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Old 05-31-2010, 12:04 AM   #1
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Help needed - Installing kitchen sink

We are renovating our AS and built new cabinets and all. We purchased a standard countertop for the kitchen cabinet and are going to reuse the original sink. It is a standard stainless steel sink that drops into a hole in the countertop. I am wondering if there should be a seal of some sort between the sink rim and countertop to keep water from getting underneath and if so, what? The one countertop we took out is like a cushiony surface and there was no sealer (or at least, none left) but I think it needs it with the new countertop.

I was thinking a generous bead of silicone under the lip of the sink before setting into place and then clean the edge once the sink is bolted down?

Thanks in advance for any advice on this.

Here is a picture of the sink sitting in place on the framing minus the countertop:
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Hi, I wouldn't use silicone. I think plumbers putty or camper tape would work better because it would smash down and out, seal, and stay flexible. [easy to clean excess off] But let's hear it from a real plumber or kitchen remodeler.
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definitely don't use silicone.

If you don't use plumber's putty, either caulk with an acylic (or other water soluble caulk) or use butyl tape (comes in a roll, like some plumber's putties), which is easier to work with than plumber's putty. Just fold it over once and put it under the sink flange, then tighten the sink down on the counter.

Nice job on framing your cabinets, BTW.

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Thanks Zep and Robert. That's what I was looking for. I didn't think silicone would be a good choice here due to the gap but had no idea what would be better. I will pickup some plumber's putty or Butyl tape. Will both of those squeeze out the edge for a good seal on the edge?
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Plumbers putty will get hard and crack out over time,I use Polyseamseal ,a latex caulk,better to use clear,it is white coming out of the tube,then turns clear,and remains flexible.
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Dave,
Thanks for the info. It looks like Lowe's carries it. Is what I am looking for the "Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk". Everything else is silicone.

Here is the link to the stuff:
Polyseamseal | Tub & Tile Adhesive Caulk - A Kitchen and Bath Adhesive and Caulk in One
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That`s it, been using it for over 30 years. Dave
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Thanks again. And for everyone's help on this!
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