Sunday, 23 November 2008

5 Easy Ways to Install a New Kitchen Sink

First Step - You have to place the sink upside down in the desired location on the countertop. The sink should be parallel to the counter's edge and far enough back to clear the overhang and the face of the underlying cabinet. Make sure that, once installed, the sink will not interfere with the existing cabinet or counter support structure. You need to do this to know the measurements on it.

Second Step - Now the tracing begins, using a pencil, accurately mark the location of the sink on the countertop. Then, remove the sink and draw another set of lines 3/8" inside the first set. Measure to ensure that your lines are parallel with the front of the counter. Next, the inside lines you've drawn are the cut lines for the hole into which the sink will be placed. The edges of the sink will overlap the edges of the hole to the outside set of lines. Carefully draw and check these lines to make sure the edges of the sink will completely cover the hole all the way around before proceeding.

Third Step - Now the drilling is next, drill a 1/4" hole approximately 1" inside the cut line. Enlarge the hole with a 1/2" bit. Place masking tape on the heel of the jigsaw to prevent scratching the countertop. Insert the jigsaw blade into the hole and carefully cut out the sink hole while remaining just inside the lines. Be careful to cut the corners exactly as marked, and don't allow the blade to wander outside of the cut line. Insert the sink into the hole in the countertop to test the fit. The thing with it is you need to know if its fits, sometimes some kitchen sink are heavy so you to know if you are on the right path.

Fourth Step - Now, to prevent injuries to yourself or damage to the sink or counter, be sure to have someone help you lift the sink. After testing the fit, remove the sink. Make adjustments to the hole if necessary. Now, insert the sink into the hole. To prevent smearing the sealant, you can grasp by the drain holes or the center structure. Align the sink carefully and press down to seat the sink in the sealant. In that way the kitchen sink will be safe in way.

Fifth Step - This is the last step so be easy, from under the counter, fasten the sink in place by tightening the clips. Be sure to bend the ends of the clips away from the rim. The clips will pull the sink tight against the countertop. Use a damp cloth to remove any excess sealant from the countertop around the sink. Allow the sealant to dry according to the manufacturer's instructions. Connect the water supply and drain lines. And alas you have successfully installed a brand new kitchen sink, without any trouble whatsoever.