When installing a basin sink, there are a number of common mistakes which people often make. Although it's true that you learn from your mistakes it would be even better if you could avoid making them in the first place. There are lots of different methods which can be used to install a basin sink in your kitchen.
Learning from these various mistakes will make it much simpler to avoid causing any damage to your existing kitchen appliances. When fitting a basin it is important that you take your time and make sure you have all the tools ready.
1. Cutting the Work Surfaces
You need to cut your work surfaces so that the basin will fit snugly in the hole. Make sure that you do this accurately to ensure that the hole isn't too big. If the hole is too big for the sink to fit inside then this will look very ugly. There will also be a large gap which will need filling with caulking. This is not only unnecessary but it's also a waste of perfectly good caulking.
2. Removing the Protection too Early
As soon as you get the sinks it can be tempting to rip the plastic protection straight off because it's so exciting to get a brand new sink. However you really shouldn't remove the plastic protection until you have installed the sink. Once the sink is properly installed you can then remove the plastic. This way you can safely install a sink without worrying about scratching or damaging it.
3. Difficulty Cutting the Work Surface
When cutting the work surface you should first drill through it so that you can place a jigsaw in the hole to cut the remainder out. To prevent the section of work surface falling through and breaking off. To prevent this happening you can screw battens of wood under the work surface. This will catch the section before it has chance to fall through and cause damage to the cabinet.
4. Tightening Bolts
When fitting basin sinks you should always ensure that the bolts are tightened correctly so that the sink is fully secure and won't move anywhere. Depending on the type of sink you are fitting there may or may not be bolts.
The plumbing needs to be connected to the sink securely so that it doesn't leak. The plumbing is responsible for not only carrying fresh water but also carrying waste water. Plumbers tape should be used to secure all of the joints so that they don't leak.
The faucets must be fitted securely and caulking can be applied around the gaps. Caulking should be applied around all of the gaps so that water can not get into the gaps and cause a potential problem.
7. Positioning the Sink
Spend time positioning the sink so that it is in the correct place. Give some consideration about work surface and a draining area. You will often need plenty of work surface around the sink for preparation.
Prepare and ensure that you have all of the necessary tools and equipment ready so that you don't waste time when you start work.