I don’t know what kind of kitchen you think are the most unique of their kind, but to me, they are the outdoor kitchens. I’ve always thought cooking can be a totally different segment of fun, if you have a kitchen outside. Yeah! I know what you are thinking. The weather fact! But come on, look at the bright side! Cooking in an open space rather than doing so in a suffocated or congested room that we call the kitchen. By the way, I am not here to deliver a speech on outdoor kitchen, but to tell you about an important part of it and that is the outdoor sink. No, not the types or pattern of it, but how to get it installed. So, without wasting much of a time, let’s have a glance over the installation process.
You are not thinking about doing it with your bare hands I guess! So, obviously you are going to need some tools over here. In case of outdoor sink, durability surely matters the most as they are, unlike the regular sink on open space and open to all kinds of external hazards. So, you need to build it in a way that can sustain external those external hazards. Now let’s get back on the track and see what you are going to need for making a nice and durable outdoor sink.
Step one: Building the iron frame
Yeah! You’ve heard me right. The first thing to be done here is the building metal frame that will hold the whole structure including the main sink. As I told you earlier, outdoor sinks are open to any kind of external hazards, the durability needs be ensured with a strong structure and what can be stronger than metal to do that (No! I am not including concrete structure). So, first of the all check the length and width of the sink that you have bought for installing. Use the metal bars and a metal cutting blade to shape the bars according to the size of the sink, but make sure that you will be having 2-3 inches of spare space after setting the sink. So, in the beginning measure the sink with the tape and measure the metal according the size. Cut them with the metal cutting blade. Here, make sure that you are having the exact same measurement in cutting all the bars for the width and do the same in length as well. Now, use the welding machine to cut connect the bars. Use enough supporting bars, so that the structure can become strong enough to hold the weight of the sink more properly. If the sink is 30’x18’, cut the length portion around 38’ (as you might need the space to keep the wash utensils or other things there and keep the spare space on the right or left, not on both sides) and width 22’, that you can have enough room for other things. The bars from the ground shall be measured according your preference that what kind of distance you want to maintain between the ground and sink.
Step Two: Paint the metal structure
Now paint the metal structure if you don’t want to keep the traditional metallic color. You can use the color of the sink, so that you ensure the color compatibility.
Step Three: Prepare wooden panels
Now comes the wood work part. The first thing you need to do is take some wooden bars, cut the according to the measures that can cover up the blank portions of the metallic. For that, you are going to need drill machine and a screwdriver for turning the wood pieces into wooden panels for setting up the sink properly and filling up the frame as well. First of all, cut the pieces according to the size of the metal frame and you can do that with the metal cutting blade as well. Get them together and stick them with the a wooden bar and the drill machine & screw driver. Set them on the right places in the frame. Use both the silicon sealant and screw to strengthen the bond. On the countertop, don’t cover it entirely with wooden bars as you have to put the sink in there as well.
Step Four: Putting the sink in
Now take sink and put it in the place. If the overlap is okay, cut two small pieces of woods. One of them for filling up the gap in front and another one on the back. You will have to put some support underneath the sink, so cut the some pieces of wood with a help of the jigsaw as they need to be curved according to the size of the sink. The last piece of wood that you will need to cut is for the apron of the sink. So, take the measurement, cut it off and attach it to the frame.
Step Five: Attaching the drain system
The next step is attaching the drain system. Get one of the regular but a durable plastic draining system. Then connect it to the sink. But make sure that you are leaving enough space to put a big bottle underneath it.
Step Six: Installing the faucet
Now get the faucet and install it on the sink with the help of the wrench. There is suppose to be a water tap outside of your house that you usually use for you watering your garden or wash your car. Connect the faucet to that water tap with a compatible pipe.
Step Seven: Connecting the water bottle
The last thing you need to do is take a big empty bottle of water and connect it to the draining system, where all the waste water will go. If you think that it will look a little odd to keep it open like that, then take a piece of cloth, cut it according to the frame size and attach it to the frame like a curtain.
Things are a lot easier when you know how to get them done. I hope this article of mine will help you to understand how you how to install outdoor sink all by yourself and that’s not going cost you as much as any of the professional would have charged you. So, take my advice and get done by yourself. It will not only get you some appreciation, but will also make you more confident for something bigger than that.