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How to fit a kitchen sink and taps

Fitting a kitchen sink and taps

Preparation

When choosing your kitchen worktop, consider the different materials available. Wood, granite, composite and laminate are the most popular. Each needs cutting and treating differently, so always check with the manufacturer.

In this guide, the worktop pictured is pre-cut laminate, but wood and some composites can be fitted in the same way. If you have to trim the worktop, mark a cutting line on the underside with a pencil, double checking the measurements, and then cut using a power saw. Use a file or sandpaper to remove any rough edges. To cut or fit stone or granite worktops, always use a professional tradesperson.

Worktops usually overhang base units. The worktop in this leaflet is 600mm deep, providing a 10mm overhang at the front. It has been cut to allow a 20mm overhang at the ends.

When deciding which taps to buy, take into consideration your sink unit. To accommodate mixer taps, your sink unit only needs one tap hole. For separate hot and cold taps, it needs to have two holes. Make sure the water supply is turned off before you remove an old sink and tap, or fit new ones.

Aftercare

Always use cleaning products that are appropriate for your chosen worktop, sink and tap to avoid damaging the materials. You should be able to find guidance for this in the manufacturers’ instructions.

Wickes Tip

When planning how to fit your worktop, always make the best use of the factory-cut edges. These will always be perfectly square cuts, so use these where possible when making joins in corners.

Safety

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when operating drills, hacksaws, and power-saws.
  • Face masks should also be used when cutting laminate surfaces as they are made of chipboard and will release dust when cut.
  • When using adhesive, ensure you protect nearby surfaces and open a window for ventilation.
  • If replacing an old sink and tap, make sure you turn off the water to the area before attempting to remove them. Also, avoid lying directly underneath when removing the old sink, as small parts may fall down during the process.
  • This leaflet is designed to guide you safely through the process of fitting a worktop, sink and tap. If you’re in any doubt, please seek advice from an expert and always follow manufacturers’ instructions.

Step by step instructions

Step 1 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
1

Position the sink upside down on the worktop where you would like it to be located and draw around it with a pencil.

Step 2 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
2

Move the sink and draw a second line, about 10mm – or the depth recommended by your manufacturer – inside the first line.

Step 3 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
3

Use a 10-15mm drill bit to make four holes in the corners of the inner line you’ve drawn.

Step 4 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
4

Place your jigsaw blade into one of the holes and cut carefully along the inner line. Support the area of worktop you are cutting around so that it doesn’t drop down.

Step 5 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
5

Remove the cut area and treat the edges of the worktop by brushing with a waterproof sealant and leaving to dry.

Step 6 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
6

Assemble the sink, tap and waste unit using the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 7 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
7

Position the sink using either the supplied edging strip or a bead of silicone on the cut edge of the worktop. Then use the supplied clips to fix the rim on the underside of the sink to the worktop, using two on each side. This will secure it in place.

Step 8 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
8

Use flexible connectors to attach the new tap or taps to the existing supply pipes, applying PTFE tape to the thread of the pipe, to help create a watertight seal.

Step 9 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
9

Turn the water back on and check for any leaks – tightening the valves with a Monobloc tap box spanner if necessary.

Step 10 of Fitting Kitchen sink and taps
10

Run a bead of silicone along the back edge of the worktop and smooth it down with a sealant finishing toolfor a neat and watertight finish.

How to hang a wall cabinet

Hanging a wall cabinet in the kitchen

Wall cabinets offer handy storage and can be a great design feature in any kitchen. But they must be hung securely, evenly and in the correct place. Our guide will show you how to hang your new kitchen cabinets no matter if you’re working with masonry or timber frame walls. You’ll find out how to mark up your walls, how to check for cables and pipes, where to position the cabinets, ensure they’re level and finally, how to fix and secure them to the wall.

Preparation

Before you do anything, find out whether you have masonry or timber frame walls. With masonry walls, cabinets can be hung anywhere. With timber frame walls, you need to identify secure points onto which the wall brackets can be fixed. This is important as it could affect the final design of your kitchen, and the size of the cabinets you’re able to hang.

Aftercare

After hanging your wall cabinets, secure them to each other with screws to increase their strength. Find more information on this technique on our help and advice page for 'how to install base cabinets'.

Wickes Tip

Hanging a large wall cabinet is a two-person job, so make sure you have help so you can ensure it hangs safely and securely on the wall. When fixing doors and handles, make sure you use a stepladder rather than standing on the base cabinets or worktop as this can cause unnecessary damage. Always ensure your wall cabinets are level with a spirit level.

Safety

  • Always wear safety goggles and gloves when drilling.

Step by step instructions

step 1 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
1

Starting in a corner, draw a line at the height where you want the bottom of your cabinet to be using a measuring tape, spirit level and pencil.

step 2 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
2

Use the spirit level to mark exactly where the outline of the cabinet will be, making sure the corners are clearly defined.

step 3 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
3

At the back of the cabinet, you’ll find the hooks that will attach it to the wall bracket. Using a tape measure, measure the distance these hooks are from top and side of cabinet.

step 4 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
4

Mark these measurements onto the outline you’ve drawn on the wall so you know where the brackets need to be positioned.

step 5 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
5

Use the brackets as a guide to mark the exact position of the screw holes.

step 6 of installing a kitchen base cabinet
6

Use a drill bit and drill setting appropriate to your wall type to create the holes. Place wall plugs into the holes and screw the brackets into place.

step 7 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
7

Lift the cabinet into place slightly above the brackets and carefully lower it down so that the cabinet brackets hook onto the wall brackets.

step 8 of installing a kitchen wall cabinet
8

To make sure the cabinet is level, use a spirit level and a screwdriver to adjust the adjuster block inside the cabinet. Clamp and screw adjacent cabinets together and then use the spirit level to check they are all level.