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Friday, February 23, 2018

Changing from one solid surface sink to a different model of solid surface sink

The lighting in this room was not very good for taking pictures but here they are.

This is a Gibraltar solid surface sink.  It has bad crazing in the bottom and needs to be replaced.  The home owner wanted to get a different type of sink so we put in another Gibraltar sink that has only the two bowls but not the ledge on the back.  We would have replaced it with the same model but this sink has been discontinued for several years so the was not possible.

Obviously, since this sink has a specific size and shape that will remain the same when we remove the sink, that cutout will need to be changed to accept the installation of the newer model of sink.  This is one of the most labor intensive sink replacements that you can do.  Sort of a worst case scenario, but we turn the worst case into the best result.

These are the layout marks where I will have to cut the countertop to make seams and shrink the sink cutout so I can then mount the new sink and make it appear as an original installation instead of an after thought.

The sink is now removed

I"ve made all the cuts around the sink cutout, straightening the edges so that I can do seams around the sink cutout to reduce the size of the cutout.

You may haveto zoom in to see it but here are the pieces that I am seaming to shrink the cut out size for the new sink.

Ready to install the new sink
Here is the new sink.  It looks like it has lived there since the countertop was originally installed.
The plumber showed up the next morning and they were back in business.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Replace Cornerstone Integral Sink With Retro Fit Stainless Steel Undermount Sink in Mint Hill, NC

This is a Cornerstone integral solid surface sink that is severely cracked.  The homeowner wants to replace it with a stainless steel undermount sink.

Unlike some of the double or single bowl solid surface sinks, there are no undermount stainless steel sinks that will fit the sink hole cutout so we will have to do some extensive alterations to allow the new stainless steel sink to be installed.

You can see here that I have had to cut into two of the radius corners.  I have to add more solid surface material (Cornerstone) to the cut areas so that I can extend the material far enough to reform the radius to fit the new stainless steel sink.  Notice the spider webb crack in the left bowl.
I already have the sink cut free from the countertop at this point but I still have it sitting in the cabinet.

Here is the final product.  As you can see, it looks like it was an original installation.  This one will require a local plumber to get the water running again.  The customer was thrilled with the result.

Cornerstone Integral Sink Replaced With Retrofit Stainless Steel Undermount Sink in Mint Hill NC done by Bryan Dix, Complete Solid Surface Refinishing 

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Replacing a Corian 850 Sink With An Undermount Stainless Steel in Advance, North Carolina

  This is another retrofit sink replacement.  It is in Advance, North Carolina.  We are replacing a Corian 850 double sink with a single bowl stainless steel undermount sink.

                                         This is the Corian 850 sink

This is the single bowl stainless steel sink.

Corian 850 sink replaced with a single bowl undermount stainless steel sink in beautiful Advance, North Carolina done by Complete Solid Surface Refinishing