Asked on Sep 3, 2019

How can I replace a kichen island sink base cabinet?

WilliamKathy InmanNaomie Moore aka baileyanddaisey, Castaic CA
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How to replace the beat up kitchen island sink base cabinet with granite countertop. Who should I hire to help me remove them and put it on the new base cabinet. The si k is so king, we placed an alligator jack to hold it for now. I dont know who to call. I saw an assembled sink base cabinet at home depot for replacement.

Alligator jack holding the sink from sinking down.

7 answers
  • Kelli L. Milligan
    Kelli L. Milligan
    on Sep 3, 2019

    Home Depot will have a list of qualified installers for that. They can set that up for you.

  • Ma. Cristina  Aranda
    Ma. Cristina Aranda
    on Sep 3, 2019

    I did some inquiry and most of the responded wants me to purchase from them. Bec. I mentioned I will provide the assembled unit that I will buy from home depot.

  • Ma. Cristina  Aranda
    Ma. Cristina Aranda
    on Sep 3, 2019

    I even inquire at yelp but contractors answered with free estimate I'm afraid I might pay a large sum of money I have a limited budget on hand.

  • Mindshift
    Mindshift
    on Sep 3, 2019

    You need three different types of installers—a carpenter/cabinet installer to remove and replace the base unit, workers to install the new countertop over the base unit and cut holes for the sink and faucet, and a plumber to reinstall/hook up the water lines, sink, faucet and disposal. You might find a handyman who could do the cabinet install and the plumbing, but the countertop is a specialty installation. You should stain and seal or paint the cabinet (inside and out) before you install it, so the wood is protected. Your city might also require a permit and inspection. Call your city permit department and ask.

    Please note that an estimate is NOT the same as a bid. A bid is a firm amount for which the worker agrees to do the job. The low bid is not always the best price. The three things customers want from a job are fast, cheap and good. An honest carpenter says pick two. Fast and cheap won't be good. Fast and good won't be cheap. Good and cheap won't be fast as other lucrative jobs may get precedence.

    For every portion of the job the contractor should say what will be done and how much will be charged, and put it in writing. Each contractor and you should sign a contract, and you should get a copy at that time. Will you wish to re-use your sink/faucet/disposal? State that on the contract so they won't be trashed with the old cabinet. Note also that if you have any leaks around the sink there may be unseen damage that could add to the cost before the install can proceed. This is an add-on or a change order, but once you have torn out the old cabinet you are committed. Plan on having to pay more just in case.

    HomeAdvisor is another place to look for tradesmen. It is a free service that matches your project to local trades. https://www.homeadvisor.com/

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  • Kathy Inman
    Kathy Inman
    on Sep 3, 2019

    Here's a thought......to replace that sink cabinet would require removal of that old cabinet. the entire countertop would need to be lifted, which would mean disconnecting all the plumbing, (the drain, garbage disposal, etc.), re-caulking the backsplash and re-glueing the countertop back down. Also, that is an undermount sink which means you would need to be very careful removing the countertop so it did not snap off. Pulling out the existing cabinet may even affect your flooring depending on how it was initially installed. I am assuming the tile is butted against the cabinet base. Then everything would need to be re-installed and hooked up.

    Instead of doing all of that, you might be able to rebuild the interior of the cabinet. That would be the sides, back, and bottom of the cabinet with new 3/4" plywood. You would need to piece it to get around the drain but a cabinet installer or home contractor can do that. Also, for a heavy sink, you can build a small platform (you can use 2"x2" material) that sits inside the cabinet and reaches up to the bottom of the sink to support it. It depends on what type of sink it is. If it is Stainless steel it should be light enough that you don't need it.

    You could apply several coats of Polycrylic (available at Lowes) to protect the plywood inside.

    The new plywood could be notched out for the hinges so they could remain mounted to the side of the existing cabinet. Your doors would still open and close correctly.

    Please be aware replacing the cabinet entirely would be the ideal way to proceed with this. But if you are on a tight budget this could solve the problem without having to unhook everything!

  • William
    William
    on Sep 3, 2019

    For me that is an easy job. The sink is caulked and may have brackets holding it to the countertop from underneath. First you would need a plumber to disconnect the plumbing, remove the garbage disposal. Then support the sink so it doesn't fall. Unscrew the brackets if there are some. Cut through the sink caulking from the top with a utility knife. Gently pry the sink with a putty knife so not to crack the granite. Lower the sink and remove it from the top at an angle. Since your replacing the cabinet I would just break it apart. Check for screws where the cabinet butts against the other cabinets on each side. Cut and break the old cabinet out. The new cabinet should just slip right into place. I would place the sink inside the new cabinet to make it easier to install. Caulk the sink lip, screw in place. Level, shim, and screw the back of the new cabinet into the wall. Reconnect the plumbing. Good Luck.

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