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How to install a sink

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Here are some tips about installing a new sink in your home

How to install a sink calls for some general applications that are the same regardless of the material chosen for the counter. If you are planning to renovate the entire bathroom, remember that the width of the sink is dependent on the width of the vanity cabinet that will house it. In order to do things correctly, when learning how to install a sink, check the inside of the vanity cabinet to make sure there are no obstacles like drawers for example, that could limit the size of the new sink. Also, make sure when measuring that you account for any backsplash, as this can reduce the maximum allowable depth of the sink by a much as two inches.

Before you can even think about how to install a sink, you must purchase the right size over mount bathroom sink for your vanity countertop. You can design your own style, customizing the space just for you and your loved ones. If you are replacing a bathroom sink, the task of selecting a new one is a little easier as there already is a pre-defined hole specific to the needed size. After turning the water supply off, follow some of these steps, which will indicate how to install a sink.

Procedure for installing a sink

1- Positioning

Position the sink upside-down on the newly laminated counter top or the plywood base. Try to center it, but leave at least 1 1/2 inches and not more than 3 inches from the edge of the counter. Draw a pencil line around the edge of the sink.

2- Measuring

Measure inward, and draw another line 11/2 inches long inside the sink line.

3- Drilling

You will need some help with this step. Drill a hole large enough for a saber saw blade to the inside of each corner of the inside line and cut along this line while another person supports the sink from below. Lift the unwanted piece out.

4- Caulking

Position a bead of caulk carefully along the entire bottom edge of the upside down (self-rimming) sink and over the opening. Press firmly, making sure excess caulk oozes out along the edges. You may need some additional hardware, which if you do, will be indicated in the manufacturer’s instructions.

5- Installing faucets

 How to install a sink requires knowing how to mount the faucets. They usually have manufacturer’s instructions to follow as well. Plumber’s putty is used to mount them through the holes in the sink. A common, adjustable wrench works well to tighten up the faucets’ hardware. Do not over-tighten, as you could potentially crack the sink. One way to minimize work underneath the countertop is to attach the faucets to the sink before installation.

6- Supply line connector kits

 How to install a sink can be done via a supply line connector kit. They contain the flexible chrome pipe, hardware, shutoff valves and instructions. You will need to specify the diameter and material of the supply pipe and if the sink is not in the bathroom and will involve a dishwasher, it will require a special T-shaped shutoff valve.

7- The basket strainer and the P-Trap

The basket strainer should be packed with plumber's putty and pushed firmly down into place. At the point where the strainer is threaded underneath, a washer is slipped into place and then a lock nut is tightened down until the putty oozes out. Clean off all excess putty. The P-trap is installed next by connecting the tailpiece to the basket strainer using a slip nut over a washer. Then connect the P-trap to the tailpiece with another washer and slip nut, and to the wall stub-out with a curved drain extension pipe.

Turn the water supply lines back on and test to see if the bathroom faucet operates correctly and that there are no leaks around the sink drain assembly or supply lines. If there are, turn off the water and gently tighten the connection. Let it stand overnight before using.

  How to install a sink may not be the easiest task to take on, but it can be done if you follow instructions carefully.

Good luck and just in case, consider working with a life preserver around your waist.

 Best to be prepared because let’s face it, you never know…

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