Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thrifty Thursday-New Sink Installation

Happy Spring!
We hope you are enjoying the changing of the season!

Our house has been on the market since October.
We haven't even had anyone come to see it.
No worries.  
We understand that the perfect buyers will find us
when the time is right.
It has given us time to complete one task that needed doin'.

Our kitchen sink needed replacing 
due to the wear and tear of everyday use.

It was scratched and stained to the point
where it wouldn't come clean.
Not too appealing to buyers.

We don't want to put much into updates,
as we most likely wouldn't get our money back when we sell.
We called to see how much it would be for a local handyman to install it.
His estimate was between $200-$250!
Uh, no thanks...we decided to tackle the job ourselves.

We looked for a while at Habitat for Humanity
for a replacement, but couldn't find anything that would fit.
We like to support that organization and recycle used items,
but for this project it just didn't work out that way.

We found a good deal on a new sink and faucet,
so we decided to go ahead and get it done.
Big K is pretty handy,
but we had never attempted something like this before.

We researched sinks and read the customer reviews
before making a final decision.
This one had good reviews 
and the fact that it's a USA-made product made it even easier to choose.

We figured we might as well stay with the white faucet,
so we found one that was reasonably priced.
The store associate said that Moen is one of the better products.
 This model has a pull-out sprayer right on the faucet.
I like that feature.

The first step in taking out the old cast iron sink
was to score the caulking around the entire perimeter.
Big K used a utility knife to do the job.

With the water shut off at the site,
the necessary pipes were removed
and the sink was lifted out.
So far, so good!

The new sink was lowered in place and reconnected down below.
There were only minor adjustments to be made.
Then Big K used clear silicone to seal around the edge of the sink.
We let it sit, unused for 24 hours, to let the sealant set.
We decided to forgo the soap dispenser,
as the old one used to leak.
So we put a cover over the extra hole and called it a day.

So glad that's done.
It sure is nice having a new sink 
and we are taking measures to keep it looking good.
It's even better having a handy man around to conquer these tasks. 

It's a small change,
but we hope the new owners will appreciate it too.

What spring projects do you have going? 


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