In any household, the sinks are some of the central fixtures in the home. Whether it is a bathroom sink, or a kitchen sink, your sink will always see a lot of action. Replacing the sink is a do it yourself project that will let you update central fixtures in your home.
The key in replacing a sink is measuring a sink to fit. Installing a new sink is an intermediate to advanced do it yourself project. The functionality of your new sink will depend entirely on your ability to measure a sink to fit. The process may be a bit difficult, but the results are definitely worth it.
Choosing a Sink Design
Durability and style are important elements when looking for a new sink. Sinks have evolved from being simply utilitarian features to having more design appeal, great lines and a wide variety of finishes. When you are replacing a sink, your main installation objective is to measure the sink to fit. But your choice of sink depends entirely upon your personal sense of style.
Modern sinks are much, much more than a simple faucet and bowl. There are multiple shapes, sizes and finishes to choose from. Surfaces like stainless steel, enameled metal, solid surface materials, quartz composites and porcelain are all part of popular sink design. There is truly a great amount to consider before purchasing a sink.
The design of your sink will depend entirely upon the current state of your kitchen. If you are looking to renovate your entire kitchen, your options will be open. However, if your only home improvement project is to create a new sink, the existing tile and cabinets will dictate the style.
A stainless steel sink will compliment flat, modern cabinets. Many people like stainless steel sinks because they are perceived to be easier to care for. A traditional porcelain sink will look great in a colonial kitchen. Contemporary kitchens benefit from a quartz composite sink. No matter what the style you will need to measure the sink to fit.
Installing the Sink
To avoid any unnecessary construction in your kitchen, you should measure the sink to fit your existing space. Choosing a sink of the same size, width and depth of your existing sink is essential in securing a good fit.
You first need to measure the size of your cabinet and countertop. All kitchen sinks require a minimum cabinet size. To find the size of your sink, measure under the existing sink. Use that measurement to find a sink in the same dimensions.
Once you have measured the sink to fit, purchase your ideal sink and bring it home. Install the faucet and sink strainer while the old sink is removed, and with the new sink flipped over. This is much easier with the sink out of the way, and more convenient than trying to install the elements from below the sink.
Create a watertight seal between the sink and the countertop while the sink is flipped over by applying a bead of silicone caulk or plumbers putty. Then flip the sink over and insert it into the opening, taking care not to disturb the caulk or putty.
Pull your sink down tight against the countertop with special mounting clips that hook onto the lip on the underside of the sink. The final step in the project is hooking up the plumbing so that your sink can drain.