When installing a new sink, many homeowners opt for a self-rimming model. These sinks have rounded corners and mount on top of the counter. Self-rimming sinks are the easiest to install and typically only require some putty to install correctly. In most cases, you can install a self-rimming sink in as little as half an hour. Most self-rimming sinks are made using a single-piece molded design. The simplicity of the design means fewer chances for a leak. Self-rimming sinks come in stainless steel and a variety of porcelain colors, so you can find a sink to coordinate with virtually any countertop or backsplash. A self-rimming sink is also a budget-friendly option. The streamlined manufacturing process and popularity generally mean competitive prices.

The first step in installing a self-rimming sink is to ensure that you have the correct size opening. This may entail enlarging the current sink opening in your vanity. Once the opening in your vanity is the right size, you can insert the sink. The next step is to install the locknuts. To do this, you need to get underneath the sink with a flashlight. Install the center locknuts first, then the front and back, and then the sides. Be sure to install the corner locknuts last. Once all of the locknuts are tight, you need to run latex caulking around the edge of the sink. Any excess caulk can be cleaned up using a wet sponge.