Kitchen sink installation can be a surprisingly doable DIY job … if you know what you're doing. Choosing the right type of project and careful preparation are your keys to success. Find out more.
Not all types of kitchen sink installation are equal
Top mount or "drop-in" sinks, which are typically installed in laminate countertops, are generally the easiest type to work with. Undermount and apron front sinks, usually installed in granite or other solid surface materials, tend to be more difficult. Cutting and polishing of the sink cutout in a granite or quartz countertop is best left to professional countertop fabricators.
New kitchen sink installation vs replacement
New kitchen sink installation is likely to be easier than replacement. Replacing a sink sometimes brings unwelcome surprises, including:
- Cutout problems. You might find that the cutout from the previous install is off center, the lines are not straight, or the cut is jagged or notched along the edge. That means the new sink may expose gaps.
- Space restrictions. With a larger sink, you could encounter restrictions in the cabinet base that limit your ability to cut wider or provide less room to secure mounting hardware. Also, your ability to cut into the countertop may be impeded by the backsplash.
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