Installing a Countertop, Sink and Kitchen Faucet


The granite counter top gives consumers an elegant and durable work surface for their kitchens that will give them years of service. Traditionally, installing a granite counter top was a job that was left to the pros. Due to the nature of the material, previously highly specialized tools were required to achieve a quality installation .

However, with the increasing popularity of these, they are now available in standard shapes and sizes with preformed edges at a reasonable price, and the kitchen installation techniques have evolved so that any quality contractor can offer this service.

Before you begin installing a granite counter top. Carefully remove material from the existing hob, disconnect all gas lines and remove appliances.

Always have at least one helper when placing heavy boards. Granite can crack or break under its own weight, especially in weak spots like around the sink cutouts.
Make sure all cabinets are level and securely attached to the floor and wall. The top surfaces of the cabinets should be level with a variation of less than ⅛ inch in a 10-foot span. Wall surfaces should be plumb with a variation of less than ⅛ of a straight plane in a 10-foot span. Exceeding these tolerances will result in excessive wedging and wide spaces with filler material.

Although some granite slabs over 20 millimeters thick can be used without the need for a complete substrate that supports the stone, typically at least ¾ inch plywood should be placed at sea or outdoors above Cabinets to support granite.

Drill pilot holes to prevent chipboard material from fraying and secure the plywood with screws. Sinks may require additional framing or supports to support the weight of the sink and its components.

When the granite counter top arrives you will need help putting it in place. Be very careful, as the granite slabs easily break, especially along the natural veins of the material.

Make sure that the plate is level from side to side, and from front to back. Make recess cuts if necessary.

Put in the sink

After the counter is on it’s time to install the sink. This is pretty straight forward so we wont go into it in too much detail.

Put in the kitchen faucet

After you have installed the sink it’s now time to install the kitchen faucet. Assuming you did your research and read top faucet reviews before buying, you should have a product that will fit nicely in your sink. All you should have to do is pop it in and tighten the fasteners so that it doesn’t go anywhere.

Troubleshooting a Garbage Disposal

Well, before you start solving any problem, I want you to promise me that you will obey the cardinal rules of “Repairing a Garbage Disposal”. That is, you will never
put your hand in the hole (down the drain in the disposal)
That said, let’s take a look at repairing this vital piece of kitchen equipment so that it can become one of the best garbage disposals you’ve ever had.

garbage disposalThe disposal does not turn on (no noise)
If the crusher does not turn on and is not humming, then there is an electrical problem.

This may seem obvious, but make sure the crusher is plugged in.
If connected, press the Reset button on the bottom of the unit. If it has been reset, the button will skip.
If that does not work, check if the circuit breaker has tripped and turned off at the electrical service panel.
If the switch has not tripped and the reset button is not popped out, then it is a faulty switch or a defective trash crusher. First locate the switch that powers the disposal unit. It should be located on the wall, but may be under the sink.
Turn off the switch on the service panel that feeds the shredder.
Replace switch.
Turn it back on at the service panel and check if the crusher is working.
If the crusher does not work and does not make noise, the trash crusher is beyond repair and needs to be replaced.

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