Before fitting your new kitchen sink into your countertop, you’ll need to plumb it in. This includes laying out the pipework layout, connecting the drain assembly, and installing a basket strainer. Depending on the plumbing kit you purchase, these tools may be included with the sink. Just be sure to measure the length of each pipe carefully, as tightening it too much can cause leaks. And finally, be sure to check the length of the drain line nut, as too tight and it can cause a leak.
Common mistakes with a kitchen sink installation
Incorrectly installing a kitchen sink can be frustrating. Not only does it not match the pipe system in your kitchen, but it may also require removing cabinets to allow for the new sink. When completing the installation, be careful to clean the new sink and test fit it properly before completing the project. You can also install a faucet. Make sure to clean the new sink before you install it, so you don’t damage it.
Planning out the layout of your new pipework
To design your new pipework, you must plan out the exact layout of your existing plumbing. It should be based on an architectural drawing, photocopied and accurate to scale. Use a gridded straightedge for drawing parallel lines. A 30-60-90 degree triangle helps you determine the size of the waste pipes and ensures that the new pipework is at a comfortable height.
Connecting the drain assembly
When you need to connect the drain assembly in a kitchen sink, you can use the drain assembly kit. These kits contain all the parts needed to connect the drain assembly. The drain assembly is a vital part of the sink, and a broken one can lead to a damaged sink. Using a strainer assembly kit will save you time and money. This kit includes everything you need to connect the sink’s drain assembly.
Installing a basket strainer
When replacing a basket strainer in your kitchen sink, you’ll want to remove the drain trap and pipes attached to it. You can do this by using channel-type pliers to loosen slip nuts on the sink’s drain fittings. Afterward, remove the basket strainer from the sink’s underside. Using minimal force, remove the basket strainer from the sink, then clean the hole to prevent future damage. Apply a layer of plumber’s putty to the holes that are left behind. You’ll want to make sure the putty is even and flat, as well as evenly distributed down the strainer’s stretch.
Estimating the cost of a new kitchen sink
The cost of installing a new kitchen sink varies widely depending on the type, material, and size of the new unit. There are several factors to consider when estimating the cost of a new sink, from the size of the new unit to the location where it will be installed. In some cases, the installation of the new sink can also increase the overall cost. Before starting to estimate the cost of a new sink, consider how much counter space it will take up.