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Broken bathroom sink repair advice :-)

Electric shaver slipped out of my hand and broke one edge of my sink I even turned the water on by accident while the plugged in electric shaver was lying in the sink. I was like OMG I need to disconnect the sucker before something blows.....ended up switching the bathroom light off instead. It was comical I must say. Do you know the "sinking" feeling?

Anyway the sink is fine on the whole and it's an edge that does not come in direct contact with water. It's a single 4 inch by 2 inch piece. I am thinking of repairing it as the thought of replacing the complete sink by myself sounds bit daunting. I might end up breaking all the tiles around the sink. Matching the pipe and stuff also would be a headache. Eventually I will replace it but would like to buy few months before I decide the when and how part. I have some questions-

Q1) Can I stick the piece back with Araldite? I will make sure there is no overflow. After I have glued it back there will be a 2-3mm gap between the glued piece and the sink. Is there some white filler type of thing that I can use to fill over the gap and make the joint line less visible? You know something similar to what is used between tiles but brilliant white? Any advice and name so I could ask for it in the shop? Btw it is a ceramic sink.

Is there something similar in Coop DIY shop? What is it called?

Q2) I see that in Coop mid range sinks seem to be in CHF200-CHF300 price bracket. Which is fine but if I got a plumber to replace it will he take the old sink with him? On average how much would a plumber charge to replace my sink?

Tip to all- Don't break your sink! That said I will take a chipped sink instead of a.....


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Re: Broken bathroom sink repair advice :-)

Sorry to hear that. Gosh your shaver must have weighed few kilos to break thru a sink???

I would look for some kind of white silicon paste in small tube, not the large one that works with a caulking-gun. I dont know the exact name but once you mention silicon the shop assistance should be able to dash to the shelves and show you a few products in hardware store COOP...
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Re: Broken bathroom sink repair advice :-)

You should be able to claim this on your personal liability insurance that you will have had to taken out I believe. Ask them. If this is the case then you dont need to repair it at all. Call a professional.

Your landlord may not be too happy with your repair as well, and you will be charged for it...
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Sorry to hear that. Gosh your shaver must have weighed few kilos to break thru a sink???

I would look for some kind of white silicon paste in small tube, not the large one that works with a caulking-gun. I dont know the exact name but once you mention silicon the shop assistance should be able to dash to the shelves and show you a few products in hardware store COOP...
Is you calling me a liar? Actually I had dropped it at the exact same spot few times in the past I also regularly drop solid glass aftershave and aftershave lotion bottles at the same spot. Overtime it must have done the damage. When I first moved in with my girlfriend/wife I broke plenty of glass items accidentally. Dropping, chipping them against the tap etc etc. I can be clumsy sometimes Overtime she trained me good but old habits die hard.

Jacek when you say silicon paste you are not talking about the stuff that is soft and plasticy are you? I want stuff that becomes rock hard. Should I stick with Araldite for the actual glueing part and then use the silicon thing for filling the gap?
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You should be able to claim this on your personal liability insurance that you will have had to taken out I believe. Ask them. If this is the case then you dont need to repair it at all. Call a professional.

Your landlord may not be too happy with your repair as well, and you will be charged for it...
Oh! good point. Did not even think about that I might be insured for that...better phone them.
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Jacek when you say silicon paste you are not talking about the stuff that is soft and plasticy are you? I want stuff that becomes rock hard. Should I stick with Araldite for the actual glueing part and then use the silicon thing for filling the gap?
I would say it depends on how serious and sophisticated you want to be with it. You can get a special repair kit or just simple putty. I think depending how bad it looks like after glueing job I would use some hard material and then paint it. make sure first the glue dries out completley.

I find something that might help.

1. Make sure that the surface is completely dry. You may even want to aim your hair dryer at it on low for a minute or so just to be certain. 2. Get an epoxy adhesive to fill the crack. Make sure that you don't get the fast setting kind, because that won't hold up to water. Follow the package directions for mixing the two parts of the epoxy together. Then use a toothpick or an eye shadow applicator without the sponge on it to fill in the crack, and smooth out the repair. 3. Let the repair stand for about 24 hours. 4. When the epoxy has set, you can paint it with some appliance paint. 5. Now if you just have a chip out of some porcelain it's even easier to fix. Pick up a porcelain/enamel repair kit. This kit is has both a filler and paint that you mix together and paint on like a nail polish.
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Re: Broken bathroom sink repair advice :-)

Hi All,

I have a similar situation with a small crack in my sink. Does anyone have any recommendations on who in the Zurich area to hire for the repair? Thanks!
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