How to Replace Your Counter Top Bathroom Sink Without Breaking the Bank (Part 2)
Installing your bathroom sink is not too difficult once you have gone through the process of removing the old one. It is just a matter of going through the process backwards and making sure you don’t leave anything out.
The first place to start is to install the faucet you can either use the one from the old sink or replace it with a new one. I recommend using a new one, using the old faucet kind of defeats the purpose of replacing your sink in the first place.
Install the drain by first applying some plumbers putty around the flange inside the sink and insert it into the sink hole. Making sure to use any washers provided tighten the nut until the putty squeezes out from around the drain flange. Any excess can then be wiped away leaving a perfect seal.
Now turn the sink upside down on a surface that will keep it from scratching like a towel and run a bead of silicone around the outside bottom edge then carefully turn it over and position into place. Make sure you press it down good so the silicone squeezes out from around it. You can then clean up any excess.
If your sink comes with clips now is a good time to install them.
Make sure the drain is good and tight it would be a shame if you get it all installed and it leaks. Your next step is to connect the supply lines to the faucet you can use either the old ones or replace them with new ones. If you purchased new ones when you picked up the sink I recommend you use them.
Now you can install the stopper according to the manufacturer’s instructions that come with it. I recommend using a new one as opposed to reusing the old one.
If your old sink required a tail piece then I would assume your new sink will also require it so install that and the trap at this point making sure that everything is tight and secure.
OK so your sink is installed everything is hooked up it’s time to check for leaks. Turn on your water supply and see how well you did. If you notice any leaks shut the water off and check your connections. Slowly tighten them until the leak stops.
Next you want to make sure that your drain is leak proof also. Turn your faucet on and see if you can spot a leak sometimes you need to run the water for a while to notice them. If all is well you are done if not slowly tighten the slip nuts until the leak stops.
It’s now time to reward yourself for a job well done.