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Installing a Vessel Sink

The process of installing a vessel sink may seem daunting at first, but if you break it down into steps, it makes perfect sense.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty

    Moderate

Highlights:

Step 1: Mark a Placement for the Faucet

Bring in the vanity table and secure it in place on the floor and wall. Decide on a place for the vessel sinks and faucets.

Using a template (Image 1), mark the vanity table for drain and screw holes.

Make a mark for the placement of the faucet and the faucet handles (Image 2).

Expert tip: Keep in mind that although the faucet handles can be placed in any position on the vanity table, the height of the faucet is important.

Step 2: Make the Cuts for the Openings

Make cuts for all openings using a jigsaw (Image 1) and a hole saw (Image 2).

Pre-drill for the screw holes (Image 3).

Step 3: Apply the Caulk

Check the openings for a correct fit (Image 1) and apply caulk (Image 2) to the hole openings if the fit is correct.

Step 4: Attach the Mounting Ring

Attach the mounting ring (Image 1). Then, position the vessel sink in place.

Tip: Be sure to hand tighten the wing nuts (Image 2).

Clean the sink with warm water (Image 3) and remove any excess caulk.

Step 5: Put the Sink in Place

Expert tip: As with any project, remember to review the manufacturer's instructions when installing any sink. The instructions seen here are for this specific vessel sink and these specific gooseneck faucet and handles used in this project.

Make sure the water is off. Insert the sink faucets through the correct predrilled openings. Next, insert the drain through the vessel sink. Add to drain flange the tapered gasket (Image 1) and add the flat washer. Add the lock nut. Add the tube (Image 2).

Step 6: Make the Final Connections

Connect both flexible tubes to the faucet tail pieces. Connect the same tubes with coupling nuts to their correct shut off valves. It's a good idea to replace the tubes and valves when replacing a sink or hardware. Connect the sink drain to the extension tube (Image 1), then to the p-trap (Image 2). Connect the p-trap to the branch drain stub-out (Image 3).

Expert tip: Use slip fittings when installing the p-trap. It will allow for easy access to the drain later

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