Today, the most popular type of kitchen sink is a drop-in sink, which sits right on top of your kitchen counter. If you’re in need of a new one, it’s not too difficult to remove your old one and learn how to install a new one. In this DIY, our installation experts explain how to install a sink:
Removing the Old Sink
- Measure your old sink and use that measurement to choose your new one.
- Start by turning of the water supply to your sink.
- Then, turn on the faucet to relieve the pressure.
- WARNING: If you have a garbage disposal, turn off the power and disconnect it to make sure it doesn’t activate while you’re working.
- Remove the sink supply lines and position a bucket underneath to catch any dripping water.
- After that, disconnect the drain pipes and unscrew the discharge pipe.
- There should be clips that attach your sink to your counter top from underneath. Use a screwdriver to remove them.
- Then, use a utility knife to cut the caulk around the sink.
- From underneath, push the sink up gently and remove it from the cavity.
- Using a putty knife, scrape away any remaining caulk or grime.
Installing the New Sink
- Once the area is prepped, drop your new sink into the cavity and make sure it fits.
- Remove it and set it on a flat surface.
- Place a bead of plumber’s putty around the drain strainer and attach it to the new sink, pressing firmly.
- Attach the new gaskets and flange to the underside of the strainer and tighten. Then, use your putty knife to clean away any excess putty.
- If you have a garbage disposal, install the new mounting bracket.
- After that, install the new faucet and the new clips to attach the sink to the counter top.
- Run a bead of silicone sealant along the underside of the sink’s edge and place the sink into the cavity.
- Press down firmly to seal the sink to the counter top, then use a screwdriver to tighten the clips underneath.
- Wipe away any excess sealant, then reattach the supply lines to the faucet.
- If you have a garbage disposal, attach it to the sink, reattach the discharge pipe, and plug it back in.
- Slowly turn on your water supply on and check for leaks.