Overview

Sink anatomy illustration
Illustration: Gregory Nemec
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GETTING STARTED

The trickiest part of installing a new sink and faucet is connecting the sink's drain—the pieces between the sink's tailpiece and the waste line. Always start at the sink tailpiece and work down. This is where a swivel P-trap with a trap adapter earns its keep. It can swing side to side on two different axes and adjust up or down.

Before you head off to the store, Richard recommends drawing a "map" like the illustration here and checking the inside dismeters of the tailpiece and waste line, usually 1 ½ inches. Then, instead of buying a kit, get only the pieces you need, including Schedule 40 PVC pipe to cut and fit as needed.

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    Tools List

    • tubing cutter
      Tubing cutter
    • jigsaw
      Jigsaw with laminate-cutting blade
    • drill
      Drill-driver with spade bit
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • adjustable pliers
      Mechanic's pliers
    • adjustable wrench
      Adjustable wrench
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hack saw
      Hacksaw,
      for cutting PVC pipe
    • utility knife
      Utility knife or penknife,
      for removing burrs on PVC pipe cuts
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge,
      for marking sink cutout

    Shopping List

    1. PVC PRIMER AND CEMENT

    2. PLUMBER'S PUTTY

    3. SAFETY GOGGLES

    4. 2-INCH DUCT OR MASKING TAPE

    5. PIPE-JOINT COMPOUND

    for sealing threaded metal joints