There is always a risk but in most cases with careful work it is minimal.
The greatest risk is in the removal of the old. Treat with Liquid wrench or
similar, let it sit a day or two then carefully remove the old unit. Clean
well before installing the new; plastic and liquid wrench don't play well
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We've missed you for a few weeks. With everything that you have been
doing, the sink drains should be easy. I would suggest going to a big
hardware store and look at the various pieces of plumbing for drains.
All of them will have a rubber gasket on the bottom side of the drain
to help seal them against leaking. You put the drain pipe thru the
sink opening, with some sealer (I use sikicone rubber) on the bottom
of the tailpiece that goes inside the sink, then put on the gasket and
the securing nut and push them up to the threaded portion of the tail
piece and tighten snugly, The sealant should be squishing out a
little at both the top and bottom. Wipe of the excess and finish
conecting the remaining pipes and turn on the water. It really is
easy and you should be able to do it in well uner an hour. Use the
pieces you remove to size the replacement pipes. Unless a goriila
installed your present pipes, undoing the nuts and removing the old
pipes should not be difficult, unless the house is 100 years old. Do
what Colby suggests if the old pipes don't remove easily.
I don't want to rain on your parade, but I have found on disassembly that
rust, corrosion, and crud were all that was holding it together, and once it
is disassembled, it might not go back on and not leak. You can replace with
metal, but the new plastic is functional, cheap, available, and easy to work
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Thanks so much for all of your great feedback. I went to Home Depot
today and I purchased three sinks, and three new faucets. I decided I
did not want to put money into new cabinets and vanity tops, and use the
old sinks. The sinks were only $39 each, and almost like what I have.
I just felt this makes it all so much easier.
I will need to hire a plumber anyway to install the faucets.
Thanks again. What a great group of knowledgeable people.
Before you start, make sure the valves under the sink are not frozen and
that they shut the water totally off. If any of that is an issue you may
have to shut all the water off either at the meter or the valve right
after the meter.
Splurging once in a while is okay, especially for stuff you will be
staring at 2-3 times a day. If the old sinks are basically sound, please
don't trash them- donate them to Habitat ReStore or similar. Some poor
DIY or landlord will use them to upgrade a bathroom that was even worse
than yours, so two people will benefit from your purchase. It's a karma
apartment building. This man is 84 and works night and day on his
building. It is quite the show place, and he is pleased as punch to get
them. He even likes the faucets. The pride he takes in this building
is amazing. While I am sure he can afford new ones, I just feel good
about doing this. They are good people.
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