Sink Installation Project
There are few more impactful ways to change the feel of your kitchen of bathroom than the installation of a new sink. It can totally change the look and, if you choose the right model, make your life a whole lot easier in terms of using the sink for its designed purpose. Oftentimes, after spending years with a less-than-stellar sink, you’ll know exactly what you’d like to replace it with – at least in terms of what it can and can’t do. You may want a water wand, a garbage disposal, or a larger basin for the kitchen. It might be a new faucet system for a much larger bathroom basin, or any of a million other features and functions. You have good reasons and we have the best products and service. That’s a perfect match. So, let’s look at our 9-Step Process for Sink Installations.
Overview & Layout
First, we draw a rough diagram of what’s on-hand and what’s needed and take a measurement of the inside of the waste line and tailpiece to be sure we’ve got the correct dimensions. Once we have all our materials, we mark the counter’s back edge in order to seat the sink in a centered position. If the new sink has a template, we align it with the mark made on the counter’s edge – ensuring the back edge is 1.5 inches from and parallel to the counter.
Now, we trace around the template and mark the centerline of the sink on its back lip then we turn the sink upside down to align the marks on both the sink and the counter leaving a space of 1.5 inches between the backsplash and the edge. We trace around the sink once again and remove it from the countertop. Last, we measure the width of the sink lip and subtract 1/8th of an inch from that total, then mark inside the sink outline on the counter by that much. All we do before moving on is connect the marks we’ve made on your outline with a straightedge.
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Marking & Cutting
Once the marks are connected, we have a rectangular outline marked and we round the corners off to approximate the sink’s outline. (In case you were wondering, no, we don’t mark up your countertop. We actually use a tape much like duct tape that doesn’t leave a sticky residue when removed. Our marks go atop that tape.) With our lines in place, we drill a hole with a special bit at each of the four corners to give our saw room to operate.
Now, we’re going to start using power tools in the house, so we drape any furniture that can’t be removed from the immediate area to protect it from dust. With a jigsaw, we cut from the front hole to the back on both sides and then along the front and back edges until the cutout is complete. We set the sink in the hole to test for any issues with fit and trim until it seats perfectly.
Faucet & Wand Installation
So, all of the power tool use, the dust and mess creation, is completed. It’s time to start plumbing. As we said before, this is the difficult part of a job like this and it’s why we always tell our customers to call a professional. DIY is great, but when you’re dealing with something you use all the time and has the potential to destroy your home, you should call the pros first. We’ll flip over the sink, feed everything through its proper hole, ensure everything is bunched correctly for mounting, and mount the pieces to the sink. It’s important to test the swing arm of the faucet for easy movement. It’s much tougher to fix once everything is mounted and tightened up. Again, it’s the little things the pros at Vanguard bring to this kind of project.
While we have the sink upside down, we go ahead and complete the attachment of the strainer assembly. This is very important and requires real plumbing skill to get right the first time. If you’re not familiar with plumber’s putty and joint compound then you should definitely work with Vanguard instead of trying it yourself. This is where leaks are born, so trust us when we say the joining and setting correctly are vital to sink success and lifespan – especially if used regularly. Again, call Vanguard.
Setting Sink & Making Connections
Okay, this is where the rubber (or silicone) meets the road (or countertop). It takes years of experience and countless installs to feel 100% confident with the next steps – caulking the joining of sink and counter, ensuring everything is flush, that all is parallel and level. It’s as much art as science. Getting it right is what we do at Vanguard and that goes for all the remaining connections as well.
From the planning before we started, we know exactly how many pieces are needed for the drain assembly, we know how long our PVC sections need to be, and we know where the tight points will be. If planned properly, this goes quickly and with little complaint. It’s just a numbers game and we’ve been using these numbers for years. We understand them. DIYers may not, however, and that can lead to big problems down the road. We can fine-tune the fittings and ensure stable connections for years to come in about an hour in most cases – once everything’s set correctly that is. So, it’s easy to see that the best choice is Vanguard.
Vanguard’s Finishing Touches
The last thing we do during a sink installation is ensuring all of your accessories are hooked up and working properly. This includes your wand, your disposal, your dishwasher, water filtration system, etc. We want you to feel good about your choice and to enjoy all of the new functionality right away, so we’ll make sure your space is cleaned up and ready to use before we go. That’s how we do things at Vanguard Plumbing & Sewer and our 5-Star reviews back it up. We have 289 of them!