How to Remove A Kitchen Sink That Is Glued Down? – 10 Step Guide for 2023

To remove a kitchen glued-down kitchen faucet, first, remove the garbage disposal and the dishwasher. Next, disconnect all the water pipelines and water pipes. After that, disconnect the faucet, and release any sink clip. Finally, it’s time to melt the liquid nails and lift the sink.

You might find it quite easy, but actually, it isn’t. So, to completely understand the whole process, you can check this content.

Top 10 Steps to Remove A Kitchen Sink That Is Glued Down

Remove A Kitchen Sink Glued Down
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Did you just move out, and in your new home, there is already an old kitchen sink attached? We know this frustration and that’s why we’re here today to learn about removing a kitchen sink that’s glued down!

Don’t get tense thinking it’s a troublesome task. If you follow some specific steps with the proper method, then within a few hours, your sink will be removed, and you can attach your new kitchen sink. Let’s see the following steps to remove the kitchen sink, which is glued down!

What You Will Need

Before removing the sink you’ll need a couple of tools in hand. So, here are the tools you’ll need to make the process quicker and easier-

  • Screwdriver
  • Adjustable Wrenches
  • Hammer
  • A putty Knife
  • A Good Quality Hair Dryer
  • Small Bucket
  • Pipe Wrench
  • Rags
  • Gloves
  • Old Towel

Work Process

Now, I’ll break down the steps in easier methods so you can follow them in your practical work-

Step 1: Clean The Kitchen Space

Clean The Kitchen Space

You will have to start by cleaning up the surroundings of your kitchen sink. First, turn off the faucet and remove anything besides the sink. If you have a dishwasher or garbage disposal, remove it and set it aside. Unplug any electric or gas supply. It’ll make your kitchen a safe place to work with. Also, remove any heavy kitchen appliances like the oven and a rice cooker that can obstacle your task.

Step 2: Remove The Dishwasher & Garbage Disposal

Remove The Dishwasher

Now, place the small bucket under your sink. Then, unplug the dishwasher and move it far away. Now, time to disconnect the garbage disposal. To disconnect the garbage disposal, you can check your manual to avoid any damage. Use a wrench to disconnect the garbage disposal from your sink. It’ll prevent any damage to the parts and fixtures.

Step 3: Disconnect The Drain & Water Pipe Line

Disconnect The Drain & Water Pipe Line

With your wrench tighten the supply lines until you can see no water flow. Once the water flow is stopped, then run down the sink to drain out the excess water into the bucket placed below.

Step 4: Detach The Water Pipe

Now, if you haven’t removed the p-trap and other plumbing pipes from the area, then gently unscrew them. Let the sticky garbage trapped in the p-trap fall into the bucket. Remove any pipes that come in the way of your work.

Step 5: Disconnect The Faucet

This one is an optional step you can follow or not. If your countertop is granite and your sink is under-mounted with epoxy, then you’ll need to disconnect the faucet. It’s not a tricky step. All you have to do is switch off the main valves of the faucet and then turn on the faucet to relieve the extra pressure.

Step 6: Release Any Sink Clips

Now, we’ll work on the main thing-sink! Start by finding out the main clip that’s holding the sink. Then, using your screwdriver, loosen the clips and unscrew them. In this step, when you unscrew, you may feel that your sink “dipped.” It’s normal, so don’t worry.

Step 7: Melt The Liquid Nails

Now, use your utility knife and place it in between the sink and the granite countertop. Use it as a lever and create some space in between the small gap. Now, to remove the liquid nails, first plug in your hair dryer and set it to the hottest temperature.

Now, point the hairdryer in the areas where the liquid nails are holding the sink in place. Gradually, the adhesive or liquid nails will be softened and with your putty knife then, scrape the glue. Once the glue begins to melt, start scraping then and wiping the surface.

Step 8: Use Chemical Dissolver (Optional)

If you’re having a hard time removing the liquid nails with heat, then you can use a chemical dissolver like Goof-Off or ProSolve NE. All you have to do is pour the dissolved solution into the liquid nail area and wait for a while. Then, begin to scrape the glue with your putty knife. If you have an epoxy-glued sink, then use an epoxy remover and wait for a while. Then, scrape the epoxy with your knife.

Step 9: Lift The Sink

All of your tasks are done and if you’ve performed every step properly, then your sink isn’t attached to your counter anymore. You can push the sink out of it and remove it. However, the fact is a sink is quite heavy to lift alone. So, call for a helping hand and carry the sink out of your kitchen.

Step 10: Clean Up The Area

After you carry out the sink outside, later look at the kitchen and see how messy and dirty it looks! It’s not the sink residue but the tools scattered around melted scrapped glue, dust, and molds. So, before you set up a new sink in your kitchen, I recommend you clean up your kitchen.

How Long Does It Take to Remove The Kitchen Sink?

How Long Does It Take to Remove The Kitchen Sink?

Well, it depends on your kitchen sink. If you have a glued-down sink, then it’ll take 30 minutes or 1 hour to complete the whole mission. However, if you have a stubborn or big kitchen, then it may take 2 or more hours.

Final Words

That’s all for today about how to remove a kitchen sink that is glued down. Try removing your glued kitchen sink according to the steps given in this article. Always make sure to prepare your kitchen safely and remove all kitchen appliances. Keep all the necessary tools around your hands so that they can be handy. Don’t let your kitchen get crowded when you work. Therefore, best of luck!

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