Installing a shiny new kitchen sink and faucet will brighten and update your kitchen as much as new countertops, appliances and flooring – for quite a bit less money. Stainless steel sinks are popular – they are durable and easy to maintain if constructed out of heavy gauge steel. Porcelain sinks add a certain style element, but are not impact resistant, whereas the newer composite sink materials resist chipping, cracking, heat and stains.
With new fittings that are simply glued or screwed together, installing a sink and faucet isn’t difficult.
- Shut off the water supply. Place a bucket under the trap and turn the shutoff valve to cut water flow.
- Loosen the slip-nuts. Unscrew the slip-nuts on each end of the drain. If your sink is connected to a disposal or dishwasher, you’ll need to disconnect those, too.
- Remove the old sink. If mounting clips are under the sink, remove them. Use a sharp utility knife to cut through the adhesive or caulk seal around the edge of the sink. Remove the sink.
- Test-fit your new sink. Set the sink into the counter and ensure that all of the plumbing connections can be made. It may be necessary to lengthen or shorten the drain pipe if your new sink is a different depth.
- Install the basket strainer. Use Teflon tape and plumber’s putty to ensure a tight seal.
- Seal the sink. Apply a bead of silicone sealant around the lip of the counter opening. Drop the sink into the opening. Once the sink is in place, tighten the mounting clips.
- Make connections. Connect the drainpipe and trap. Connect the water supply lines to the shutoff valves.
- Check the faucet. Turn on the water supply, turn the tap on and check to make sure it’s operating properly.
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