For homeowners who love doing experiments with every part of their homes, it would be thrilling to do everything by themselves. One of the areas that you can experiment with is a kitchen, especially if you love cooking. The kitchen is a part of the house that is very important in a house and needs to be updated. One of the core features that you might need to update is a kitchen sink.
Replacing a kitchen sink is something that you can do to achieve a new look whether you’re planning to renovate, remodel, or just simply want to update the look. It’s also one of the ways you can do to change it to a different type. If you’re planning to do this job by yourself, you have to spare 1,5 to 3 hours of your free time since it consumes a lot of time. Yes, replacing a kitchen sink can be easy but if you’re trying to use a pro’s help, it will cost you around $200 to $600.
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Below we have prepared a tutorial on how to replace a kitchen sink by yourself. Just keep scrolling down this page and get ready to do it by yourself.
How to Replace a Kitchen Sink
First of all, you will need some tools and supplies to support this job. These tools and supplies are very easy to get and quite affordable:
- Protective gears (goggle and gloves)
- Plumber’s tape
- Plumber’s putty
- Tape measure
- Utility knife
- Adjustable wrench
- Pipe wrench
- Caulk/waterproof sealant
- Pry bar
- Soft towel/cloth
Disconnect Water Supply
First of all, disconnect the water supply for a smooth process and safe surroundings.
- Turn off the water flowing to the kitchen sink from the valves that are usually located directly under the sink.
- If you can’t spot the valve under the sink, you might need to cut off the water supply completely from the main source.
- Before removing the old sink, turn on the faucets to ensure there is no water flow.
- Just in case there’s any leak, you may put a bucket underneath the sink.
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Remove the Old Sink
The next step is removing the trap from the old sink and start installing a new one.
- These parts are usually located on the pipes directly underneath the sink.
- Then, loosen or break the clips.
- By using a utility knife, cut the seal around the old sink.
- Remove the old sink.
Measure the New Sink
The next step is to take measurements of the new sink to ensure that the size of the sink is matching perfectly.
- By using a tape measure, measure the length, width, and depth of the current sink.
- Then, measure the width of the countertop, the distance from the sink’s edge to the countertop’s edge, and the back of the sink to the wall.
- The new sink should be the same size or slightly larger than your current sink.
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Install the New Faucet
Installing a new faucet is an optional step but it usually becomes a set to install along with the new sink. The steps are:
- Please make sure that you read the user’s manual or manufacturer’s instructions carefully to make sure that it’s installed correctly.
- You may want to put down a rope of plumbers putty underneath the sink drain ring.
- Attach the P-trap to the new sink drain line.
- Apply plumbers tape in a clockwise direction before attaching the water valve lines.
Caulk the Surrounding
Before using the caulk, please ensure that the brand is safe for your particular counter because if you use the wrong materials, they can ruin granite and other fine materials. The last thing is discoloring the ring around the new sink.
- To caulk it, turn the new sink upside down on the towel and run a ¼-inch of caulk under the rim.
- Put the sink in place and press it down firmly around all edges.
- Wipe off any runoff caulk with soft towels or cloths.
- Re-install the clips.
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Reconnect the Water Supply
Now, you’re almost done with the process and just need to reconnect the plumbing to the sink and faucet. The steps that you can do are:
- Attach and tighten the faucet connections and the drain assembly.
- Connect the supply lines to the faucet’s tailpieces.
- Connect the stopper, the tailpiece, and the trap.
- Ensure all connections are secure.
- Flush the sink to remove any dirt or air from the water lines before turning the water back on.
Check for Leaks
Last but not least, please ensure that everything works properly by checking if there’s any leak from the pipe or plumb system.
- Turn the water valves back on and look for any leaks around the sink or under the pipes.
- If you see leaks, carefully tighten the slip nuts until the dripping stops.
- Repeat this step to make sure that there’s no more leak.
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Replacing a kitchen sink is absolutely something that you can do by yourself, especially if you love a DIY project. Also, it saves you from spending more budget on professional help and can use it for something else instead. If you’re planning to do this job by yourself, please make sure to do it in a safe environment by wearing protective gear and free from any electricity.
Also, don’t forget to choose the day where you have extra free time since it needs extra time, not just 30 or 45 minutes. We hope that this quick tutorial can help and be useful for you and now, you’re all set to replace your own kitchen sink by yourself!