How to Install a Drop-In Kitchen Sink Part 1

What You'll Need
Straight Edge
Utility Knife
Measuring Tape
Saber Saw
Silicone Caulk
Damp Rag
Plumbers Putty

drop in kitchen sink is a great sink to install if you do not have a lot of experience with do it yourself work. You will find that putting in a new sink can make your kitchen look new and completely different. A new sink provide a great way to give your kitchen a makeover without having to do a lot of work or spend a lot of money.

Step 1 – Trace Template

To properly trace the template to your sink, you will need to place it upside down on top of your counter top. Stick tape around the edges of the sink so that you can mark the location. If there is a cutting template, you will need to put it on the counter and get out your pencil to trace around it on your countertop. Make sure to leave a mark where a hole should be. Remember that whenever you are making the outline, you will need to take away 1 inch from the outline where cuts will be made.

Step 2 – Measure

Measure the area to ensure that the marked location on the countertop is in fact centered on the counter. You will need to double check that the space behind the sink is the same as the space in front. Make sure that the entire area surrounding the sink is perfectly centered around where the opening of the sink will be.

Step 3 – Score Location

Use a utility knife to score the pencil outline on the countertop of your sink. This will help when you are cutting it later, preventing splintering. It is a good idea to get a straightedge to help with holding the knife.

Step 4 – Cut

Once you have thoroughly scored the location, you are ready to begin cutting. Begin by cutting a hole close to the outline of your sink. Make sure that the hole that you create is in the part of your countertop that you will be removing. This hole will be the starting point when you begin cutting for the sink hole. From there, slowly move the saw along the outline of the sink. Make sure that you only allow for a moderate amount of pressure as you are cutting. Allow the saw to do the work so that there is a nice, clean cut.

Step 5 – Sand and Caulk

Once the hole has been made, you will need to get the edges sanded with sand paper. This will get rid of protruding splinters and any rough areas that you may come across from the hole. Once the area has been smoothed and sanded, you can turn the sink upside down and apply a bead of silicone caulking along the sink’s edge. Be careful not to apply too much caulk as this could be messy, but applying too little will not allow for the caulk to properly work.


Once the sink is in place, follow the steps in Part 2 of this guide to complete installation.