It's been a white hair project! I should have known better when it's time to call for the professional plumber and being so hard headed. It's been two months now since my garbage disposer died. I should have just replaced the garbage disposer and got it over with. But I wanted to switch to a single bowl large sink. All my baking pans and pots can be quite large. I got tired of turning the pots and baking sheets over and over and spilling water all over the counter. My wonderful thought about having a single bowl sink is becoming a not quite so wishful though. I finally found this 33" x 22"single bowl kitchen sink with 4 holes from Amazon. It's beautiful. I was 100% sure that the measurement matches exactly as my old two bowls sink. The new Ruvati sink came with a model card board in the shipping box. All I had to do is to drop into my sink frame and if it fits, then, supposedly the sink would, too. It placed in perfectly, but when I tried to seat the new sink in, the reality - Oh, No. It doesn't fit. I had to buy dremel tool, attachments - thanks to Holiday sales. Hours of cutting tiles, adjusting, and shaving of plywood frame to the counter top. Who would use concrete or the cement to attach Tiles to the kitchen counter. What a luck. It took HOURS to slice them through to remove tiles. And of course, the reality of how the Lenar builder built my kitchen sink frame / counter is a shocker. "The thing" that we should not see, but expected to had been completed perfectly is now exposed. More shaving, more tools. New battery pack, new garbage disposer. And Oh, Dear. All the returns and more purchases I had to do. But what can you say other than a salute to professional plumbers. But after seeing how my sink is built - "sigh...."
This is my photo diary of the replacement thus far. It is not completed as of today, and I cannot install the garbage disposer I purchased because its rubber disposer guard and neck threading and lower mounting ring are manufactured with defect. It made it impossible for the low mounting ring to slide lock onto upper mounting ring. Arrg!
Every Garbage Disposal Instructions from hardcopy to online and YouTube tells you to just Twist and turn the lower mounting ring around the unit's collar clockwise to dismount the garbage disposal. Really? I tried and tried. WD40 to pounding with hammer. Nothing. After two and half weeks of trying (not every moment, but after work, spare moments...), I used my neighbor's 5 lb sledge hammer. Pound on it about 10 times as hard as I could. Nope. Not a budge. In despair, as my neighbor asked if I want him to take a look at it. He said, he has no experience with plumbing at all or with the garbage disposer. I was already frustrated for the day, so I said, "Sure." He arrived at my messy kitchen with tools everywhere. He looked at the unit. In a moment of him twisting the unit, out he came under the sink cabinet holding the garbage disposer unit. I was happy at the same time felt so dismayed. I think I screamed in fright that it happened. But it's out. He didn't even do anything. Arrg!
This is the new garbage disposer purchased at COSTCO. I was going to replace the broken unit with this one. Sadly, the unit was too large. The design of the new single bowl sink designers did not put it into account for the position of the original wall drain pipe location nor how the pipes clearance are under the sink for two bowls sink. Sadly, I had to return it. But I got to study the mounting ring around the neck of the unit and how it operates. But did my garbage unit dismount as easy as it says? it was a nightmare
My broken unit. Looks the same and as easy to twist slide to dismount. Naaa. It was a nightmare.
(From this picture, there is plenty of room between garbage disposer and main wall drain pipe. But after I installed the new sink... the truth sunk in.)
The Arrival of Ruvati Single Bowl Kitchen Sink in Triple Pandora Packaging.
After the reality that the counter top tiles need to be shaved off, time to purchase tools. Luckily they were all on sale. Do I know how to use it? I know how to use a drill. ... and thank goodness to the YouTube and Instruction sheets, etc.
Wear a Goggle and Micro Dust Mask - ready to slice down the caulk.
I thought these initial cut is sufficient clearance for the new sink.
Now that all pipes are detached underneath, it's time to remove the sink. I bought a crow bar to help me give a lift. I guess you could just lift it up by holding the holes of the sink. Oh, well. I need one for the home, anyways.... I don't know for what, but....I got one now.
If I were you - call the Professional Plumber.
So, here we go . . . Installing the new sink's flange that came with the new garbage disposer. . . Really?
Looking good, but No Cigar. The garbage disposer - Badger 1 - supposedly is 11-1/4" long or 11-1/2" long is too long. The main wall drain pipe is in the way!!
Modification is to pop the sink drain flange up and try to install the garbage disposer unit. Then let it sit. There should be 1/2 inch clearance between the garbage disposer unit and wall drain pipe, but the new garbage disposer came with manufacturing defect. The rubber disposer splash guard is somehow is crooked, and would not allow the lower mounting ring to run up the upper mounting ring together. Hated to return it. But there is nothing I can do. Changed the drain flange to Ruvati sink manufacturer's original flange.
(Pics to follow.)
A camera shot from under the sink to install faucet unit. Yep, the hole is large enough for the screw nut to through and for my hand to tighten it.
Snap in the end. There is only one way to go in. Follow the faucet installation guide's instruction.
In Pumping motion, pump the handles of pipe cutter to cut. To open the handles, just pull it outward to open.
To be continued.