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10 Pitfalls of Sink Replacement

Replacing a kitchen sink and faucet is a quick way to give your kitchen a new look, but there are potential plumbing and installation problems to watch out for. This article explains how to avoid the ten most common.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

10 Pitfalls of Sink Replacement

Replacing a kitchen sink and faucet is a quick way to give your kitchen a new look, but there are potential plumbing and installation problems to watch out for. This article explains how to avoid the ten most common.

Got your eye on a deeper sink? Measure the tailpiece first!

Make sure the new sink will cover the old hole

Swollen countertops spell trouble

Seal with caulk, not putty

Remove ALL the old caulk

Get the gunk out

Make sure you have enough holes

Trash all the old parts

Test the shutoff valves first

Rusty old pipe? Cheat!

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Cordless drill
    • Caulk gun
    • 4-in-1 screwdriver
    • Adjustable wrench
    • Bucket
    • Flashlight
    • Hacksaw
    • Jigsaw
    • Pipe wrench
    • Plumbers tape
    • Putty knife
    • Rags
    • Safety glasses
    • Slip joint pliers
    • Soldering torch
    • Utility knife

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Drain assembly
    • Shutoffs
    • Silicone caulk
    • Caulk remover
    • Pipe joint compound
    • Transition coupling

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