How to Install a Drop-In Kitchen Sink Part 2
In Part 1 of this series, you cut a hole for your drop in kitchen sink and caulked it into place. Follow the steps below to complete installation.
Step 6 – Clean
Once you have set the sink into the hole with the caulk, you will need to get a damp rag and clean the excess caulk that is around the edge. Make sure that you get all of the excess material before it dries as it is much more difficult to remove once dry.
Step 7 – Secure Sink
You will need to make sure that the sink has been securely put into place. You will do this by clamping the sink to the counter with C clamps. You will hold these clamps in place until the caulk has had plenty of time to dry. Read the instructions on the caulk so that you will know how long you will have to wait until it is dry. Each type of caulk is different and will vary on dry times.
Step 8 – Attach Sink Strainer
Your sink strainer should come with an adhesive gasket that you will need to attach. If there is no gasket, then you will need to apply plumber’s putty to the drain opening. Once you have done this, you can set the new strainer into the opening. Once it is in place, you will need to attach the lock nut, gasket and the friction ring that are under the sink.
From there, tighten the locknut and attach the tailpiece. Be sure to remove any of the extra putty that may be around the opening. The tailpiece and the drain will have similar steps for installation.
Step 9 – Drain Pipe Attachment
Whenever you are attaching your drain pipe, you will need to first attach the pipe to the sink strainer. There will be a small pipe that hangs down from underneath the strainer; this pipe is where you will attach the drain pipe. Apply plumber’s putty on the drain pipe and the pipe hanging from the sink strainer to ensure that they stick.
Step 10 – Faucet Installation
In order to install the faucet, you will need to insert a rubber gasket between the sink top and the base plate for a seal that is watertight. If there is no seal, then use your plumber’s putty for the job. Thread the mounting nuts that are given after inserting the faucet in the sink top. Thoroughly tighten the nuts.
The hot and cold supply lines will need to be hooked up through the valves under your sink. You may need to bend the copper tubing that comes out of the faucet to allow for easier access. Wrap pipe seal tape to the threaded nipples that are on the valves before you connect your tubes. You will need to use your adjustable wrench in order to properly tighten the nuts in order to finish the job.