how do I save the sink -- siliconed to laminate

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  1. abbazabba1944

    abbazabba1944 New Member

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    Howdy, we had laminate counters installed (bad decision) wife now wants it gone and I agree it looked like something the dog threw up. Fake granite.
    OK we had a double sink (deep and kinda heavy) of silgranite like material. Brand escapes me.
    Plumber siliconed the rim to the top of the countertop. Now we are going to change countertops. I kinda assume thet the sink will be cut outof the laminate and removed that way. question is:
    can the silicone/ countertop remnant be removed and sink reused? Is it a common thing that happens and there is a remedy for? I am looking at new sinks just in case. I am thinking maybe to install the sink undermount this time under the solid surface .( It is a optional mount sink) Can a plumber install with oversize clips underneath ?? maybe?
    thanks. retiredtoolate
     
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    You should be able to get it off the counter. A sharp knife or a steel wire tied around dowels for handles may slice through without damage. Whether it would work as an undermount would depend on the shape of the rim.
     
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    Many drop in sinks will not be suitable as a drop in....the top is not level all the way around, and the loss of clearance behind the faucet holes will be a problem.
     
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    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    I use a sharp knife. I heat the blade with my torch, and use the knife to "melt" through the caulking.
     
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  8. abbazabba1944

    abbazabba1944 New Member

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    Thanks to all for input. It finally dawned on me that the deep sink would be even deeper
    if undermounted--(too deep) so I will try to salvage to use as drop-in re-installation.
    These good ideas/methods born from experience are much appreciated.
    retiredtoolate
     
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