How To Install A Bathroom Sink.
Vessel Faucets… what’s the big deal?!
Independently mounted faucet or integral sink mount faucet:
When you are considering how to install a vessel sink it’s a huge deal. It’s not like going to the home store buy a generic faucet with the right spacing on the water service and bingo it’s a no brainer! With vessel sinks you need to know whether your faucet will be mounted on the counter top independent of the sink or on the sink with an integral faucet mount. Or even on the wall…which is outside the scope of this article…that is a whole different ballgame.
Separately mounted faucet:
If you need to install a faucet that has an independent mounting location from the vessel sink you will need to know the height of the sink where you plan to have the faucet. Then you will have to go and shop for a style you like that will have clearance over the sink edge. Typically vessel sinks are 5″-7″ tall. Vessel faucets tend to be listed in two “overall” heights….which is not what you care about…it is the height of the actual spigot where the water comes out. Many online vendors will give the overall dimension…but not the spigot height. In general faucets that are about 11″ tall in overall height have a spigot at around 7″ which is good for most vessel sinks with an independently mounted faucet…no matter what shape.
Vessel mounted faucet:
This type of vessel is very nice for small counter tops because the faucet is mounted on top of the sink, therefore the sink can be pushed closer to the wall. For this type of installation you will want a shorter faucet that you would use on an independently mounted faucet. This is so because the faucet is now standing on top of the sink! Typically faucets that are about 7″ tall have a spout at about 3″. There is one thing that “they” don’t usually tell you either….when you get one of the short vessel faucets…to mount on top of a 5″-7″ tall vessel…rather than on the counter top…the supplied water service hoses will be about…you guessed it…5″-7″ to short! The vendors for these faucets usually supply a 12″ long water service hose and NO you can’t buy a longer one at the home store because they are special at one end being unique to a single hole mounted vessel faucet. Not to worry take the hose to the home store and get a brass nipple connector to fit the wall side of the hose and then get a extension hose that fits the nipple and your water service shut off valve…presto problem solved!
Oh and one more thing…when you are considering how to install a vessel sink, you will need to choose the finish of the hardware, chrome, oil rubbed bronze, brushed nickel. You may need to shop around to get the faucet and drain of your choice to match up. Chrome is the way to go for the bottle trap or standard p-trap however I have seen oil rubbed bronze bottle traps and standard p-trap drain pipes…but get ready for sticker shock!
How To Install A Bathroom Sink. You have looked at the huge selection of bathroom sinks available and chosen one. Now you are ready to fit your bathroom sink. Here are four things to consider for the installation.
1. Do it Yourself?
Are you experienced in installing bathroom fixtures and dealing with plumbing and pipes or would you do better to pay the money to use a professional bathroom fitter. Even if you have not previously installed a bathroom sink you may be able to manage the work yourself if you are generally handy around the home and follow some guidelines, however do not tackle it if it’s your first DIY job. Stick to minor jobs like putting up shelves and changing fuses first!
2. Where to Instal Your Sink
You probably know where you want to place your bathroom sink. The easiest place, if you are instaling a replacement is of course exactly where the old one was – all the plumbing will be there.
If you are planning a new bathroom remember to include plenty of clearance around the sink so that you can comfortably bend over it to wash your face or hair or brush your teeth.
Also think about how high to position your sink. If you are a bit taller than average put a wall-mounted sink slightly higher than usual and if you are installing a pedestal sink you may want to raise it a little by creating a small platform underneath. Just a couple of inches can make a difference when you are bending over a sink. Of course, if others are going to use the sink you may have to compromise but generally a couple of inches does not make much difference to them but a lot of difference to you.
3. Splashing Water
No matter how careful you are when you have a bathroom sink, water will get splashed about. Make sure that surrounding surfaces such as the vanity unit in which you are installing your sink and the flooring are able to cope with that. Also protect the wall behind the sink with wall tiling. It does not have to be wall to ceiling tiling – just a few tiles will avoid damage to the walls if necessary.
4. Consider a Mirror and Lighting
A sink needs a mirror above it if it is to be used for shaving or putting on make up and both these activities need good lighting. Consider a mirror which has lighting incorporated as there are some lovely designs available in styles to match every décor.
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