Upgrading to a Trendy New Hand Basin
So you want to remove your old out-dated bathroom sink? Of all the home plumbing jobs, sink removal, replacement and overhaul are just some of the easiest tasks that a homemaker can deal with when renovating their bathing space.
You can easily replace a countertop basin by following this credited diy guide to removing your sink with simple how-to plumbing procedures. If you want to know how difficult it is to remove a hand bowl, you have to believe that it is, in fact, moderately easy for the everyday handy person with the right tools and the right “can do” attitude.
There are times that you want to give your grooming space a new look and you want to replace the wash basin to match your newly installed bathtub. If you have tried doing plumbing on your own, this job will be a cinch for you. But if you haven’t tried it yet and you want to save on the money that you would pay for a professional plumber, this article is intended to provide you with enough information so you can save your hard earned cash.
Do-it-yourself Home Improvement Tools
Although a lot of homeowners are intimidated by the thought of replacing their bathroom sinks and basins, there are just times that it can no longer be avoided especially if your wash bowl is cracked or leaking.
So lets start off on the right foot and get you the following tools and materials to get the job done properly:
• Adjustable wrench
• Utility knife
• Pry bar
• Pipe wrench
• Tape measure
• Teflon tape
• Plumber’s putty or silicone caulk
• Supply lines
• Tail piece
• Sink trap
• Replacement faucet (optional)
• Replacement sink
In removing a wall-mounted sink, you are going to need someone to assist you because the sink can be fairly heavy and you might not be able to handle it on your own. The basin will no longer have anything to support its weight once the bolts, brackets and plumbing are already removed from your bathroom wall.
Disconnecting the Water Supply
Before removing the faucet and uninstalling your old sink, make sure that the water supply is shut off then test the faucet for confirmation. Then place a container under the p-trap to catch any excess water that is still in the pipes. All the nuts surrounding the trap should be loosened and removed.
Remove the line that connects the water supply to the faucet. When you have already detached all plumbing, it would help if you cover the main drain with a piece of rag to block off any gases.
When removing a bath basin, you can also verify if a bracket is used to mount the fixture. If so, you will find it easier to remove the sink when the plumbing has already been disengaged. Just check if there are bolts used to attach the basin to the wall then let your assistant hold the sink as you remove all the bolts.
In the case of a countertop sink, you would basically follow the same process with the valves and the water supply. The only difference lies in how you remove the bath sink. Just simply check for any clips under the sink and release them completely. If they won’t loosen easily, your option is to break these clips off.
Separating the Plumbing Fixture From the Wall
Most removals require the seal between the rim of the washbasin and the counter to be cut using a utility knife. Sometimes, the countertop and the sink are adjoined so the seal along the vanity should be cut with the aid of a pry bar. The sink fixture would then be released from the counter by raising the entire thing upward.
Now that you have successfully removed your bathroom sink, the next thing you have to accomplish is to install a new bath sink. Before you put in a new lavatory basin in place, make sure that you are working on a clean surface.
Take out all the gunk and old adhesive that you can find on the countertop. You can clean it thoroughly using a solution of water and mild soap. This step might also require a scouring pad or a flat chisel.
Use caulking or adhesive on both the countertop and the sink for a stronger hold. Position the new wash bowl and press firmly then wipe away and smooth out any excess caulk using a wet finger. After installing the hand basin, reconnect the drain pipes and the lines connecting to the water supply. Check for leaks by turning on the water supply then have all the fittings tightened if required.