Vessel Sinks Part 2 of 2

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Vessel sinks are available in countless styles and materials, shapes, and sizes. Their one commonality is that they all need to be installed on a flat surface.

 

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Overview

The vessel sink harkens back to the days of washstands and washbowls. Whether it’s round, square, or oval, shallow or deep, the vessel sink offers great opportunity for creativity and proudly displays its style. Vessel sinks are a perfect choice for a powder room, where they will have high visibility.
Most vessel sinks can be installed on any flat surface—from a granite countertop to a wall-mounted vanity to an antique dresser. Some sinks are designed to contact the mounting surface only at the drain flange. Others are made to be partially embedded in the surface. Take care to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cutting holes for sinks and faucets.
A beautiful vessel sink demands an equally attractive faucet. Select a tall spout mounted on the countertop or vanity top or a wall-mounted spout to accommodate the height of the vessel. To minimize splashing, spouts should directly flow to the center of the vessel, not down the side. Make sure your faucet is compatible with your vessel choice. Look for a centerset or single-handle model if you’ll be custom drilling the countertop—you only need to drill one faucet hole.

From: The Complete Guide to Plumbing, 978-1-58923-378-2

What You'll Need

Tools:

Jigsaw
Trowel
Pliers
Wrench
Caulk gun and caulk
Sponge
Drill
Vanity or countertop
Vessel sink
Pop-up drain
P-trap and drain kit
Faucet
Phillips screwdriver

Materials:

Jigsaw
Trowel
Pliers
Wrench
Caulk gun and caulk
Sponge
Drill
Vanity or countertop
Vessel sink
Pop-up drain
P-trap and drain kit
Faucet
Phillips screwdriver

 

Step 1

How to Install a Vessel Sink

From underneath, push the large rubber gasket onto the threaded portion of the pop-up assembly. Thread the nut onto the pop-up assembly and tighten. Use an adjustable wrench or basin wrench to tighten an additional half turn. Thread the tailpiece onto the pop-up assembly.


Step 2

How to Install a Vessel Sink

Install the drum trap. Loosen the rings on the top and outlet of the drum trap. Slide the drum trap top hole over the tailpiece. Slide the drain arm into the side outlet, with the flat side of the rubber gasket facing away from the trap. Insert the drain arm into the wall outlet. Hand tighten the rings.


 
 

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