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  The combination of the kitchen sink and faucet serves as a key focal point in the Kitchen, one that is directly linked to the perception of how sanitary space is. A spotless sink blemish-free faucet can add many times their real costs to the perceived value of the toom.

Faucets & Sinks


A thorough cleaning is the first step in updating your sink and faucet. Start by removing any rust and stains.

Once cleanyou can polish a stainless steel sink with a commercial polish to bring back the shine. Youll also want to make sure the faucet is in tip-top shape by repairing any drips or leaksMost faucet repairs are easy if you have the right parts and you pay close attention to how the faucet is assembled while youre taking it apart.

Take this opportunity to clean and repair the sprayer attachment as well. But if the faucet is cracked, pitted, or can’t be repaired, youre better off replacing it. The same goes for your sink if it is noticeably chipped, discolored, or simply too beat up to be brought back to life with a thorough cleaning.

When buying a faucet, choose a decent-quality model that complements the sink and fits the style of the kitchen.
The cheapest faucets can be had for less than $50, but these scream “rental property” and ruin this easy opportunity to add a touch of quality.

You’ll find much more stylish units, and a much wider selection, in the $70 to $90 range. Faucets with a single, lever-type handle are best for the kitchen because they allow you to turn on the water with your elbow or arm when your hands are covered with cookie dough.

Keep in mind that the faucet you select must match the holes in the sink you’re using. Most have fout holes: three for the faucet and one for the sprayer (or you can use it for the dishwasher air gap or a soap dispenser).
A budget-minded sink replacement means you’ll be shopping for a stainless steel or acrylic sink. Stainless steel is the standard and most popular choice among homeowners,
primarily because they look complements a wide range of kitchen styles and the sink itself won’t chip, stain, or fade.
The price and quality of stainless steel sinks are linked to the thickness of the metal, the finish, and the overall look. Budget sinks (around $50) are made with 20-gauge or thinner steel and may or may not have sound-deadening material on the hidden outer sides of the basins.

It’s well worth upgrading to a thicker, 19-9auge or 18-gauge sink with some sound-deadening features. These are more dent-resistant and don’t sound quite as hollow and flimsy when you set dishes into the basins.
Acrylic sinks are the other option for homeowners looking to save money and create a fresh focal point in the kitchen.
You’ll find handsome models for between $85 and $100, in a variety of colors. Acrylic sinks are easy to handle because they are so lightweight. However, you have to be more careful with
them; they are easily scratched and can even melt if a hot pan is set in the basin Few improvements will have a bigger, faster payback than replacing a kitchen sink or
faucet showing signs of age and wear.

Buying a repair kit for the specific model of
the faucet you own is usually a better solution
then trying to purchase replacement


A kitchen faucet with a single·lever handle
is easy to install and is a perennially
popular and timeless look.
parts individually

Replacing a Kitchen Sink & Faucet

To remove the old sink, turn off the water supplies at the shutoff valves, then disconnect the flexible risers (supply tubes) from the faucet tubes. Unscrew the sprayer hose from the
faucet and remove the sprayer mount, if necessary.
Unplug the garbage disposer (if there is one), then disassemble the drain pieces by loosening the slip nuts on the pipes. The P-trap (the curved piece of pipe at the bottom of the drain assembly) is full of smelly water, so have a bucket handy.

Stuff a rag or plastic bag into the drainpipe extending from the wall to stop sewer gases from rising into the room.
Remove the disposer motor by twisting the mounting ring.
Lightweight, self-rimming sinks (such as most stainless steel models) are secured to the countertop with mounting clips; loosen the clip bolts to remove the clips or twist them to
the side. Enameled cast iron sinks are typically held in place by their weight.

Cut any caulking along the sink rim, then pull the sink up and out of the countertop.
Remove the strainer basket and garbage disposer’s mounting assembly from the old sink (you might want to buy a new strainer basket, for looks).

Test fit the new sink into the countertop hole, and make any necessary adjustments.

1.the Lay recessed a bead of edge plumber’s of each putty basin along hole and under the faucet (if it was not sold with a plastic or rubber gasket). Mount the faucet, sink strainer, and disposer assembly before installing the sink.

2. After it into lining a bead upon the silicone new sink, caulk set laid on the countertop under the sink edge. Secure the sink with the new mounting brackets, following the manufacturer’s directions.

3.Hook lines. up Its usual water worth supply spending and drain a few dollars to install new

supply risers from the stop valves to the faucet, and a new drain kit. Open the water valves
and run the water and disposer to check for leaks.

 

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