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When you are looking for a kitchen sink that is durable, easy to take care of, will not rust, comes with a big bowl capacity, absorbent to shocks and most of all, affordable, the first sink that comes in your mind is the stainless steel kitchen sink.
The Sink is something obvious for every kitchen and there is nothing new to say about it anymore. But getting it installed at times can cause you something more than a struggle.
But not if you know how to get it done in the proper manner. Now the fact is, most of us think of getting the installed with the help of a professional who can easily get it done within a required time and you don’t even need to touch the sink before it installed finally.
But those who prefer taking help of the professionals also know that, calling them at their home for the installation process is going to cost them a good amount of money.
But it is nothing that can’t be saved. For that, all you need to do is install the sink by yourself. But for doing so, you need to know the steps first for ensuring the total installation.
Today I am going to tell you how to get a stainless sink installed step by step.
The tools you’re going to need
Obviously, for installing a stainless steel sink you are going to require some tools as it is nothing like an electronic device that you can plug and play. Let’s have a glance at them –
You are going to need that as one of the prime tools for the installation as the counter top has a specific measurement that you need to keep on mind . Because any kind of inaccurate measurement may lead you to some massive hazard.
Don’t think of using any other marker except pencil. You don’t want any mark around that you can’t remove, remember?
Like any other sink installation, drill is considered as one of the major assisting tools. But in case of sink installation, you are going to need that if you have a laminate counter top. So, get one for the installation if you don’t have one.
It is something you are going it mostly while installing the pipe with the faucet and fit them into the counter top.
Counter top cutting template
Basically, you are going to get it with your sink. You are going to need it for cutting your counter top according to the size of the sink.
Obviously you are going to need a faucet. But make sure the one you are getting is perfect fit for your sink.
T-screw clamp fastners
I hope you why they are important for completing your installation of the stainless sink. After all, you don’t want the pipes to leak any water.
Flat blade screwdriver
Often the screws that you will get for the sink will require a flat blade screwdriver. So, you better keep one around.
You are going to need that to reshape your counter top for the new stainless steel sink. Moreover, ensuring some support, you might need to added some wooden bars under certain circumstances.
For shaping them with proper measurement, having a Jigsaw is important.
For caulking the edge of the sink it something that you should keep in your tool box. Don’t forget to get a caulking gun for that.
Putty knife is not something you are going to need every day. But for scraping off the excess hardened caulking putty knife is the best option to be used.
It is pretty common to one of these at almost every home for some other regular tasks. For getting installed the sink, you need to keep one around as well.
Installation process: Step by Step
Perfect completion of the installation of stainless steel sink depends on following the right steps in an organized manner. Today I’m going to tell you about the steps that to be followed for installing the sink.
Step – 1: Gather the required tools
You are going to need some tools to finish the task as I told you earlier. Before getting started with the installation, make sure that you have gathered all of them. You can use suitable alternative tools in case you miss some from the list I have given above.
Step – 2: Measure and cut the hole.
The next step or you can consider it as the first primary step as well of installing the sink. After determining the position, Make a measurement of the sink and cut the hole with the jigsaw with a view to fit the sink in.
Make sure that there is enough clearance underneath the counter top. At the time of cutting the hole, with the sink upside down, trace around the edge.
Most of the stainless steel sink has a U channel or integrated rail. In case of having a U channel you need to draw a cut line ¼” inside the sink outline and in case of integrated rail the measurement is 3/8”.
Then get the four holes drilled connect by using the jigsaw and cut the hole according to the taken measurement.
Step – 3: Attaching the sink
You will get installation clips and threaded screws along with the sink if it is an U channel sink. As the first part of attaching the sink, use some claulk on the edge of the hole that you’ve cut and drop the sink on that place.
Use pressure to all the sides of the sink. The attach the installation clips & screws by slighting them under the counter top into each mounting ring.
Properly redistribute the clips around the sink and make sure that the screws are well tightened. Tighten all the screws until the sink is drawn down to the counter top, but do not get it too tight.
The take the putty knife and remove the excess caulk. Finish up by attaching the faucet.
Having a sink made of stainless steel is something more than common in the kitchen of regular people and people has relied on them for years.
Thousands of people around the globe has been considered it as their first choice for the kitchen and now you also know how easy it is to get installed when you need it the most.
Following the above mentioned steps I believe, has got enough idea on how to it all by yourself.