How to Install a Pedestal Sink

How to Install a Pedestal Sink
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    A pedestal sink is ideal for a half-bathroom, a true space saver where available room is at a premium.

    Such sinks may feature a basic design or a more ornate look with crisp styling, stainless steel treatments and a wider pedestal.

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Easy home improvement project for a Saturday afternoon.

Brands such as Kohler, St. Thomas, American Standard, Barclay and Crane can give your bathroom a special touch with sinks and faucets costing you less than $100 to well over $500. Installation is not that difficult provided plumbing is already in place.

1. Locate the water and drain lines.

Your pedestal sink; will be placed against the wall in proximity to water and drain lines. Place the pedestal part over the lines and place the sink basin on top of it. Use a level to ensure that the sink is on the level. Mark the pedestal and wall with reference points, and then move the sink and pedestal to the side.

2. Drill pilot holes.

At each reference point, drill holes in the wall and in the floor. Use lag screws or other mounting hardware provided with the pedestal sink. Avoid overtightening as you secure the pedestal in place. The sink should not be on the pedestal at this point.

3. Attach the faucet.

Take the faucet and attach it to the sink basin. You will need to line up the holes behind the sink with the pilot holes, and drive the lag screws into the wall with a wrench.

4. Make your connections.

Connect both supply lines to the threaded posts with your wrench. The hot water connection will be on your left; the cold water connection on the right. Attach the sink basket to the basin. If needed, use plumber’s putty around the sink’s hole. Connect the drain fitting — you should be able to tighten these with your hands.

5. Complete your work.

Use a tube of silicone caulk to close the gap between the wall and the sink’s rear edge. Squirt out a bead along the back edge of the sink and again on the floor around the pedestal base. Place caulking around the faucets, if desired. Wipe up excess caulk and allow to dry.

Water Supply

Once your sink is connected, turn on the water supply to observe for water flow, drainage and leaks. Gently finish tightening as needed. Recycle the pedestal sink box, throw away your trash and fill out and send off your related warranties.

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