Create a more open look for your bathroom by installing an affordable, stylish pedestal sink. Pedestal sinks take up much less space than a traditional sink and vanity. It's a good idea to have a helper for this project, since the sinks can be heavy.
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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:
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. Place a bucket underneath the pipes to catch any excess water. Then disconnect the water lines from the valves.
Cut the sealant along the backsplash. Remove the backsplash if it’s a separate piece from the vanity top. If your vanity is secured to the wall with screws, removal will be easier if you take off the vanity top.
Separate the top from the vanity with a putty knife. Lift it off and back out the screws that are securing the vanity to the wall.
With the old vanity out you can make plumbing repairs, such as moving the supply lines and drain. Consider installing new plumbing, since it will be visible.
Some pedestal sinks require a support board behind the finished wall for extra strength. Check the manufacturer's instructions on your sink. Here’s how to install it:
Mark the centerline of the sink on the wall and floor. Then make a mark 10 inches from the wall – accounting for the baseboard. (This distance for this mark may vary with different sinks.)
Center the pedestal on the mark and set the sink tight against the wall.
Check to ensure it's level and adjust the pedestal as needed. Some manufacturers include adhesive gaskets to be placed on the underside of the bowl to help level it.
Mark the sink’s anchor holes on the wall and the pedestal hole on the floor. Move the sink and pedestal aside, and drill the three holes.
Install hanger bolts in the wall, leaving about 1 inch extending from the wall.
Secure the pedestal to the floor with a lag bolt and washer. Don’t overtighten.
Screw on the cap nut and use a socket wrench to install the hanger bolts.
Attach the faucet and drain before setting the sink bowl in place.
Position the bowl over the hanger bolts, level it, and secure it with cap nuts and washers. Again, don’t overtighten.