There is definitely something to be said about do-it-yourself plumbing and homeowners who do their own plumbing find that it can save them a ton of cash (something we're all looking for in today's economy). There is also a great sense of satisfaction to be had in knowing that you can handle the little plumbing tasks around the home without calling out an expensive plumber. Installing a new sink or faucet doesn't have to be a complicated job - especially if you are prepared beforehand with the knowledge of the appropriate materials and supplies you'll need for easy installation. Let's take a look at some of the items you should purchase before you get started installing your new kitchen sink or faucet.
Plumbing Supplies for New Sink Installation
The type of plumbing supplies that you will need to purchase will be related to the type of sink that you will be installing. In general, there are some plumbing supplies that you will need for nearly every type of sink installation. A sink drain, for instance, will be required, as will a basket strainer. This is inserted into the hole in the basin's bottom. The drain will also need to be sealed off with plumber's putty (which is relatively inexpensive and prevents leaks). A rubber gasket will need to be fitted beneath the strainer and secured with a locknut to keep it from moving around. The sink drain will be connected to a part known as a tailpiece which is then connected to the drain or strainer using a threaded coupling. Other pieces that will be needed include a trap, a slip point coupling, and an escutcheon plate to finish the job.