Replacing Your Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Replacing your old sink and faucet can make a big aesthetic and performance difference in your kitchen. The following are some helpful tips when it comes time to replace them.
When is it Time to Replace My Sink and Faucet?
If your sink is worn or has chips, it might be time for replacement. Additionally, if your faucet is leaking or isn't working as it should, it is a good candidate to be replaced as well. They don't have to be broken however, you might just think it's time for a change in style.
Cost Factors of Replacing Your Sink and Faucet
Both labor and material costs factor almost equally into this project. If you are a capable do-it-yourselfer, then you can save on your project cost depending on the quality of your finishes selected. Below are the main cost factors in the project of replacing your sink and faucet.
- Removal of the old sink and faucet
- Purchase and installation of the new sink and faucet
- Replacing water supply lines and angle stop (if necessary)
- Installing any new plumbing and materials
Saving Opportunities on Labor Costs
If you are hiring a plumber to install your new sink and faucet, you can still save on costs by removing your existing sink and faucet yourself. Below are the steps to remove your existing sink. When removing your sink, leave the faucet connected to the sink to make removal easier.
- Turn off your waterYour water can be turned off under the sink on the wall. If you can't turn the water off here you can always turn off the main valve. Once the water is turned off you will want to open your faucet to release any water pressure thats left. it's always a good idea to have some bath towels on hand when disconnecting water lines.
- Unplug your garbage disposalIf your disposal is hard wired you can shut your electricity off at the main breaker.
- Detach the water lines to the faucetUnscrew the water lines to sink with a wrench and disconnect. Be ready for any water that is still in the water lines.
- Detach the plumbing and drain lines to your garbage disposalUnder the sink, disconnect and remove the p-trap by loosening the slip nut located at the top. Note that there will be water left in the pipe so be ready with a bucket or towels. Also disconnect the dishwasher drain line attached to the disposal.
- Remove the garbage disposalRefer to your owner's manual for removal. To unhook the unit, twist the mounting ring until it dislodges. Be careful, garbage disposals can be heavy and once they dislodge they can surprise you.
- Remove the sinkThese are instructions for drop-in sinks. Remove the clips underneath your sink attaching it to the countertop. Carefully cut along the caulk sealant around the sink with a knife and gently pry it loose from the counter making sure not to damage the finish. Remove the sink and clean any remaining sealant left on your countertop.
Installing Your New Sink and Faucet
You have many quality options for your style of faucet but the majority have the same install dimensions and will fit most sinks. If you are replacing a similar sized sink (single or double size bowl) you will not need to make any major changes to your plumbing. Sinks come in different styles and sizes. The most common style is the drop-in sink however you can also get an under the counter sink. Below are steps to install a drop-in sink.
- Assemble your clips and check for a good fitAttach the mounting clips underneath your sink while it is easily accessible making sure not to tighten all the way. You will need to rotate the clips inward to be able to fit the sink in the opening. Put your sink in the opening to check the fit. You may need to make adjustments to your opening. Remove the sink to make it easier to install your faucets.
- Assemble your faucet componentsNow is an easier time to assemble your faucet, drain strainers and garbage disposal ring to your new sink. Follow the manufacturer directions that came with your components. Make sure you have plumbers putty on hand for installing the drainer.
- Install the sinkAdd sealant to the bottom of your sink edge in a nice even bead. Gently place your new sink into place. Sinks can be heavy so having someone to help is a good idea. Once your sink is in you will need to secure the clips you installed earlier to the bottom of the countertop. Rotate and tighten the mounting clips.
- Re-attach the water lines to the faucetBefore you install the garbage disposal, attach the water lines to your faucet with a wrench making sure to not over-tighten.
- Re-attach the garbage disposalYour new unit should twist into the mounting ring. Make sure it is tight and secure.
- Reconnect your plumbingIt's a good idea to make sure any adhesive or sealant has dried before you re-connect your plumbing. If your plumbing does not fit you can buy connecting kits at your local hardware store to help you make your connections. Attach both the plumbing and dishwasher drain line. If you bought a new garbage disposal make sure to pop out the knockout plug before attaching the drain line. Turn on your water and test for any leaks.
- Re-connect the garbage disposalPlug in or turn on your electricity and test for operation. Check for leaks.
- Seal the outside of the sinkApply a bead of sealant to the outside perimeter of the sink. Use a wet towel to get a nice clean finish.
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