How to Install a Basin Sink
A basin sink is an integral component of all kitchen, toilet and bathroom suites as they provide a place to wash and to maintain hygiene. Installing a basin sink is not something that's easy to accomplish, and unless you know how to go about it, you may be wise to ask a professional plumber to complete the job. If you're determined to install the basin sink yourself, follow these steps and you will soon have it up and running.
Step 1: Position Your Basin Sink
Once you have chosen a sink which is in keeping with the rest of the bathroom or kitchen, decide on a location for it. Once this has been determined, place the basin sink upside down and draw out its template with a pen that is visible enough to be seen but will not mark the surface. Be sure to leave 2 to 3 inches between the sink and the edge of the counter. Basin sinks placed too near the edge of kitchen and bathroom counters not only look peculiar, but are not as stable as those installed several inches away from the edge.
Step 2: Saw out the Basin Shape
Once you have a marked a drawing of the sink, you now need to cut the shape out. Always ensure you put a pair of safety goggles on before you start to saw, as fragments of debris may be propelled through the air. Drill a hole in each corner of the template, ensuring that each hole is big enough to accommodate a saber saw blade. Carefully saw out following the lines. You may want to call upon the help of a friend to help support the heavy counter while you cut it out.
Step 3: Sit the Basin Sink in Place
Gently squeeze a line of caulk along the rim of the basin sink. Be generous with the amount of caulk you use, to ensure the whole of the rim is covered. Place the basin sink over the hole in the counter and press it firmly down. Excess caulk will inevitably seep out; remove it with a dry, clean cloth.
Step 4: Ask the Advice of a Professional Plumber
If you're not a qualified plumber, instead of attempting to plumb in the sink yourself, now may be a good time to either ask a professional plumber to do it for you, or at least seek their advice. If you're confident to proceed with the plumbing yourself, you will need to follow the instructions provided with the kit to connect the sink to the plumbing.
Step 5: Refer to the Connector Kit Instructions
Ensure that you buy a connector kit which corresponds with the make and size of your particular basin sink. Follow the instructions provided with the kit to plumb in your new basin sink. Use plumbers putty to attach the faucet through the hole in the basin and an adjustable wrench to stiffen the hardware that keeps the faucet in position.