Installing an undermount copper sink is a complicated home improvement Project,In my view this is the job of a skilled installer,a professional.
This is not a step-by-step guide to install a copper sink,would mislead you into believing a novice could do it,however here there is some useful information about how an undermount copper sink is installed.
THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE INSTALLING AN UNDERMOUNT COPPER SINK
- As copper sinks are hand crafted and dimensions are approximate,we recommend using the actual copper sink for the cut-out.
- Since the copper sink will be used during the cut-out process,is very important to be careful with the sink,do not place the copper sink directly on the floor,be careful do not drop anything on it or scratching it during the cut-out process.
- Regarding the countertop,is important to be aware that different countertop materials will require different cutting methods,follow the countertop manufacturer recommendations.
THINGS YOU WILL NEED
- Undermount copper sink
- Measuring tape
- Sabre saw blade
- Soft cloth
- Mounting Clips (Mounting clips needed may vary according your countertop material:granite,marble,corian,silestone,acrylic,laminated or plywood,you can find them easily at any hardware store.).
- Neutral cure RTV silicone sealant (will not react with the copper).
1. Marking the countertop
- Place the countertop upside down.
- Use actual copper sink as your template.
- Position the sink upside down on the countertop.
- With the pencil mark countertop by tracing edge of the copper sink (Line 1) (Fig. A).
- Measure inside edge of lip and mark countertop accordingly,draw a new line inside of the first line you draw (Line 2) (Fig. B).
- Drill a hole large enough for a sabre saw blade to the inside line (Line 2) (Fig. C).
- Cut along the inside pencil line (Line 2) with your sabre saw (Fig. D).
- Then lift that waste piece out.
3. Attaching the copper sink
- Before attach the sink,test the sink to make sure fits the hole,make corrections if necessary.
- Apply a bead of silicone caulk around hole in countertop.
- Position and align copper sink carefully in hole.
- Use a level to make sure that basin is sitting level in all directions,front to back and side to side;while pressing it down firmly to seal.
- Attach mounting clip fasteners with screws to secure the copper sink under countertop. Tighten fasteners until mounting brackets are snug against sink.
- Check alignment of sink to countertop opening
- Carefully clean up the excess silicone with water and with a soft cloth or with your gloved finger to smooth it out.
- When cleaning up after installations,do not use abrasive cleaners,these substances may remove the patina finish of a copper sink. Use water and a non-abrasive soap (such as dish soap) to clean the surface.