3 Top-Notch Tips For Installing A Sink

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Nothing could be more frustrating than not having a sink where you want one. Luckily, putting in a new sink on your own may be easier than you think. If you've got a countertop in your home that's just begging for a new sink, read on. This article will provide three tips to make the installation process a breeze.

Tip #1: Use a jar or can to round the edges of your cut-out.

Most sinks on the market today have rounded corners. This reduces the build-up of mold and bacteria by making them easier to clean. It's important that you allow for these rounded corners when cutting a new sink hole in your countertop. Cutting a rectangular hole will leave void spaces at the four corners, making it harder to seal the sink's edges and therefore increasing the risk of leaks.  

The good news is that it's fairly easy to allow for rounded corners. Just grab a jar or can from your pantry and use this to trace the appropriate curve--one with a radius of roughly 1-1/2 inches. Because it can be difficult to create these rounded edges using a jigsaw, consider using a power drill fitted with a 2" hole bit when cutting out these corners.

Tip #2: Install the faucet body before fitting the sink into its hole.

Unless you're a seasoned plumber, installing a faucet from underneath the sink can be a real pain. That's because the hex nuts that hold the faucet in place are tricky to access from that angle. Fortunately, you can avoid this back-breaking labor by installing the faucet before you've fitted the sink into place. Just be sure to spread a towel on the countertop to protect it from scratches caused by the bottom of the sink.

Tip #3: Use plumber's putty when installing the sink strainer.

Before you attach the drain pipe to your sink, you'll need to attach the sink strainer. A sink strainer is actually made up of several parts:

  • the strainer, which is what the drain pipe attaches to
  • the basket you use to keep food particles from going down the sink
  • a washer, nut, and rubber gasket that work to hold the strainer in place

In addition to these components, however, there is one more important piece of the puzzle: plumber's putty. Only by utilizing this putty can you ensure a water-tight seal for years to come. Simply knead a golf-ball sized piece of putty into a ring roughly the size of the hole at the bottom of your sink.

Press the putty into place directly against the sink. Then install the gasket, washer, and nut according to your sink's instructions. Once the nut has been fully tightened, remove any excess putty from around the strainer. Voila, you did it! For more help, contact a local plumber, such as Paton Bros Ltd.

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Making Your Plumber's Job Easier

When you go to work everyday, do you dread working with difficult customers? If you are like most people, you might have your least favorite folks picked out by name. Fortunately, you can avoid being "that guy" for your plumber. There are a few things that you can do to make your plumber's job a little easier, including cleaning out under the sink and staying away from the chemical drain cleaner. It might not seem like much of a contribution, but a few changes can go a long way for your plumber. Read through my blog to find out more helpful tips!