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Old 03-25-2014, 11:33 PM   #1
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caulking Stainless steel kitchen sink?


I am going to replace my kitchen sink with a Delta SS sink and faucet set.
The sink has a rim seal about an inch from the edge, and the instructions don't say to use any caulk. It has 8 clamps to secure it. The section describing the tools you will need, lists "clear silicone putty, if this is a remodelling job"?, which it is.
So, should I use any caulk or no? this is just going on a cheap laminate type counter top.

Another question I have but isn't as important is the strainer assembly has a gasket, so I'd assume no putty is needed for it. I could always put some in later if it ever leaks.

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I use silicone caulking under the rim of the sink.
No caulking and the countertop would be destroyed as soon as the water hits the particle board.
Use plumbers putty under the rim of the strainer, the rubber and paper gasket goes under the sink, paper toward the nut.

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I run a bead of Dap kwick Seal latex silicone caulk around the perimeter of the sink hole before setting sink in. some folks also apply a layer of silicone to particle board edge of the cut out. These are precautionary steps in case water seeps under the rim.

After mounting the sink and faucet, I also run a tiny bead where the sink meets the counter top. for this step I use clear caulk on SS sinks. I wipe away the excess with a damp sponge or wet finger- be to use latex though as it cleans up with water.

For the strainer- I set them in plumbers putty every time. On the bottom side, the rubber gasket goes against the sink, then the paper friction ring, and last, the nut.

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Old 03-26-2014, 09:42 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info, I will use some caulk. Wonder why they only mention it in the reference to remodel?

Just looking at the instructions again re, strainer, and it definitely shows strainer, gasket, sink, rubber gasket, plastic drain. The gasket that I think goes on top side is a thin foam, not sure if when you say paper gasket, if that is literal or just what it's called.


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Toss the foam use the putty or leave the gun bring the cannoli
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