6 Copper Kitchen Sink Installation Tips

A copper kitchen sink.

A copper kitchen sink can look lovely. As it ages copper takes on a patina that can be quite beautiful. A copper kitchen skin isn’t cheap, and it needs to be handled with care. Installing a copper kitchen sink isn’t very different from putting in any other kind of sink. Just remember to take care of the sink as it can scratch very easily.

1. Measuring

Measuring correctly is vital for your kitchen copper sink. Start by measuring the opening for the sink in the kitchen countertop. Measure several times to ensure you’re right.

2. Shopping

A copper kitchen sink isn’t an item most hardware stores will stock, so expect it to be special ordered. You should buy a drop-in sink. This will make the installation a great deal easier. It’s intended to fit precisely into the hole that’s available on the countertop, so there’s no more cutting involved.

3. Template

The copper kitchen sink will come with a template. You should tape this to the underside of the kitchen counter, aligned so the sink opening matches up with the hole. It will let you see where to position the screws that will go with the clips to hold the sink in place.

4. Putting In Place

Lower the sink very gently into the opening on the countertop. Copper is a very soft metal and can dent very easily, so you need to take great care. Mark where the sink will sit and then remove it. Put a thin bead of silicone caulk on the countertop. Lower the copper kitchen sink back into place and press down lightly onto the caulk to give a watertight seal.

5. Hangers

To ensure the copper kitchen sink won’t move you need to attach it with screws and hangers. The hanger connects the sink to the underside of the countertop. These will screw in at the locations you’ve marked from the template. Usually you won’t need to drill a guide hole first.

After screwing in the hangers use a level on the top of the sink to make sure it’s level. If not, tighten or loosen the screws until the sink shows as level. Finish with a tiny bead of silicone caulk around the edge of the copper kitchen sink where it meets the countertop.

6. Fixtures

The first thing to put in place is the drain. If your copper kitchen sink doesn’t come with a drain to go into the drainpipe, you’ll need to buy an appropriate one, along with a sink strainer that will keep debris out of the pipes and stop clogs. Fit it in place with a thin layer of plumber’s putty, and then press down to fix it firmly. Go under the sink and apply the nut that will keep it secure.

Attach the pipe to the drain and tighten the fixtures. The faucets you choose won’t attach directly to the sink. Run water to make sure there are no leaks at the drain. If there are none, your installation is complete.