Removing a Kitchen Sink to Install Tile

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    • 1). Turn the two water supply valves under the kitchen sink to the "Off" position--normally this means moving the valve handles clockwise. Turn off the power to the garbage disposal if you have one. Some garbage disposals simply plug into an outlet under the sink; if your disposal is hard-wired into the house's electrical system, turn the power off at the circuit breaker.

    • 2). Locate the connection nut between the water supply lines to the faucet and the water shut-off valves. Turn the nut counterclockwise with a pair of slip-joint pliers, and remove the faucet supply lines from the shut-off valves. Locate the spray hose connection to the bottom of the faucet if you have a spray hose. Turn the connection counterclockwise with a wrench and remove the supply line.

    • 3). Loosen the clamp securing the dishwasher drain hose to the garbage disposal with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Pull the dishwasher drain hose away from the garbage disposal. Loosen the slip nut connecting the drain pipe to the garbage disposal with the slip-joint pliers and separate the drain pipe from the disposal.

    • 4). Pry open the snap ring securing the disposal to the bottom of the sink with a flat-head screwdriver. Turn the disposal counterclockwise to disengage it from the sink. Lay the disposal on the floor of the cabinet under the sink if the disposal is hard-wired directly to the house. If your disposal plugs in, just set it out of the way elsewhere.

    • 5). Loosen the screws securing the sink clips to the bottom of the countertop with a Phillips-head screwdriver. Turn the pivoting part of each clip away from the sink.

    • 6). Ask a friend to help you pull the sink out of the countertop. Push the sink up from under the countertop while your helper pulls the sink up from above. Guide the water supply hoses through the holes in the countertop as the sink is pulled away. Set the sink on a flat surface out of the way.

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