10 Steps to Replacing Your Kitchen Sink

Javi Calderon
10 Steps to Replacing Your Kitchen Sink

Whether redecorating your home is one of your hobbies, you are looking to upgrade and update your kitchen, or you are looking to add value to your home, installing a new kitchen sink is a quick and easy home improvement project that will change the look and feel of your kitchen without the hassle and costs of new floors and appliances.

To simplify your life, measure your current sink in advance and choose a kitchen sink style that will fit the space your sink will leave behind. If you become extraordinarily attached to a sink with different dimensions, at least make sure it is larger than your current sink, as removing countertop is considerably easier than adding it.

1.    After you’ve selected your new sink, your first step is obviously to shut off the water at the valve under the sink. Place a bucket beneath the trap to catch water trapped in the pipes.

2.    Loosen the nuts on either side of the drain and the plumbing attached to the dishwasher. Finally, unscrew the mounting clips underneath the sink.

3.    After the sink is disconnected from the countertop and your plumbing, use a utility knife to separate the caulking between the sink and the counter. Be careful not to dig into your countertop with the knife. After you have sufficiently removed the adhesive caulk you will be able to lift the sink out of the opening.

4.    Your new sink may have different dimensions than your new sink, and the drain and faucets probably won’t be in the exact same spots. So, before you go attaching your sink to the countertop, make sure that the plumbing connections fit. You may have to lengthen or remove drainage pipe.

5.    The next step is installing the sink strainer. Doing so before you attach the sink to the counter will make your life much easier. Temporarily flip the sink upside down to attach the basket strainer, using plumber’s putty and Teflon tape. This way you can work while standing, instead of on your back under the sink.

6.    Apply silicone sealant around the opening before carefully lowering the sink into place.  

7.    Be ware that an old faucet on a new kitchen sink will look awkward. Tackling both projects at once will save you both time and effort. Follow these steps on how to replace your sink faucet.

8.    Once your sink is in place, tighten the mounting clips on the underside, and install all necessary screws and nuts to the drain.

9.    Connect the water lines: hot water on the left, and cold on the right. Make sure all your connections are snug and secure so you don’t have a sprinkler system underneath your sink!

10.    Finally, turn the water valve back on and make sure your sink works properly without any leaks.

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