How To Get Rid of a Cast Iron Sink
Among the wide varieties of many kitchen sink options available in the market, probably one of the most popular kinds is the cast iron sink. The cast iron sink is a preferred sink because it has proven its durability. Cast iron is basically and iron alloy that is strong and durable. It is used as a foundation of cast iron sink. Aside from its durability, cast iron sink also boasts is simply beautiful appearance that is a great addition to any kitchen counter.
Although cast iron is a strong material, a cast iron sink is generally coated with porcelain enamel which is quite brittle. Over time, the covers of cast iron sink cracks and even stains. If your cast iron sink has been used for a long time now, and these damages already appear, you may want to remove your cast iron sink and replace it. Here are some tips you should remember about how to get rid of cast iron sinks properly.
Set up the work place
It is much better if the kitchen sink is clean before you start working. Get rid of all those unwashed dishes first and take away every object on and near the kitchen sink. If there is a cabinet under the kitchen sink, disassemble first the cabinet door to make more room for easy access.
Turn off water lines
Before you start tinkering with your cast iron sink, you should make sure that the water shut-off valve has been turned off. If no one is going to use the water supply while you are working, then you can directly shut down the water supply at your house. After you shut down all the water lines in your home, you should turn on the tap and check if the water lines have been completely turned off. When you have emptied the remaining water, close the tap and place a bucket under the kitchen sink. Then, disconnect the water lines connected at the bottom of the tap using a wrench.
Disconnect pipe lines
After you have disconnected the water lines, the next thing you should do is to disconnect the drain line. Simply loosen the nuts on the drain pipe and remove it. Also, remove the P-trap that contains waste water. Empty the remaining contents on the bucket. After the P-trap, remove the clamp by loosening the screws using a screwdriver.
Remove the sink lock
Using a window zipper, break the silicone sealant on the lip of the sink. This will make the sink removal easier. After you have destroyed the sealant, you should detach the sink surface by removing bolts and screws using screwdriver. Be sure to tag the bolts and screws so that you will not have a hard time finding them after the sink has been removed.
After you have dismounted the sink, you can now start removing the cast iron sink itself. Place a putty knife in the middle of the sink and the counter’s surface; lightly tap the putty knife with a hammer or mallet until it completely slid on beneath the sink’s surface. Run the putty knife over every side of the cast iron sink. Be careful not to damage the sink or the countertop when doing this.
Dislodge the sink
When you have finished running the putty knife along the edges of the sink, you can now easily life the sink up from the counter. It is better if you have someone to help you since cast iron sink is quite heavy. Just lift the sink surface and your work is done.