How to Install a Kitchen Sink
Out with the old sink and in with the new! There are a few things you’ll need to consider when installing a new kitchen sink and this guide may take a little time. The guide provides you with practical advice on how to install a kitchen sink.
Open the box of your new sink. Inside you should find a template which is used to cut the right size hole in your work top.
Using masking tape to hold the template to the work top position it so that it is approximately 1.5″ to 2″ from the front of the work top.
The template will have instructions on where to drill the pilot holes so that you can cut the remaining section out using a jigsaw.
Once your pilot holes are made, remove the template and mark a clear straight line from one hole to the other, creating a rectangle shape.
You can now cut out the shape using a jigsaw.
Take your sink and fit all the attachment, taps, drain grill, etc.
With the sink turned upside down, apply a bead of silicone that will help provide a water tight joint.
Carefully turn the sink over and insert into the opening you cut.
Press down around the edges to let the silicone seal around the sink unit.
From the underneath of the sink locate the sink clamps. Attach these and tighten. This secures the sink in place firmly.
Clean off any excess silicone that is squeezed out.
Go back under the sink and attach the U bend to the sink and then attach the other end to the waste pipe.
Once your sink is firmly in place you can then set to the task of fitting your taps.
Can Installing a Garbage Disposal in your Kitchen Sink Save Money?
When people think of home improvements that can save money, installing a garbage disposal may be the one of the last things to cross their minds.
For those who pay a fee for every bag taken to the curb, it can be a great way to save money. Saving on the cost of trash bags and trashcans can also put a little extra money in your pocket.
Garbage disposals have environmental benefits by reducing the amount of trash sent to landfills. Installing a garbage disposal is a great idea, but there are some things to consider before making the decision to shop for one.
Cost of Trash Pickup
Garbage disposals are estimated to last around 10 to 12 years. The cost for a do-it-yourself unit is around $300 for a good system, and around $600 to get it professionally installed.
Trash pick-up services charge around $35 per month for weekly service, and around $26 per month for bi-weekly service. This means that it would take 2 to 5 years to recoup the cost of the garbage disposal.
With the given life expectancy, you will definitely come out ahead in the long run. You will save around $12 a month on bi-weekly service.
Choosing a System
Although there are more expensive garbage disposals, a higher price is not necessarily a determination of quality and durability.
Disposals around the $200 to $300 range tend to be the most popular with consumers.
Think about taking warranties and service life into consideration when determining which disposal to buy.
Batch feed and continuous feed systems are the two common types of garbage disposal systems. Batch feed disposals require you to load the drain and flip the switch.
This system is considered the safer of the two, especially for those with small children. Continuous feed disposals automatically start the grinding process when items are placed in the drain.
Garbage disposals with a ¾ HP motor seem to be the most popular because they have enough power to handle stringy vegetables.
Most compact disposals come with ¼ to ½ HP motors, and large disposals have up to a 1 HP motor.
For individuals with small installation space, compact systems seem to be adequate.
Most disposals are able to handle meat or poultry bones, but stringy vegetables tend to pose a challenge for some systems.
Stringy vegetables easily clog disposals, even after the appearance of food is gone.
Disposals with larger motor power may be the solution, but you may have to sacrifice some power if you go with a compact unit.
Disposals with stainless steel parts tend to be the most durable, and multi-stage systems usually perform better.
Some great features to look for are disposals with anti-jamming and noise reduction.
Installation and Maintenance
Garbage disposals require a certain amount of installation room under the sink.
This is not a problem when replacing a garbage disposal, but installing one for the first time, it may be best when you are already in the process of renovating or plan to remodel your kitchen.
This is not to say that you cannot install a garbage disposal at any other time. If you are unsure about the amount of space needed, you should contact a plumber or review the installation guidelines before deciding to purchase.
Some disposals may come with everything you need when you buy them, and others may require additional parts.
Garbage disposals do not require much maintenance, and what is required is relatively simple. Maintenance does vary per model. Units designed for septic systems require continued use of a special solution.
Warranties also vary per unit, and can range from a limited to a lifetime warranty. In-service warranties are available with some units.
Installing a garbage disposal is a sure way to save money in the long run, as well as help preserve the environment. You can install the disposal yourself if you are handy or desire to take on the challenge.
If not, you can shop around for a repairperson that will install it for a reasonable price.