How to Replace a Pedestal Sink

Sinks are straightforward to replace. Simply remove the old sink and connect the new one. Learn how to assemble and install a pedestal sink.
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©2007 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Photo By: DK - Do It Yourself Home Improvement ©2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Anatomy of a Sink and Pedestal

The pedestal helps support the weight of the sink and sits in front of the water supply and waste pipes to partially hide them.

Assembling

Balance the sink on its back. Push the top of the drain assembly through the drain hole to meet the bottom section.

Install the Drain Assembly

Hold the top of the drain assembly steady while you screw the bottom on. The pop-up stopper system should point to the back of the sink.

Prepare the Faucet

Insert the washer supplied into the bottom of the faucet.

Attach Tubes to Faucet

Screw supply tubes into the faucet tails. You can reuse supply tubes from the old sink.

Attach the Faucet to the Sink

Insert the faucets, with supply tubes attached, through the hole in the top of the sink.

Secure the Faucet

Slip a washer on before you tighten the retaining nut underneath the sink to hold the faucets in position, but do not over-tighten.

Connect the Stopper

Connect the pop-up stopper system. Insert the rod with the lever attached through the faucet. Screw the other rod into the drain assembly. Connect them using the hardware supplied. Screw a trap onto the bottom of the drain assembly.

Positioning the Sink

Position the pedestal in front of the supply and waste pipes.

Place the Sink

Place the sink on the pedestal. Adjust the pedestal so that it provides good support and the sink is nestling securely on top of it.

Check for Level and Mark

Use a level to make the final adjustments, then mark through the sink and pedestal attachment points with a pencil.

Prep the Wall for Attachment

Drill pilot holes at the points you marked. Make sure you are drilling into studs.

Securing the Sink in Place

Reposition the sink. Place rubber washers over the attachment points and then screw the sink into position. Repeat for the pedestal.

Attach the Trap

Screw the trap connector nut onto the waste pipe.

Tighten Supply Tubes

Use slip joint pliers to brace the supply pipes while you tighten the supply tubes onto them with an adjustable wrench.

Position the Stopper

Apply bathroom caulk across the back of the sink and around the bottom of the pedestal. Turn the water back on.

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