Basic sink installation guidelines

Vessel sinks are the latest hot item in bathroom design and style. The great thing is that this is a feature that can be a do-it-yourself item! Of course, if you are unfamiliar or uncomfortable with any plumbing project, be sure to consult a professional plumber.

Position the sink open top side down on the counter surface in the placement of your choice. Using a pencil, draw a line around the edge of the sink. Then remove the sink.

Drill a hole and then use a saw to cut along the pencil line with your jigsaw while another person supports it from below. Discard the circular waste piece.

Squeeze beadings of caulk all along the entire bottom edge of the upside-down (self-rimmed) sink. Position it carefully over the opening and press it down firmly until the excess caulk oozes out of the sides, wipe off the excess. To install the additional hardware that comes with the sink follow the delivered instructions from the manufacturer.

Faucets will be installed using plumber’s putty using the holes in the sink. Use an adjustable wrench to tighten the hardware to firmly hold the faucet. Follow any delivered instructions from the faucet manufacturer.

Pack the basket trainer with plumbers putty and firmly push into place. Tighten the lock nut down where the strainer is threaded and clean off any excess putty.

Next, connect the tail piece to the basket trainer by using a slip nut over the washer to install the p-trap. Use a washer and a slip nut to connect the p-trap to the tail piece. With a curved drain extension pile, attach the p-trap to the wall stub-out.

Next, connect the P-trap to the drain pipe. Install the P-trap next by connecting the tail piece to the basket strainer using a slip nut over a washer. Then connect the P-trap to the tail piece with another washer and slip nut. Attach the P-trap to the wall stub-out with a curved drain extension pipe. Note: when you are connecting P-traps for a vessel sink you may need to buy an extension because the vessel sink is higher than a regularly mounted sink.

Test! Run the water to perform a quick test. Check for any leaks around the drain by looking underneath the sink. If you notice any leaks apply plumber’s tape or caulking to close up the area and prevent further leaks.

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