands and knees and crawl into it with a torch. Take a look for the clips that attach the sink and the rim to the countertop. Remove these clips and then carefully disconnect the drain plumbing and supply. Ask your assistant to hold on to the sink from above while you push from underneath. If there is a caulking seal around the sides, you might need to use a putty knife to loosen it.
Installing the New Sink Before installing the new sink into the hole you have just made, you will need to prepare it. Stainless steel fresh from the factory can have a smell to it, so scrub the sink down carefully outdoors. Next, install the faucet according to the directions of the manufacturer because this is easier to do before the sink is installed. You can also take this opportunity to install all of the accessories such as the detergent dispenser and the sprayer. Put down a ribbon of plumberâ€™s putty and apply caulk under the rim of the sink and set it into the opening. Install the new sink clips and reconnect the supply lines and the drain pipes. If you have flexible
supply hoses it is recommended not to reuse the old hoses in case the rubber gasket that is used to seal the connection has become hard and inflexible over the years.
Testing the Sink When you have the sink completely installed, turn on the water and run it for a few minutes. Make sure that there are no leaks around the drain or in the tubing. Once you are sure that everything works well, you will have successfully installed your new kitchen sink. Enjoy this newest upgrade to your kitchen.
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