If you’ve been thinking about how to save some money on your bathroom remodeling job, you’ve probably already thought of the obvious stuff. You can do all of the painting yourself. You’ll pick out all of the accessories and install the small fixtures. You might want to leave the bathtub and/or toilet installation to the experts, but have you considered installing your own pedestal sink?
Contractors charge a lot of money for installations like these, but with a little bit of know-how, you can most likely tackle this part of the project on your own. Of course, there’s no shame in calling the experts if you need help. If you read this article, and you feel lost or uncomfortable, go ahead and call a professional. You certainly don’t want to have to pay for the job twice.
That said, let’s get down to the step-by-step process of installing a pedestal sink in your bathroom.
1. Remove the Old Sink
First of all, turn off the main water source to your sink. You don’t want to have a geyser of water flood your bathroom when you start the job. Once you’ve turned off the water, get a bucket and a wrench. Place the bucket under the pipes under your sink. Remove the drainpipe, dump any water in it into the sink, and let the water from the hot and cold water lines empty into the bucket.
Now, remove the old sink. You may only need an adjustable pipe wrenc
h for this, but if your sink is held in place against the wall with carpentry glue, you’re going to have to pull it off and then refinish and repaint the wall.
2. Install Your Mounting Brace
Find the studs in the wall behind your sink. If the mounting brace is wide enough to be screwed into two studs, you won’t have to cut into the wall to install a reinforcing piece of 2×8 lumber. If you do have to do this, you’ll want to make sure that you’re comfortable with cutting and patching drywall.
You’ll need to cut a rectangular hole in the drywall between the studs and mount a 2×8 board to fit securely between the studs in the hole you’ve created. After you’ve installed this piece of wood, patch and repaint the wall, and you can fix the mounting brace to this reinforced section of wall.
To make sure that you place the mounting bracket correctly, pre-assemble the sink on top of its pedestal and hold it against the wall. Mark where it sits against the wall, move it carefully away, and then mount the mounting brace to the wall in that spot.
3. Set the Sink in Place
Your sink will come with a trap and pop-up assembly. Assemble these pieces with the sink, and now you’re ready to mount the sink to the wall. Most mounting brackets are designed so that you can slide the sink down onto the bracket. Follow the instructions that came with your sink to make sure that you’ve secured it properly.
Now, slide the sink’s pedestal into place. This will ensure that you haven’t measured something wrong and that the pedestal will fit in place once you’re done with the rest of the installation. After you’ve made sure of this, move the pedestal out of the way again.
4. Attach the Pipes
Now just attach the trap and the supply line, tighten everything down, and turn the water on. Check for leaks, and if there aren’t any, you’re ready to finish the job.
5. Slide the Pedestal into Place
Now that all of the plumbing is in place, you should be able to slide the pedestal into place with no problem. Some pedestal sinks have lag bolts to hold the pedestal in place, while others don’t need this extra security. Read the instructions carefully on your sink, but at this point, you should be done and ready to use your new pedestal sink.
If any part of this process made you feel uncomfortable, or things got too complicated when you took your pedestal sink out of the box and saw the instructions, we can’t stress enough that there’s nothing wrong with calling a professional plumber or contractor.
Some small pedestal sinks are easier to install than some of the larger ones or the pedestal sinks with cabinets. Don’t worry if you need to call for help. You’d rather pay for a professional to do it once than spend time, energy, and more money to have them fix it if you get stuck.
Content Provided By: Julia Ritzenthaler