How to Install a Kitchen Sink
Date Added: May 7, 2011
Author: Jemsh haddin
Kitchen sink is one of the most important things in your kitchen. You need it to prepare and dispose food, wash dishes etc. Installing a kitchen sink may seem tough and complicated and many of you may want to hire professionals to do it, but in fact, you can actually do it by yourself and save a lot of money. All you need is some simple instructions.
1. Properly locate the opening
Most sinks come with a template provided by the sink manufacturer to help you accurately mark the outline of the hole and ensure right placement. Place the template on the countertop. Make sure it is exactly where you want it and it must be placed so that it is at least 1.5 to 2 inches away from the countertop’s edge. Stick the template with tape and draw a line around the edge with a marker directly onto the counter. Remove the template after you are done with this step.
2. Cut the opening
Drill 3/8-inch diameter holes at each corner of the marked opening. Use either jigsaw or saber-saw blade to cut out the piece following the marked lines. Remove the cut-out after you are done with the cutting procedure.
3. Install kitchen faucet and sink strainers
Before installing the kitchen sink, install the kitchen faucet or faucet sprayer first. After that, install the sink strainer.
4. Installing the kitchen sink
Flip the sink upside down. You can put some scrap sticks at the edges of the opening if you don’t want the countertop to be scratched. It can also protect your fingers. The sink is normally fixed with special mounting clips that are tightened with screwdriver. The spacing of the clips may vary. Refer to the manufacturer’s manual.
5. Finishing up
The final step is to connect the sink the the parts underneath the sink. First connect the P-Trap. Then, connect the faucet lines to the hot and cold supply lines using flexible supply tubes. Connect the strainer to the drain pipe. After making sure everything is connected safely, turn on the water to flush the system. Let it run for a few minutes and then reinstall the aerator. Your new sink is good to go!