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How to Install a Kitchen Sink and Countertop

Host Paul Ryan shows how to install a kitchen sink and countertop.

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installing a kitchen sink and countertop
  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $250 - $500

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Wipe the Edge

Wipe down the edge of the cutout with acetone. Be sure to wear gloves for protection.

Step 2: Apply the Silicone

Using a caulk gun, apply a bead of silicone along the edge of the cutout.

Step 3: Place the Sink

Place the sink on the silicone, hold it in place and tighten the wing nuts.

place sink on silicone

Step 4: Dry Fit the Countertops

Dry fit the countertops first to make sure the seams align.

Step 5: Pull the Seams Together

Leave the seams slightly apart, and then to ensure a perfect fit before sealing the seams, a tool called a vacuum clamp is used. These are high-powered suction cups that literally pull the countertop seams together.

pull countertop seams together



  • Cabinet hardware (Amerock/model: BP979-26D/color: Brushed Chrome) from Knobby Kneeds
  • Cooktop (model: DECU1054B); wall oven (model: DES0171); microwave (model: DM0S200); microwave oven trim kit (model: DMTK275); built-in refrigerator (model: DFUD042D/color: Stainless Steel); range hood (Zepher/model: ZTA-E30/color: Stainless Steel) from LakeView Appliance
  • Washer/dryer combo (Majestic/model: MJ9900/color: White) from Majestic Appliances, Division of MSI