Some home improvement shows make installing a new bathroom sink look easy. What they don’t show is the complicated process that occurs both before the old sink is removed and after the new one is put into place. Depending on what they are made out of, sinks can be heavy. If a sink if particularly old, it can be decaying in sections. For these two reasons alone, it may be best to call in a professional plumber in order to ensure that your new sink is installed properly and without incident. However, if you still want to try it yourself, here’s a quick breakdown of the process:
Get The Proper Tools
First, you need to make sure that you have all of the right tools and equipment. Since you’ll have to unhook the hot and cold water lines that run to the faucet, you need to have extra ones on hand in case one of the existing ones breaks. You might also need new bolts for the faucet, in case you need to snip the old ones in order to remove it from the sink. Once you have all of these tools and supplies, the work can begin.
Start by turning off the water to your house. Then disconnect the pipes underneath the sink including the hot and cold water lines. This requires access to the entire space under your bathroom sink, so this area should be cleaned out ahead of time. Next, remove the faucet from the current sink. Carefully place it aside and out of the way before you remove the current sink from its hole in your bathroom vanity. Once it has been remove, slide the new sink into place, and then reconnect the faucet, lines and pipes. Then, you can turn the water on and use your new sink.