When you want to replace a vanity in your bathroom, you may feel overwhelmed by this home renovation project that requires some plumbing knowledge. These tips will help you install the new vanity and sink just as if you were a professional doing it.
Measure Holes For The Vanity Using Cans
The rear of your vanity will most likely be a solid piece of wood, and you'll be responsible for making the holes in the vanity for the plumbing to fit through. It is common that you'll have some large plumbing fixtures that need to go into the vanity, such as the water shutoff valves for your sink or the pipes going up to the sink itself.
An easy way to measure the holes that you need to make is using cans, cups, or anything circular that can fit over the existing fixture sticking out of your wall. Find a can that is large enough to fit completely over the plumbing fixture so that the fixture goes inside the can. If it can fit through the can, it can fit through the hole you are going to create.
Measure the distance from the floor to the center of the fixture, and do the same on the rear of the vanity where the fixture will go. Use the can to trace a hole where you need to make one. Cut out the traced hole, and you'll have the perfect size gap for the fixture to slide through.
Install The Sink's Faucet Prior To Installing The Sink
Installing a sink faucet is a relatively simple thing to do, but it can become a huge pain when you do it out of order. You'll want to install the faucet before installing the sink onto the vanity. This will give you easy access to both sides of the sink for securing the faucet, which would be hard to do on your own with one-half under the vanity and the other half below it.
Don't Forget Plumber's Putty Around The Strainer
While the sink strainer contains several parts to install it, one part that is often left for you to buy on your own is plumber's putty. This putty will help provide a seal around the strainer that is water tight and will prevent leaks from occurring. Simply put a continuous bead around the strainer before pressing it down into the sink's drain.
When you don't feel confident doing this installation correctly on your own, contact a local plumber to do it for you.