stainless steel sink fixing clips

I have a stainless steel sink to fit in a laminate worktop. There are 5 fixing clips along the front and back, and 2 clips on each side. The clips hook onto a tag on the sink and a bit at the bottom hinges under the worktop as is tightended to look in place. The sink has a bit of "spring" in it, and looks like it needs to be pulled down tight onto the worktop. Now, whoever designed these clips seems to have neglected to realise that since the bowls more or less fill the space under most of the worktop, it is practically impossible to tighten them up along most of the back and one side ! I might *just* be possible with a very long screwdriver if I take out the shelf and lie upside down under the sink, but you certainly couldn't get a hand in there to hold the clips steady.
So, how important are these clips and how does this usually work ?
I could invent some other type of clip, probably using builder's metal band, and fix to somewhere on the cabinet rather than onto the worktop I suppose.
Simon.
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sm_jamieson wrote:

That's how everyone else has to do it

Very important as they help seal between cut worktop and sink and therfore, water ingress

After you've cut your hole out for the sink, seal the cut edge of worktop with liberal amounts of silicone sealant, preferably letting it cure before trying to fix the sink in otherwise you'll be covered in it
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On Thursday, July 26, 2012 8:27:35 PM UTC+1, Phil L wrote:

The clips at the side do not have enough clearance to hinge into position, so those ones would have to be somehow held in place under the worktop before the sink is put into the cutout, and deftly clipped into the tags as the sink is lowered. Simon.
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On 26/07/2012 20:50, sm_jamieson wrote:

those ones would have to be somehow held in place under the worktop before the sink is put into the cutout, and deftly clipped into the tags as the sink is lowered.

Once you have mastered that, nailing jelly to the ceiling should be easy :-)
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On 26/07/2012 20:19, sm_jamieson wrote:

Those clips were designed by a severely retarded gerbil. 'Kin useless objects.

That's what the severely retarded gerbil didn't think about.

If you can get a few done up it will hold the sink in place. Last on I did the clips weren't long enough to go under a standard 38mm worktop.

As mentioned above, last one I did, one of these composite jobbies, I glued it down with 'sticks like sh*t', then siliconed around the edge afterwards.
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On Thu, 26 Jul 2012 12:19:10 -0700 (PDT), sm_jamieson
They're important, if you can get them in place. As said, GripsLikeShit is one option, but sometimes the way is to fix the sink to the worktop before the w'top is turned the right way up and finally fixed down. That way you get full access to the shitty clips and just be careful you leave enough clearance for the crappy things when the w'top's turned over. Rubbish design all round, really.
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On Thursday, July 26, 2012 9:16:20 PM UTC+1, Grimly Curmudgeon wrote:

I could have fitted the sink before the worktop was glued up, but then the plumbing would have been a nightmare.
I wonder if there is available some "long" clips that would hook into the hole in the tab and fix down onto the side of the unit, with a screw tightening mechanism lower down. I could use those for the side, and probably get a long screwdriver up the back.
Simon.
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On Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:03:27 -0700 (PDT), sm_jamieson
Not if you fit tails on the tap/s beforehand.
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sm_jamieson wrote:

clips along the front and back, and 2 clips on each side. The clips hook onto a tag on the sink and a bit at the bottom hinges under the worktop as is tightended to look in place.

since the bowls more or less fill the space under most of the worktop, it is practically impossible to tighten them up along most of the back and one side !

shelf and lie upside down under the sink, but you certainly couldn't get a hand in there to hold the clips steady.

If you mount the sink before fixing the bench top it is easier. (unless top is already fixed)
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On Friday, July 27, 2012 1:15:27 AM UTC+1, F Murtz wrote:

Too late for that now ! Plus, there are risks of breaking the worktop in the narrow bits around the cutout if you make the cutout away from the units. I will improvise !
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