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Monday, May 13, 2019

Replacing Integral Avonite Sink With A Top Mount Stainless Steel Sink in Salisbury NC

  This sink has a lot of staining in it and needs to be replaced.  It is a discontinued Avonite model sink so simply removing it and replacing with the same one again is not an option.  Without another option they will have to replace all of the countertops in the kitchen as well as the sink of course.  That would be at least a $5000.00 project in this kitchen.  I am the other option.

                                                                                                                                                                     In a very unusual occurrence, I actually did not have to cut this sink out of the countertop.  I noticed that there was a small void (tiny hole where there is no adhesive) where the countertop and the sink meet.  I was curious as to whether or not this was beginning to seperate from the countertop so I gave it a small tap with the rubber handle on my hammer and it was obvious that this sink was on the way out one way or the other.  I removed the entire sink with no power tools at all.  In the 20 years that I have been doing this I have never seen that!

  You can see here where there is a lot of molding in the area where the glue void was.  Water was able to get in between the sink and the countertop causing the mold on the inside of the cabinet.  Normally this is not an issue with this type of sink but it was on this one.

   We are replacing the Avonite sink with a top mount 33 x 22 stainless steel zero radius sink.  Here is where it gets a little tricky.  A lot.

  The sink I just removed was 33" from wall to wall.  The new sink is 33" from lip to lip (left to right).  Once the sink is removed, there is a 3/8" radius on the sink cut out.  This adds 3/4" more area that needs to be covered by the new sink. Notice the gap in the picture above.  Since I left my stainless steel sink stretcher at home today I will have to shrink the cutout rather than stretching the sink!

  While I am doing the sink cut out shrink process I will also be plugging that extra hole in the countertop to the right of the sink.


 I had a lot of work to do and did not document a good portion of the process but here you can see that I have added material to the sides and have plugged the hole in the countertop.  Next I re cut the sink cutout to accept the installation of the new sink.

 Now the new sink is installed and the extra hole is plugged.  The plumber will be by in the morning.

 Replacing Integral Avonite Sink With A Top Mount Stainless Steel Sink in Salisbury NC done by   Bryan Dix at Complete Solid Surface Refinishing



Monday, March 18, 2019

Replacing Corian Integral Sink With Top Mount Stainless Steel Double Bowl Sink in Danville Virginia

  Today we are in Danville, Virginia replacing a Corian 850 integral sink with a top mount stainless steel double bowl sink from Water Creation.
  This sink has a crack in it and it is leaking into the cabinet.

This is the Water Creation top mount double bowl sink.
The plumber will be there in the morning to plumb the new sink.

Corian sink replacement in Beautiful Danville, Virginia done by Bryan Dix at Complete Solid Surface Refinishing

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Changing An Undermount 33 x 22 Sink To A Top Mount 33 x 22 Sink

The sink in this post is an Americast 33" x 22".  That is a very large sink to undermount but they designed it to be installed either as a top mount or an undermount.  You can see why it is problematic as an undermount if the need arises for you to change the sink without removing the countertops or replacing them entirely.

This is the same scenario for any other sink made from any other material.  The big challenge of this type of sink replacement comes from the 33" x 22" size.

On this one, it has the compounded problem that the sink is 33" wide, but it is installed in a cabinet base that is only 30" so the lip of the sink is resting on the cabinet walls and even when you pry away all of the silicone between the countertop and the sink, the sink does not have the ability to drop down inside the cabinet and be taken out of the bottom of the sink cabinet like you can on other sink replacements.

Having only the option of replacing all of the countertops in the kitchen or getting very determined and creative, the homeowner opted for determined and creative, so I dug in.

                                          Here's the sink to be replaced.

                                         I am cutting the correct sink cutout for the new top
                                         mount sink that will replace this one.  I am doing
                                         it this way to remove as much of the countertop away
                                         from the existing sink.  This will decrease the likelyhood
                                         of cracking the countertop when seperating it from the sink.


                                                   Here I am trying to show the cabinet wall
                                                   so you can see where the sink bowl is,
                                                   and the sink lip goes under the countertop
                                                   and rests on the cabinet wall.
                                         More cutting
                                          This sink is really too large for the cabinet, but they
                                          got it in there.

                                                   I had to disassemble all the drawer slides
                                                   for the cabinets on the right hand side of the
                                                   sink, then cut out the cabinet wall giving
                                                   us an "escape hatch" which allows the sink
                                                   drop down and be removed through the
                                                   bottom of the cabinet.
                                         Here is the proper sink cutout, and the old sink is out.
                                          This is the sink they chose to replace the old one

 On a scale of 4, 4 being the most difficult, this one is a high 3.9.

Changing a 33" x 22" undermount sink to a top mount 33" x 22" sink done by Bryan Dix, Complete Solid Surface Refinishing in beautiful Clemmons, NC