Building an Outdoor Kitchen: Sinks Building an Outdoor Kitchen: Sinks

The sink is an important feature of any outdoor kitchen. The sink is a place to wash dishes, fill up containers with water, prepare food and dispose any soft remains of food and drinks. The sink should be kept clean at all times and it should be installed appropriately to fit in with the built-in cupboard tops. How you fix the sink to the walls will affect its stability and ability to hold weights. How you connect the waste pipes to the sink bowl will affect the drainage capabilities of the sink.

Step 1 – Locate the Right Position

Take your manufacturer’s template and use it to mark the right opening for positioning your sink. Get the template and place it on the center of the cabinet. Make sure that the template is at a minimum of 1.5 inches from the edge of the countertop. Measure the depth of your counter top using a tape measure. For a counter top that is 25 inches deeper, you must move it back a little bit at a distance not exceeding 4 to 5 inches. Stick the template to the sink cabinet using adhesive tape. Take an erasable magic marker and draw around the template to make outlines.

Step 2 – Remove the Template and Cut Out

Peel away the adhesive tape holding the template, slowly and carefully. Drill a circular hole that is approximately 0.375 inches wide in diameter at the corners of the outline. Take a small saw that can fit inside the hole and begin sawing along the length of the hole. You must take precaution so that the cutout piece does not break and fall in when you are cutting the lines in the hole. Lift out the cutout piece when you are done.

Step 3 – Set up the Faucet and Seal

Mount the faucet on the sink following the manufacturer’s instructions. Depending on the type of faucet you buy, assembly may be required before installation. Thread through the body of the faucet if you are installing a pullout faucet that comes with a sprayer. Seal the connection between the base plate of the faucet and the top of the sink using a rubber gasket. In place of a rubber gasket, you can use a strong adhesive putty to seal the space between the connections.

Step 4 – Place the Sink in Position

Lift your sink carefully and turn it around so that the opening is adjacent to the position where you want to fit it. Make sure that the watertight seal is not disturbed as you fit the sink. Ask a friend to help you lift the sink if it is heavy. Place wood bearers close to the opening to prevent the sink from crushing your fingers.

Step 5 – Space the Clips Appropriately

Tighten the sink to the counter top using mounting clips. Hook the clips underneath the lips on the bottom of the sink. Use a screwdriver to tighten the clips. Check the manufacturer’s specifications for positioning the clips. The center to center spacing of the clips is very important. Use a clean cloth to remove the excess putty that squeezes out when you tighten the mounting clips.

Step 6 – Fix the Trap and Test The Sink

Connect a P-trap to the base of the sink. Seal the joints with rubber gaskets. Connect the cold water supply pipe to the faucet. If you have a water heating system, you will need to connect the faucet to hot water pipes. Connect the strainer to waste water pipe. Open the shut-off valves and take out the faucet aerator. Flush the installation by opening the water. Put the aerator back in position after flashing the installation.


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