Update the look of your bathroom with a new
vessel sink. Installation is easy – we’ll show you how. First, think about the height of your new
sink and vanity. Vessel sinks can be recessed in the counter or sit on top. Pick a vanity
that supports the sink at a comfortable height – about 36 inches to the top of the bowl
is typical. Also, use a taller faucet with a long spout designed for vessel sinks. To remove your old vanity, turn off the water
supply and turn on the faucet to relieve pressure in the lines.
Loosen the nuts to remove the drain pipes, and disconnect the water lines from the valves.
Cut the sealant along the backsplash and remove it. If your vanity is secured to the wall,
separate the top from the vanity with a putty knife, lift it off and back out the screws.
The vanity should now pull out. With the old vanity out you can make plumbing
repairs. It’s also a good time to paint, install
wall tile or replace the floor. To install the new vanity, mark the height
and width on the wall to see the layout. Then use a stud finder to locate and mark
the wall studs above the outlined area. Use a tape measure to transfer the plumbing
locations from the wall to the back of the vanity. Then cut with a hole saw a little
bit larger than the size of the pipes. If your new vanity has drawers, make sure
the plumbing won’t interfere. Position the vanity, and check that it’s
level. Use shims to adjust. When it’s level, drill holes through the
back into the studs, and secure the vanity to the wall with screws. If you can’t line
up the holes with studs use wall anchors for your wall type. Attach the faucet on the vanity top before
installing the top on the vanity. Leave the faucet loose to make adjustments after the
sink is installed. Add silicone caulk or adhesive to the top
of the vanity and position the vanity top in place. Attach the backsplash; then caulk
the joint. Apply a bead of clear silicone caulk to the
bottom of the vessel, and position it over the hole on the vanity top. (The overflow
hole should be toward the front). Then assemble the drain, aligning the overflow hole with
the sink. Don’t over tighten. After the caulk has dried install the rest
of the plumbing. You might have to cut the tailpiece with a hacksaw to make it fit. When
the plumbing is installed adjust the faucet as needed. Turn on the water and check for leaks. Finally
add the hardware. Consider matching the style your vessel sink
with a new mirror and lighting fixture to complete the look. Want more great ideas and how tos? Go to Lowes.com/HowTo
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