How to Plumb a Sink

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Plumbing a sink is a term used to describe the process of removing unfortunate clogs. Plumb a sink with help from the president and owner of Source Development Inc. in this free video clip.

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Hi, this is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York. And this is how to plumb a sink. Let's get started by installing the faucet. Now, this particular sink is a four hole sink, so obviously they come in all different sizes, varieties. This is a typical three stem base with an additional hole for the hand spray. O.k., I'm going to install the gasket on it, and this has a little reservoir to putty in it, if you wanted to. O.k., I'm going to mount the faucet, our new faucet in the sink. I'm going to install these retaining nuts here. Now, from the back, I'm going to make sure that the faucet's centered in the holes. I'm going to hand tighten, double check from the front, then I'm going to continue to tighten the channel locks. It doesn't have to be over-tightened. For our hand spray, I'm going to take some putty, and install it around the perimeter of the base and then, mount it. Again, I'm going to keep the hole centered, I'm going to hand tighten and give it a quick tightening with the channel locks. We're going to insert our hose and in this case, our spray is a push-in style. I'm going to remove the protective bushing that protects the O-rings, and I'm going to install our spray by just pushing over. The actual hand spray just gets screwed onto the hose. So, although this is a double sink, we've already got an existing strainer, but I'm going to install the second strainer. We're going to take some plumber's putty, roll it and place it on the perimeter of the strainer. Now, I'm going to take our strainer and insert it inside the sink. i'm going to take our rubber gasket, insert the rubber gasket and our paper gasket. Now, the paper gasket acts as almost a lubricant, so that as you're applying pressure to the lock nut, the rubbers are rotating with it. So, it;s very crucial to have that paper in there. Now, I've got this, I've picked up this great strainer wrench, you can get these at any home supplies store. You can also use channel locks around the perimeter, but this wrench, you can see, is easily made for this particular application, it's not expensive either. Now, I'm holding onto this strainer, so it's not rotating at the same time that I'm tightening it, you might get some rotation. But you'll notice the putty oozing out, you also want to make sure that the strainer is centered inside the actual hole. Now, lastly, I'm going to connect our supplies onto the faucet. I want to do this again, to make it a little easier on me, before I install it on the countertop. I'm going to finger tighten this and again, these are no burst connections. So they have a rubber gasket built into them. I'm taking channel locks, just give it an extra tightening. I'm installing the sink on the countertop here, I'm going to install our sink clips. I've installed the clips, I've checked to see that the counter, that the sink is fitting flush against the countertop and I've removed the excess putty. So, we're ready to install the countertop on the cabinet. O.k., so, our sink's installed on our model here, so I'm going to basically start off by connecting the supply tubes to the supply valves. And again, this is a no burst system, so there's no you know, ferrule and nut. So, I'm going to connect the supply lines, this is our cold water side, this is our hot water side. I'm going to tighten with our channel locks. Now, this is a double sink, so I'm going to start working backwards, I'm going to install our P-trap and I've got a 16 inch offset that I bought for this particular setup. So, I dry fitted this pipe to fit our sink. It was a bit longer, but I had measured it and cut it, so that it fits. I installed our nylon gasket and retaining nut. I'm going to assemble this offset, insert it and I'm going to hand tighten it. And install the nut, another nut, and washer, I'm going to install it in the P-trap. So, I've worked my way backwards, so I could determine the length of this tail piece that I have to cut. The tail piece has to be inserted into the offset, so I'm going to mark it and cut it. So, I've cut our tail piece to length, I'm going to install the gasket for the strainer. And if you want to apply some sealant, or some silicone, plumber's silicone, you can do that. I'm going to install retaining nut and nylon washer, I'm going to attach it to the strainer, I'm going to insert the pipe and tighten it. And I'd like to maintain positive pitch into the P-trap and then, out here, insert the tail piece and hand tighten. So, once everything's been fitted, I want you to go through each and every connection and hand tighten. So, we're done installing the supplies and the drains. We're going to install, lastly we're going to install our drain, our dishwasher drain pipe. I'm going to push it on, tighten our clamp, make sure it's secure, make sure that the loop in the dishwasher is as high as it can be, and we're all set. And this was how to plumb a sink. This is Nicholas Iarocci, The Home Source Guy, president and owner of Source Development Inc., a residential and commercial construction company in Garnerville, New York. Helping you build the better life, reach out to me on Facebook at The Home Source Guy.


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