The idea of installing a kitchen sink would not be something that most people would want to do, because it seems like a complex job. But the fact is, that if you know how it should be done, then maybe it is possible. Doing the job yourself will also save you some money. It is always good to have a basic knowledge of DIY, as this can stand you in good stead if something needs to be fixed quickly.
Here are some basic steps in kitchen sink installation that most plumbers follow. Before the actual installation, there are some things that you need to prepare. These are:
– All the sink parts, including faucet, strainer, P-trap and tubing.
– Electric drill, jig saw, measuring tape and any other specific tools you’ll need.
– Supplies like adhesive tape and plumber’s putty
1) The very first thing to do is to measure the space for the sink under your countertop. You need this in order to buy the right size of sink that will fit your countertop.
2) So, assuming you have now bought the correct sink, on to the next step. Use the template that came with the sink and place it where you want the sink to be fitted. Don’t forget to leave a minimum of 1.5 inches between the sink and the edge of the countertop. Secure the template with the adhesive tape then mark its outline. Then, remove the template.
3) Get the electric drill and bore 3/8 inch holes at the four corners of the sink as drawn in the outline. Connect the holes with the marker. Get your saber saw and start cutting into the countertop going from one hole to the next until you have finished the last hole. Remove this cut-out. The open space is where you will install the sink.
4) Now, install the faucet by following the instructions that came with the box when you bought it. Then attach the sink strainer to the kitchen sink strainer hole.
5) Put the sink upside down and apply plumber’s putty over all its edges. Flip the sink over to the sink opening at the countertop. Secure it in place by using clips and see to it that there are no open spaces in between the sink and the countertop. Screw the sink into the countertop to fix it in place.
6) Connect the sink to the plumbing underneath the countertop. Connect the P-trap as well and the flexible tubing for the hot and cold water supply. Finally, connect the strainer to the drain pipe. Your kitchen sink installation is now complete.
Installing kitchen sinks is often best left to the professionals, so you should definitely consider this option.
Also read the closely related article on kichen sink plumbing, as this will add to your knowledge.
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