An attractive bathroom certainly adds charm and cachet to any home and while you may not be ready for a total bathroom renovation project, making small changes, such as installing a new bathroom vanity, will immediately give your room a new look that will appreciated by everyone and you won’t even need a plumber.
You will need:
- Electric Drill or Cordless Screwdriver
- Utility Knife
- Adjustable Wrench
- Plumber’s Putty
- Silicone Sealant
- Caulking Gun
- Sink Trap
- Trap Adapter
- Supply Lines
- Shutoff Valves (may be optional)
- A Good Light Source
Just a little word of caution before you get started, remember that you never really know what you will find when you deal with any type of plumbing project, so make sure to allot yourself lots of time for this one.
Step 1: Shut off the water supply to the old vanity. Disconnect the supply lines from the existing valves and detach the old drain trap from the drain pipe. Remove the sink from the vanity top removing all the screws that may be attaching the top to the cabinet and the cabinet to the wall. Use the utility knife to remove the cabinet from the wall by breaking any bead of caulking or paint. Remove first the top and then the cabinet.
Step 3: Clean the floor where the new vanity will sit. Connect the new trap assembly to the existing drain from the wall. Put in the new base cabinet. Mount the faucets and fasten everything to the sink before inserting it into the vanity top. Connect the supply lines to the faucet and drop the sink into the vanity top.
Step 4: Connect the supply lines to the shut off valves. Connect the new supply lines from the faucet to the angle stops. With an adjustable wrench, tighten until the supply lines appear firmly connected – DO NOT OVERTIGHTEN THE NUTS. Check for leaks and tighten ¼ turn if necessary.
Step 5: Set sink into the base by applying a bead of caulking between the sink backsplash and the wall
Step 6: Mount the pop up drain and connect the rest of the assembly. Make sure to test the mechanism thoroughly and finish connecting the G bend to the assembly pipe.
Step 7: Turn shut off valves on and check for apparent leaks and slow leaks.