Friday, August 23, 2013

Install Porcelain Pedestal Sinks

A porcelain pedestal sink can fit easily into a small bathroom.

Pedestal sinks have the basin set on a column or pedestal. The basin is connected to the wall like a wall mount sink but is also supported by the pedestal. Pedestal sinks are great for small bathrooms because they do not have a large cabinet connected to them like a more common countertop sink. Pedestal sinks add an air of elegance and an almost sculptural look to any bathroom. Does this Spark an idea?


1. Set the pedestal and basin in place. Install the plumbing and fixtures. Prop a 2-by-4-inch piece of lumber against the basin to support it. Draw an outline of the pedestal's base on the floor with a pencil. Find the location of the lag screw holes and mark those positions on the floor too. Disassemble the basin and pedestal and set them to the side. Drill holes into the floor where the lag screws will be.

2. Set the pedestal and basin back in place with the 2-by-4-inch board brace. Tighten the lag bolts so they are secure but do not over-tighten--this could crack the pedestal's base. Squeeze a bead of silicone caulk around the pedestal base. Install the faucet and connect the water lines. Make sure to drain them before attaching the basin to the wall.

3. Drill a hole through to the blocking. Insert and tighten the lag screws until they are snug; again, avoid over-tightening, which could crack the basin. Place silicone caulk on the back of the basin. Take the lumber brace away and check the system for leaks.

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