The process of installing a farmhouse sink is not understood by many people, but it’s really quite easy if you know the style and function of this sink type.
Unlike conventional drop-in sinks, farmhouse sinks sit differently inside countertops and cabinets.
This makes a farmhouse sink the easiest to install when you’re getting new countertops and cabinets at the same time.
If you have chosen to install a farmhouse sink, you’ll be able to do so easily by following these few steps.
Get the Right Size
Farmhouse sinks are primarily available in two sizes, which are 33-inch and 30-inch.
These sinks are traditionally single-basin, but there are also dual-basin split sinks which are easy to find.
As you’re getting ready to choose your new sink, remember that farmhouse sinks sit inside countertops or cabinets, so the sink’s top edge won’t be seen.
Take Out Old Sink
You’ll have to remove the old sink before the new one can be installed.
Shut your water supply so you don’t get any sudden sprays, and then loosen all the pipe connections and garbage disposal connections from the old sink.
Loosen the sink from the base of the cabinet and the countertop, and use a knife to break any caulking seal.
It is important to know your countertop material so as to guard against any damage while cutting it to install your farmhouse sink.
Just like we mentioned before, making a switch from drop-in type to farmhouse sink type is best when also simultaneously installing new countertops since the sink itself will go underneath it.
And if you choose not to install new countertops, you need to ensure that the existing one is not damaged from the old sink, has sufficient overhang to cover you new sink’s top edge, has no drill holes, and has sufficient depth to provide space behind for faucet installation.
Knowing this, we suggest you include the installation of your farmhouse sink in your overall kitchen remodel that will include new countertops.
You have the top-quality options such as granite, which matches nicely with farmhouse sinks, or cheaper options such as butcher block which appeal to farmhouse sinks rustic feel.
If you are yet to install your new countertops, you need to ensure their measurements are correct as per the abovementioned requirements.
One of the most typical characteristics of a farmhouse sink is the bare front basin. Ensure you cut out as much panel as necessary during your farmhouse sink installation so it fits properly.
Take Out Front Panel from Base Cabinet
The bare front of a farmhouse sink basin forms one of its most typical features.
In conventional sinks, the whole sink is dropped in, while the front is concealed by a faux-drawer panel on top of the under-sink cabinets.
During your farmhouse sink installation, you’ll have to cut out as much of that panel to fit your new sink.
The cutout in front of your cabinet should be so deep that your sink will sit below your countertop.
You can turn your sink over on the existing space and use a pencil to trace in order to make the needed cuts, or you can use a large piece of cardboard to create a pattern.
On the other hand, you can purchase a specialty apron farmhouse front cabinet sink base. This is a great option if you choose to replace all of your cabinets.
Erect Support System
Since the counter itself does not provide real support to the farmhouse sink, you’ll need to erect a support system within and underneath the sink to make sure it holds its weight.
This support system is very crucial because farmhouse sinks are normally heavier than conventional sinks, particularly if you choose porcelain.
Fasten wooden boards into the side of the cabinet walls, using wood glue to secure it in addition.
In order to create a stronger support, align your support beams in an upside down U-shape (two vertical beams supporting a horizontal beam, all glued and fastened into the cabinet wall with screws).
Avoid getting an unlevel sink by using a level to confirm it is aligned perfectly.
Reconfigure and Install Drainage
If the sink you’re installing has the same number of basins as the previous one, then no reconfiguration will be necessary.
On the other hand, if you’re making a switch from a dual-basin sink to a single-basin farmhouse sink, your drains and garbage disposal will need to be reconfigured by hooking them up together so there’s only a single drain connection to your new sink.
This part of your installation will likely require a professional plumber, so call one if you aren’t sure.
Position your sink carefully in the cabinet base on the support beams.
Let it rest there, making sure it’s level and also appears to hold its weight properly.
Most professionals advise that the sink’s front should extend farther out from the cabinets about half an inch.
If it all seems alright, you can position the sink and seal them against water by caulking its edges. Wipe off any excess caulk immediately.
What’s left to enjoy your new farmhouse sink is to add the garbage disposal and faucet installation.
Install Garbage Disposal and Faucet
After sealing in the sink, connect your drainage pipes and garbage disposal. Seal them as normal, and turn your water supply back on. Run the water and check for any leaks.
You can also seal your drains and pipes if need be.
After installing your counters over the sink, with holes pre-drilled for the faucet, your faucets can be installed.
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