When updating your kitchen, you may find that your kitchen sink no longer looks appropriate. If your kitchen sink is still in good condition, don't replace it --- move it instead. This will save you the expense of a new sink and you may even be able to do the majority of the work yourself in a short amount of time. So if you are ready to move your kitchen sink, first, turn off the water and then complete the following steps.
- Skill level:
Things you need
- Phillips head screwdriver
- Flat head screwdriver
- Putty knife
Inspect the area where you plan on moving the sink. Make sure there is adequate room to place the sink into the opening. Look below the cabinet at the wall and see if you have the proper hookups. You should see a pipe that is curved, called a P-Trap. You will also see two valves with knobs on them --- your hot and cold water hookups. If you do not see either of these, you will need the assistance of a plumber to help you install these.
Unscrew the faucet and knobs from your sink and remove. The screw for the faucet is generally located on the side of it and the screw for the knobs usually is located on the top of the them.
Unhook the P-Trap and water lines by unscrewing them from underneath of the sink. If you can not unscrew them by hand, use a pair of pliers to get a better grip on them.
Place a putty knife between the sink and the frame on top of the cabinet that the sink is placed into. Move your putty knife all around the sink until you have separated the sink and the cabinet. If you are having difficulty wedging the knife between the sink and the cabinet, wiggly the putty knife back and forth slightly to break the seal.
Put caulk around the top edges of the hole where the sink is going to be moved. You only need to put a thin layer around the edges.
Gently lift the sink out of the hole in the top of the cabinet and place it into the hole where the putty is. When you are pulling the sink up, remember to do it slowly as you will have the water lines coming out of the hole as well. Remember to guide the hot and cold water lines out of their hole and into the new one also.
Use a wet washcloth to wipe around the area where the sink and the cabinet meet to remove any excess putty. It is better to remove it while it's wet because it will be harder to remove when it's dry.
Screw the sink's P-Trap onto the new P-Trap as well as screwing the hot and cold water lines, faucet and knobs back into place.
Turn the water on to make sure you are getting adequate water pressure. Also, look underneath the cabinet to ensure that the sink is draining properly.
Tips and warnings
- Kitchen sinks are generally heavy so you may need to enlist the help of a friend or relative in order to move it.
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