How to Set a Kitchen Sink

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Setting a kitchen sink is a fairly simple, straightforward project that can be completed in as little as one day of continuous work. It can save you hundreds or thousands of dollars in labor and installation costs. While it may seem like a difficult process, it is actually quite simple with proper instruction, tools and supplies.

Things You'll Need

  • Putty knife
  • Jig saw
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Drill
  • Tubing cutter
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Sealant
  • Hacksaw
  • Pencil
  • Safety goggles
  • Faucet
  • Masking tape
  • Sink
  • Lay the sink upside down on the spot you intend to set it. Set the sink parallel with the countertop and back far enough to clear any overhanging cabinets. Use a pencil to accurately trace the outline of the sink. Next, remove the sink and draw another line 3/8 inch inside of the first line.

  • Drill a 1/4 inch hole approximately 1 inch inside of the cut line (the inside line you drew). Enlarge the hole with a 1/2 inch drill bit to allow the jigsaw blade to fit. Add masking tape to the heel of the jigsaw to prevent any damage to the countertop during cutting. Place the jigsaw into the drilled hole and slowly cut the sink hole according to the drawn lines. Make sure the jigsaw does not move outside of the line at any point.

  • Place sink into the newly formed cutout to make sure it fits properly. Remove sink and make any necessary adjustments to the hole. Assemble and install the faucet and drain according to the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Install the mounting clips to the outside of the sink hole without tightening.

  • Apply sealant to the outer, bottom part of the sinkhole. Spread sealant evenly around entire area, working fairly quickly to ensure sealant does not dry.

  • Insert sink into hole and grasp sink by the drain hole to prevent sealant from smearing onto the countertops. Move underneath the counter and fasten the sink in place by tightening mounting clips. When done correctly, the mounting clips will actually pull the sink into the countertops. Use a cloth to remove excess sealant. Connect water and drain lines to the sink.

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