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What is a Self-Rimming Sink?

Self-rimming sinks are the easiest to install.
Most drop-in sinks are self-rimming.
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  • Written By: Sarah Sullins
  • Edited By: Michelle Arevalo
  • Last Modified Date: 19 August 2014
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A self-rimming sink is a sink that has a rim that comes above the countertop. These types of rounded-corner sinks can be placed in bathroom, workshop, and kitchen counters, as well as virtually any other place a sink is needed. Most models come with templates and instructions to help a homeowner install them quickly and efficiently.

The rim of the self-rimming sink is what allows for a tight seal on the counter. It prevents leaks from occurring around the edges of the unit. Since this is on the sink itself, clips, putty, and screws are many times not needed during the installation process.

Many people consider a self-rimming sink to be the easiest kind to install. If the countertop needs to be cut out, a template is usually provided with the exact measurements of the space that the new sink will need. Once the faucet is placed in the sink, a person simply has to drop it in place. The plumbing can then be hooked up underneath the sink.

Weight must then be placed on the sink to allow the rim to seal. If putty is used under the lip to further protect against water, the weight placed on it will also ensure a tighter seal. Caulk may also be placed around the outside of the rim to ensure that no water or moisture is able to get through. If clips, bolts or screws are used, they will add extra security, keeping the sink in place.

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Leaking sinks are an issue that most all homeowners seek to avoid. Most self-rimming sinks are simply made with a mold, which means that there are usually not too many seams that can break down and cause problems. Fewer leaks allow homeowners to save time, money, and worry in the long run.

If problems do occur with the sink, or a person has decided to remodel and get a different sink, these types are very simple to remove. All a homeowner must do is unhook the plumbing, clips, and bolts, and lift the sink off the countertop. If putty was used, a utility knife may be utilized to break the seal and scrape off the putty.

A self-rimming sink is usually a very inexpensive model for a homeowner to purchase. Competition between manufacturers usually allows for low prices, as well as the easy way in which these sinks are made. They also come in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs, which generally allows a person the luxury of finding the right self-rimming sink to match his home.

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