Farmhouse sinks, or apron sinks are oversized sinks that are seen primarily in country décor. Usually made of porcelain, farmhouse sinks have gained wider appeal, and can now be found in all types of interior design. Apron sinks made of copper, metal, or even concrete have also become popular.Step 1: Trace the farmhouse sink template onto the counter using a pencil. There should be a template for the top as well as the side of the counter.
TIP: If you don’t have a sink template, you can make your own. Start by tracing the top of sink, then make the shape you have created a ¼ inch smaller all around. The side template should simply be an outline of the front of the farmhouse sink.
Step 2: Cut out the holes in the counter top with a jigsaw. Sand away any burrs or rough areas with a sanding sponge.
Step 3: Place the sink into the hole you have just cut to check for fit. Note any areas with your pencil that are too narrow and remove the farmhouse sink once more. Make any necessary adjustments using the jigsaw.
Step 4: Install the under-mount hardware to underside of the lip of the counter top that will hold the sink in place.
Step 5: Slide the farmhouse sink into place. Tighten the under-mount hardware to secure the farmhouse sink to the counter top.
Step 6: Place plumber’s putty underneath the lip of the sink strainer and drain assembly. Push it down and into place in the hole in the farmhouse sink.
Step 7: Connect the tailpiece to the sink drain assembly using an adjustable wrench. Place teflon tape on the threads of the connection and tighten with the wrench.
Step 8: Attach the P trap to the tailpiece running from the sink connection, using teflon tape and the wrench to secure the attachment.
Step 9: Install the faucet you have chosen to use with your farmhouse sink according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Be sure to attach the water supply lines to the sink, as well as attaching the faucet to the farmhouse sink.
TIP: The cold water supply should always be installed so it services the tap on the right.
Step 10: Caulk around the farmhouse sink where it meets the counter using a high grade silicon caulk. This will prevent any leaks between the counter and the sink.