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Create a more open look for your bathroom by installing an affordable, stylish pedestal sink.
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Pedestal sinks come in two pieces -- the stand (pedestal) and the sink itself. The plumbing fits inside the pedestal, which is secured to the floor. The sink is mounted to the wall and also rests on the pedestal stand.
Before you decide to purchase, here are some things to think about:
While you are updating your sink, it's a good time to do a makeover on the walls and floor. The sink mounts to the wall directly or onto a bracket provided by the manufacturer. The alignment of the sink mounting holes may not be a perfect fit with the existing wall studs. Therefore, you will need to reinforce the wall to bear the weight of the sink. Measure up from the floor the height specified by the manufacturer (average heights range from 29-in to 33-in). Determine where the center of the sink will be on the wall.
Locate the wall studs on both sides. Cut out a section of the wall between the studs to fit a support board. Be careful not to cut any pipes or wiring in the wall. Use a 2x6, 2x8, or 2x10, depending on the sink's installation instructions. Attach the support board flush with the studs. Align the sink with the support board. Mark and drill into the new support. Temporarily mount the sink to ensure that it's level. Afterwards, set the sink aside.
If the water supply lines must be moved to accommodate the position of the pedestal, do so at this time. In some cases, you may not be able to conceal all of the supply lines inside of the pedestal. If they must show, think about selecting chrome or brass fittings to match your faucet.
Place the pedestal in position on the floor and mark where it will be mounted. Some pedestals must be bolted into the floor, while others require only caulking. Carefully set the sink on top of the pedestal to confirm proper height and alignment. When everything is marked, set the sink and pedestal aside and drill the floor holes, if needed. The pedestal can now be secured to the floor.
Your choices will be single-hole, 4-in centerset, or 8-in widespread. Hook up the faucet, drain assembly, and drain plug lift rod, to the sink before mounting on the pedestal. Attach the sink to the wall with the bolts provided. Do not over-tighten or you could crack the porcelain.
Now attach the water supply lines and the drain assembly. Turn the water on and check for leaks.