3 Tips For Installing A New Sink

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An insufficient number of sinks in the home can be a real cause of frustration. For that reason, many home owners choose to install new sinks themselves--often with less than ideal results. If you're in a remodeling mood and want to add a well-placed sink to your home, read on. This article will introduce three helpful tips to ensure the results are both attractive and functional. 

Use a jar to help mark the edges of your new sink hole.

If sinks were perfect squares, measuring and cutting the appropriate hole in your counter top wouldn't be half as hard. But then again, those sharp edges would make the sink itself be twice as hard to clean. That's why most of the sinks available today come with rounded corners. Unfortunately, drawing an appropriately shaped curve on the counter top can present a challenge for amateur plumbers, since they often end up with either a hole that has too large a gap around it or one too small for the sink to fit into.

Luckily, the solution lies as close as your pantry. Just go find a can or jar that fits snugly into the curve of your new sink. This you can then use as a template when tracing the cut lines on your counter top. To ensure proper results, be aware that the resulting curve should have a radius of approximately one and a half inches.

Attach the faucet to the sink before putting the sink in place.

Once you've got a hole cut into the counter top, it's hard to resist the temptation to install the sink right away. Yet this means you will end up having to install your faucet from underneath. And unless you happen to be a professional plumber, that's no easy task.

Therefore, plan to save yourself both time and energy by attaching the faucet before the sink is in place. This will make tightening the hex nuts on the bottom side of the sink immensely easier. Just be aware that the bottom surface of the sink may be sharp and or rough. To prevent this from scratching your counter, lay out a thick towel to place the sink on while you attach the faucet.

Invest in some plumber's putty for installing your sink strainer.

The assemblage at the bottom of the sink where the water flows into the drain pipe is known as the strainer. A sink strainer consists of the following parts:

  • the strainer itself, which provides the point of attachment for the drain pipe
  • the basket, used to catch larger food particles
  • a nut, washer, and rubber gasket used to create a seal between strainer and pipe

When assembling the strainer, however, there is yet another important ingredient: plumber's putty. This thick, clay-like substance helps to form a truly water-tight seal--one that will hold up for years and years. All you have to do is roll out a rope of putty and press it against the base of the strainer before installation.

If you feel you cannot accomplish any of these steps, consider contacting a professional plumber, such as those at A Absolute Plumbing & Heating, for assistance.

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