10 Pitfalls of Sink Replacement

Common problems that could turn your project into a nightmare—and how to avoid them

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

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

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Make sure the new sink will cover the old hole

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Swollen countertops spell trouble

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Seal with caulk, not putty

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Remove ALL the old caulk

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Get the gunk out

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Make sure you have enough holes

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Trash all the old parts

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Test the shutoff valves first

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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.

  • 4-in-1 screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Bucket
  • Cordless drill
  • Caulk gun
  • 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