Most drop-in, self- rimming kitchen sinks arc easily installed. Drop-in sinks for do-it-yourself installation arc made From cast iron coated with enamel , stainless steel, enameled steel, acrylic, fiberglass or resin composites. Because cast-iron sinks arc heavy, their weight holds them in place and they require no mounting hardware. Except for the heavy lifting, they are easy to install. Slainless steel and enameled-steel sinks weigh less than cast-iron and most require mounting brackets on the underside of the countertop. Some acrylic and resin sinks rely on silicone caulk to hold them in place.
If you arc replacing a sink but not the countertop, make sure the new sink is the same size or larger. All old silicone caulk residue must be removed with acetone or denatured alcohol , or the new caulk will not stick
Tools & Materials
Plumber’s putty or silicone caulk
Pen or pencil
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Step1: Invert the sink and trace around the edges as a reference for making the sink cutout cutting lines, which should be parallel to the outlines, but about 1″ inside of them to create a 1″ ledge. If your Sink comes with a template for the cutout, use it.
Step2: Drill a starter hole and cut out the sink opening With a jigsaw. Cut right up to the line. Because the Sink flange fits over the edges of the cutout, the opening doesn’t need to be perfect, but as always you should try to do a nice, neat job.
Step3: Attach as much of the plumbing as makes sense to Install prior to setting the sink Into the opening. Having access to the underside of the flange is a great help when it comes to attaching the faucet body, sprayer and strainer, in particular.
Step5: Place the sink in the opening. Try and get the sink centered right away so you don’t need to move it around and disturb the caulk, which can break the seal. If you are installing a heavy cast-iron sink, it’s best to leave the strainers off so you can hold the sink at the drain openings.
Step6: For sinks with mounting clips, tighten the clips from below using a screwdriver or wrench (depending on the type of clip your sink has). There should be at least three clips on every side. Don’t overtighten the clips-this can cause the sink flange to flatten or become warped.