Sitting on top of a vanity, counter, or any custom-made cabinet, a vessel sink can bring an exceptional polished look to a bathroom.
Also, a vessel sink also allows you to convert a dresser or other furniture into a sink vanity, therefore creating a truly exceptional look.
Vessel Sinks: Fundamental Considerations
Installation of vessel sinks requires holes to be drilled into the countertop for the sink faucet or drain.
And, you can obtain a new vanity top that has holes pre-cut, or you can cut the holes yourself.
Before commencing, confirm that your drain fitting fits correctly with your vessel sink drain.
This fitting, in most installations, serve as both drain opening and anchoring mechanism holding the sink firmly on the countertop.
Position the Sink
Place the sink correctly on the countertop.
A gasket or mounting ring may be come with the sink for use between the countertop and the sink.
If this is present, place the mounting ring on the drain opening and put the vessel on the ring.
Alternatively, a bead of silicone may be required in order to seal the vessel sink on the countertop.
Insert the Tailpiece and Drain Flange
Smear a bead of plumber's putty on the drain flange's bottom surface on the drain fitting.
Or, if there's a rubber gasket with the drain, position this against the drain flange's bottom surface.
Insert the drain fitting's tailpiece end into the drain opening of the sink and through the countertop cut-out.
If lettering is on the drain flange, position it upright when you look down from the front into the sink.
Vessel Sinks: Secure the Tailpiece
Slip the seal up round the tailpiece of the drain from under the sink and into the cut-out of the countertop as far as possible.
Have the friction ring threaded onto the tailpiece, and then the mounting nut.
Tighten the mounting nut by hand, then use tongue-and-groove pliers to tighten it a little bit more.
It is advisable to have someone hold the vessel sink steady while you connect the drain fitting.
If you can't find someone to help out, use one hand to hold the vessel sink carefully as you connect the drain fitting.
Complete the Drain Assembly
Use a washer and slip nut to attach the P-trap to the tailpiece of the sink drain. Use slip nuts to fix a trap arm in the middle of the P-trap outlet and the drain pipe branch in the floor or wall.
Confirm that all the drain parts fit, and then use hand or tongue-and-groove pliers to tighten the slip nuts a bit further. Pliers are not required with many slip nuts. Ensure not to tighten the nuts too much.
If the P-trap is one and half inch and the drain tailpiece is one and quarter inch, attach the trap using a reducer fitting.