How to easily upgrade your laundry sink

Replacing an old laundry sink is a simple project that can dramatically improve your laundry room's looks. Plus, upgrading from a typical laundry faucet to a kitchen sink faucet with a sprayer and soap dispenser can make your sink more functional. Here's how to easily upgrade your laundry sink.

How to easily upgrade your laundry sink

Before you get started

  • Inspect your sink plumbing before you shop for a new sink and make a list of the parts you'll need.
  • If your old trap assembly is chrome plated, consider replacing it with a plastic one.
  • Plastic traps are easier to install and maintain.
  • Also, buy flexible braided stainless steel supply tubes.
  • These tubes simplify the task of connecting the faucet to the water supply.

1. Remove your old sink

  • First, close the water valves that lead to the laundry faucet and disconnect the supply tubes.
  • Put a small pail under your laundry sink trap to catch the water.
  • Unscrew the large slip nuts to remove the trap.
  • Then, remove the screws that secure the laundry sink to the wall if there are any and remove the sink.

2. Prepare your new sink

  • 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 3.5 centimetre (1 1/2 inch) hole saw.
  • To enlarge an existing hole, clamp a scrap of wood to the bottom of the sink deck, under the existing hole.
  • Then mark the centre 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 centred.

3. Install your new sink

  • Mount the faucet and soap dispenser on your new sink according to the manufacturer's instructions.
  • Then move your newlaundry sink into position.
  • 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 tail piece to fit.
  • Then, to finish the job, secure the sink to the wall with adhesive caulk or screws.

Follow this how to and you'll be better able to easily upgrade your laundry sink.

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