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Written by PAT LOGAN, Creators Syndicate   
Thursday, 09 December 2010 01:34

Dear Pat: I love the look of stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. So far, I have a stainless dishwasher, refrigerator and oven; now my old sink is sticking out like a sore thumb. Is installing a stainless steel sink a do-it-yourself project I can handle since my budget is limited? – Tara S.

Dear Tara: Stainless appliances give a kitchen a modern and stylish feel. Since you already have most of your kitchen looking new, you might as well do the sink next. Remember, maintaining the stainless steel shine is a must for keeping that new-kitchen look.

Stainless is a great, durable, easy-to-handle choice for a sink. Sinks come in a range of styles, from one large sink to three smaller-sized sinks with a disposal area. Depending on your family size and needs, there seems to be an option for almost everyone.

If your budget will allow for it, choose a thick sink. The metal thickness ranges from .028 inches to .050 inches. Although less expensive, a thinner unit is more likely to become dented and can even sound cheaper when something is dropped in it.

If you must go with a less-expensive model, try spraying foam insulation under the sink after it is installed to help improve the rigidity. This may also provide some additional condensation control. If you are measuring in gauges, remember: The lower the number, the thicker the metal and the higher the quality.

After you have removed your old sink, measure the opening in the countertop. Take your measurements from underneath the counter and be extremely accurate. The overall dimensions of the new sink should be at least 1/2 inch larger than the opening. This way, you will have some overlap.

If you can't find a matching size to fit the old opening, buy the next-largest sink and cut with a jigsaw. Don't worry if your cutting skills are not up to par. The countertop edge will be hidden under the new sink's flange.

After you have decided on a sink and are sure it will fit, apply a layer of plumber's putty around the sink's edge. Align the sink in the hole and press it firmly down so it sits on the putty and forms a watertight seal.

Install the tightening clips underneath the sink to secure it to the countertop. Be sure you bend the clips away from the outer edge of the sink. Using a damp cloth, wipe away any excess putty.

Now you are ready for a faucet and fixtures. Some sinks come ready for the faucet, while others still need some work done. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for your particular model.

To maintain the beauty and shine of your new sink, avoid getting any chlorine-based chemicals such as bleach on it for extended periods. Rinsing your sink after each use will help remove any residue. Stainless steel can retain its luster when it is cleaned with household cleanser and a soft towel. Avoid leaving a wet steel wool cleaning pad in the sink. Follow these tips, and your sink is sure to be shining for years to come.


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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 December 2010 07:02