Replace a grungy laundry sink with a new one and upgrade with a soap dispenser and faucet with a pull-out spout. It's usually a simple half-day project.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:March 2008
Disconnect the plumbing and remove
the screws that hold the sink to the
Replacing a grungy old laundry sink
is a simple Saturday morning
project that will dramatically
improve the looks of your laundry room.
And you can make your sink more functional
too by upgrading from a typical
laundry faucet to a kitchen sink faucet
with a convenient sprayer and soap
You’ll find a selection of laundry sinks
and kitchen faucets at home centers.
Inspect your sink plumbing before you
shop and make a list of the parts you’ll
need. If your old trap assembly is chrome
plated, consider replacing it with plastic.
Plastic traps are easier to install and maintain.
Also, buy flexible braided stainless
steel supply tubes. They simplify the task
of connecting the faucet to the water supply.
We spent $175 for the sink, faucet, and
new supply tubes and drain parts.
Don't put up with a dirty, discolored old laundry sink. You can install a new one for less than $200.
Start by closing the water valves that
lead to the faucet and disconnecting the
supply tubes. Put a small pail under the
trap to catch the water, then remove the
trap by unscrewing the large slip nuts
(Photo 1). Finally, remove screws that
may secure the laundry sink to the wall
and then remove the sink.
Drill holes in the sink for the new
faucet and soap dispenser.
Mount the faucet and soap dispenser to the laundry sink according
to the instructions with the faucet. Connect the braided supply
tubes to the faucet.
Connect the supply lines to the shutoff valves. Cut and install the
new drain parts.
Your new laundry sink may have
punch-outs for a laundry faucet, but if
you’ll be installing a kitchen faucet, don’t
use them. Drill holes instead. Check your
new faucet to determine the hole locations
and mark them on the sink. Drill the holes
with a 1-1/2-in. hole saw (Photo 2). To
enlarge an existing hole, clamp a scrap of
wood to the bottom of the sink deck,
under the existing hole. Then mark the
center of the new hole on the wood and
drill the hole with a hole saw as you normally
would. The wood scrap will keep
the hole saw centered.
Mount the faucet and soap dispenser
on the sink according to the manufacturer’s
instructions (Photo 3). Then move
the laundry sink into position (Photo 4).
Hand-tighten the braided stainless supply
tube nuts onto the valves and then tighten
one more revolution to create a good seal.
If you’re using new plastic drain parts, use
a hacksaw to cut the trap arm and tailpiece
to fit. Secure the sink to the wall
with adhesive caulk or screws.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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