Choosing And Installing A Kitchen Sink

how to choose and install kitchen sinks

The first thing to do is choose the type of kitchen sink desired. In the not so modern days there were few to choose from. There was cast iron and there was stainless steel. The form came in few designs. The enamel coating could be easily damaged and chipped exposing the metal underneath. That exposure could lead to devastating rust and corrosion.

The stainless steel was thought at the time to be the wonder of wonders, reduced rust and no chipping. but if a utensil was ever dropped in a thin one the loud metal noise could be heard from rooms away. And they do scratch. Also they come in very limited models.

Not so today. New sink purchasers have choices in width and depth and design. They can choose from stainless steel, copper, granite, brass, and several man-made materials that can easily be shaped and can last for decades.

Stainless steel continues to be the most popular. It is easily shaped and the cost is around one hundred dollars for a run-of-the mill stainless steel sink. One thing to look for is the deadening ability or dampening of sound. The thicker the stainless steel the better the dampening of sound.

The cast iron is not as efficient but people still purchase them because they enjoy their "old timeiness".

A modern sink of modern materials can last greater than 20 years. There are certain types to choose from. There is the flush mount. This has the edge over the countertop. it has distinctive looks and stops liquids from spilling over onto the surface of the countertop.

There is the undermount sink. It is mounted under the counter top for a smooth looking surface. It is the most difficult to install.

There is the integral sink. It is made at the same time and of the same material as the counter top so is integral to the piece.

Then there is the tiled in type. it has tile on top so it is mounted even when tiles are used on countertops.

Make sure the sink size fits the cabinet. It cant be too wide or too deep. Measure both for width and depth before proceeding or else there is a risk to doing it all over again. This could prove expensive.

Use the template the manufacturer provides to site the opening where it belongs. Outline this in red. Now make a cutout of the template using a sabersaw or some other similar saw. Next install the sink strainer and faucet. Make a seal between the sink and the countertop with silicone or plumbers putty. Drop the sink into position. Now tighten the sink with the mounting clips provided by the manufacturer Next connect the P trap. Join the hot and cold supply linesand connect the waste line. Pack the basket strainer in plumbers putty before installing.

If the sink does not fit at first, remove it and check for tight spots in the template that has just been cut out. Make adjustments and attempt to re-place the sink.

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