Toni Sweet. Sinks. September 28th , 2017.
This is the case for kitchen remodeling projects, that though do not require much effort to execute, many homeowners make the mistake by not spending enough time shopping around for one of the most important items; the kitchen sink. And when selecting a stainless steel kitchen sink things get even more complicated. That is why we have compiled this list of stainless sinks brands to watch for this summer season to help you spend less time fixing your kitchen and more time enjoying it.
You’ll need to remove the old sink from the countertop. Sinks are sealed in with silicone caulk, and there may be mounting clips underneath. The clips will probably be easily removed with a screwdriver. You may be able to peel the sink away from the caulk with gentle pressure, but a plastic scraper can speed that process along. If you’re using the same countertop, be extra careful not to damage it as you remove the sink.
Before you begin removing the old sink you should ensure that you have the correct measurements for the new sink. Keep in mind that not all sinks have the same measurements. Attaining the correct assessments will assist in finding a sink that will match the shape and size of the one that was removed. If you choose a sink that is bigger or smaller than your original one, you may need to replace the counter-top as well. A larger sink is better as it will require you to create additional space for the sink instead of replacing the entire counter-top.
The number and size of the basins in your sink are probably the first consideration you’ll have. Dual-basin sinks are the most common, featuring two sides with the faucet in between. Farmhouse sinks, with one large basin, are also a popular choice, especially for country-style homes. Models are also available with basins of different sizes, such as a small one for washing vegetables.
If your counter is attached, you have gravity working against you. You will need to epoxy the sink and clamp it in place so the epoxy can dry. The most important part of this process is to let the epoxy dry at least as long as the manufacturer recommends. You can’t go wrong by letting the epoxy dry for a longer period of time, but you WILL get in trouble if you do not let the epoxy set for the at least the proper amount of time. The result can be a sink that feels secure, but fails under the load of water and dishes. That is not a pretty sight, so be sure to let the epoxy dry.
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