Tuesday, April 21, 2009

How to Replace a Kitchen Sink

Need to replace your kitchen sink? well you've come to the right place. The kitchen sink sit on the true throne of the home, your counter top. These days kitchen cabinets are the pinnacle of the place and that rusty old kitchen sink you have isn't helping them show their shine.

To replace a kitchen sink, You will need a few tools. Each sink is a little different so you may need a few more tools than I am listing and you may not need some.




assortment of wrenches


The first thing you need to do is select a new sink. If you haven't done so already, try to pick a sink that compliments your countertop and most importantly fits closely to the same dimensions as the old sink. Don't forget to consider replacing your faucet as well. After all what good is a new sink with a crusty old faucet.

Once you have your new kitchen sink, it's time to remove the old sink.

First turn off the water supply to both the hot and cold lines. Then turn both the hot and cold knobs to relieve any line pressure.

Next, disconnect the lines carefully using the appropriate wrenches. disconnect the drain pipe as well. Also remove any accessories, garbage disposals, dish washer line ect.

Check under your sink for any brackets that may be holding it in place. Some sinks have em some don't. If there are brackets go ahead and remove them now.

Using the hammer, gently tap the putty knife under the edge of the sink to help work it free from the countertop. Once the sink is free from the waterproof sealant that holds it to the countertop you can remove it.

Scrape any remaining sealant from the countertop using your putty knife. Try not to damage the surface area.

Check to be sure your new kitchen sink is going to fit properly by gently placing into the cut-out. Remove it. If it Seems a little too large and your countertop is formica, you can trim the cut-out with a jig saw. Apply masking tape across the areas you will be cutting. this will keep the jig saw from scarring the surface and help prevent cracking the formica laminate.

Apply new waterproof sealant such as clear silicone around the cut-out and set your new sink in place.

Attach any retainer clips (if any) that your sink may have been packaged with.

Install your new faucet on the sink following the directions that came with it then install your drains,garbage disposal, drain and water lines by reversing the removal directions.

Turn your water supply back on and check for leaks.

Congratulations! You have a brand new kitchen sink.

Autor: Mark Wynn

Mark Wynn has been around construction his entire life. He come from a line of contractors starting with his grandfather. He has worked in the construction industry himself for the past 16 years. His construction firm specializes in remodeling, refurbishing, and damage repair. Mark also hosts Web Rock City , a diy home repair resource for beginners.

Added: April 21, 2009
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