Replace Your Kitchen Sink The Easy Way

Improve the appearance of your kitchen or stop leaks by following these easy directions to replace your kitchen sink.

What is required:

Crescent wrench

Phillips screwdriver

Rubber mallet or hammer

Drain line with stopper



Plumber's Putty

2 flexible water lines


Removing the old sink:

Turn off the water supply by turning off the water valves under your sink. If you do not have water valves there, you must turn off the water at the main water line. Turn both spigots on to run any residual water out and to verify that the water has been successfully turned off. Completely remove the water lines that are running to the faucet by using the crescent wrench. Place a small bowl or bucket under the elbow and remove the joint. Remove the eight (8) screws holding the sink in place with your Phillips screwdriver. Take the rubber mallet or hammer and hit the sink to break the seal from the countertop. Lift the sink out of the countertop opening and place it on its side. Use your pliers to remove the two plastic nuts underneath the sink that are holding the faucet on. Remove the faucet.

Installing the new sink:

Roll the plumber's putty into a long roll, about the diameter of a pencil. Place the putty on the new sink in the shape of the faucet. Take the faucet and place it on the putty and press down to seal the faucet on the sink. Go underneath the sink and replace the two plastic nuts. Put the two new flexible water lines on the faucet, being careful not to over-tighten (hand-tighten and 1/2 turn with the crescent wrench). Remove the excess putty around faucet by lightly scraping it away with the scraper. Unscrew the aerator (the tip of the faucet), and then open the hot and cold spigots. Attach the new drain line onto the new sink. Scrap away old putty residue off of counter. Prepare another roll of plumber's putty, and go around the opening for the sink. Place the sink in the opening and press firmly into the putty. Replace the eight (8) screws that hold the sink in place. Replace the elbow joint, and the water lines onto the water valves. Turn on the water at the source, either under sink or at the main, and let the water run to clear any debris out of the faucet. Turn off the spigots, and replace the aerator. Scrape away excess putty around sink with the scraper.

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