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Bathroom Vanities Part Two

Bathroom Vanities Part Two

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Last time, we made great headway in removing and installing the wall unit of our bathroom vanities. Now let's finish up this project.

The Plumbing:

(Reminder- Even after you've shut off the water, there may still be some water left in the pipes. Get a low bucket that you can place under the pipes to catch the remaining water.)

For best results, draw the layout of your pipes on the backside of the vanity.

Next, use a hole saw to cut holes for your plumbing. Cut the holes generously; in other words, leave extra room for the pipes. This will make for easier installation, and also leaves room for pipe expansion and "breathing room" for the noisier pipes.

When installing the vanity, go slow, and make sure the pipes are lined up with the holes you've prepared for them.

Once all the installation is finished, reconnect the sink to the water and drain pipes. Turn on the water one valve at a time, and check for leaks after each one.

The Sink:

Use either plumber's putty (for heavier sinks) or adhesive agents to attach the drain pipe to the bottom of the sink. Attach and tighten all gaskets, washers, and nuts. Finally, connect the tailpiece to the drain.

Faucets have simple but varying styles of installation depending on supply tubes, faucet type and pipe set up. Follow the directions that come with the faucet and you should be fine (if you are having trouble with the instructions or don't have any, you can write to me, and we'll see if we can figure it out together!)

Next, most countertops come with the sinkhole already cutout. If not, you will have to mark the size, and cut the hole (hole or saber saw works fine) yourself.

Next apply a line of adhesive along the rim of the sink, and carefully slip it into place. Apply some pressure to ensure that the adhesive is sealed tightly and evenly.

Apply a thin layer of caulk all around for extra protection against water damage or weak adhesion.

The Lighting:

Lighting fixtures can also be changed easily. Make sure you choose a model that will fit appropriately with the size and style of your new vanity. Here's more about bathroom lighting for those of you who are interested.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when installing your own vanity:

-Bathroom vanities can be chosen and installed easily. Don't be overwhelmed, just be logical! The Darth Vader vanity with light saber fixings and an automatic trigger saying, "Luke, I am your father" every time you open a door is fun, but c'mon. (For those of you who don't see anything wrong with the above example, read this. I think you might need it!)

-For easy referencing, you can mark the measurements of your vanity right on the wall.

-Remove doors and drawers before installation to prevent damage. It will also make the vanity lighter and easier to move.

-Studs can be found in various ways, whether by simple knock on wood tactics, or by using modern technology's stud locators. Either way, finding those studs is imperative to a successful completion of this project. Driving a screw into the wall on a guess can be damaging and dangerous (as you can easily hit a water pipe or electric line).

-If you have a thin piece of plywood or some other material that you don't mind getting scratched up or dirty, lay it down on the floor so that, when sliding out your old vanity, you won't ruin the floor tiles.

-Take advantage of the lack of impediments and do any plumbing work before installing the new vanity. This will make for an easier project with more room to maneuver. Also now is a good time to do any fix up jobs such as replacing old plumbing parts, laying down some fresh paint, or fixing small damages that have occurred over the years. Clear up water damage, as well.

If you somehow missed part one, go back and read it. It has some good laughs. . .I mean information.

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