Consulting the Emsen installation manual (actually, a single sheet of paper), I flipped the sink upside down onto the counter and lined it up with where I wanted it to be installed.
|Lining up the sink and trying to keep it close to the front edge.|
Lining up the outside edges of the sink so that they were flush with the inside edges of the walls of the corner cabinet, I took out my super trusty Staedler draughting pencil and traced out the sink.
Then I used my yardstick to reduce this outline by a half inch all around.
With nerves all jangling, I drilled a few pilot holes through the counter flush with the inner rings I had drawn, and then inserted my jig saw (complete with a brand new blade) and began working my way around the pattern.
At the front edge I hit some substantial resistance, so I skipped over that spot and came back to it later. It turned out I was hitting the metal bolt holding part of the two counters together - it was a redundant part according to the manual when you were installing a sink in that area, so I will try not to lose too much sleep over it.
|Definitely no going back now!|
|Dry fit makes it look good.|
Then I installed the clips for holding the sink down onto the countertop and flipped it over and set it in the hole.
It wasn't a hardship to tuck the clips in as I sought to seat the sink in the hole again. They did catch in a few places, but it wasn't a problem to push them in and then the sink quickly returned to its final position.
I ducked underneath and then realized my next problem - the clips were designed for an Ikea countertop that was over an inch thick. My "custom" laminate countertop was only about a half inch thick. The clips would tighten down fully long before they reached the countertop.
Along the back edge of the sink it wasn't a big issue. I got out more of my strapping and screwed it to the countertop along the back edge and the two shorter sections extending out from there.
|Just had to add my strapping to get the clips back to useable status.|
|Hmmm, nothing to gain purchase on here!|
Then I thought about replacing the clips altogether - that's when I started to really make progress! I knew I had a scrap piece of galvanzed pipe strap just out on the front porch. I cut it into a bunch of smaller pieces, and used them to replace the clips. One end of the straps I screwed tightly into the sides of the cabinet, and then I tightened up the adjusting bolt and the sink snugged down nicely.
|Ahhh! Clever lad! A makeshift clip!|
With the sink nice in place, Kenny grabbed a rubber and tried to erase the marks left around the sink from my pencil, and I went underneath to attach the "Atlant" drains.
A previous error in working on my plumbing meant I no longer had a P trap for the sink, so at this point I put a bucket under the drain, and washed another load of dishes. Every day the laundry and dishes get easier to do again!
|A thing of beauty. Now if only I hadn't already messed up this P trap, I could keep going.|