Pedestal Sink drain access

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Old 12-02-01, 05:12 PM
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Pedestal Sink drain access



I have to replace the drain/trap in a pedestal style sink. Of course, the piping runs inside the pedestal, allowing no wrench access. Is there an easy trick to pulling the pedestal out from under the sink (which is bolted into the wall) to gain access? I wouldn't think it would be so complicated as to disconnect all the pipes and take the sink off the wall, and since the immoble sink sits on a lip overtop the pedestal there doesn't seem to be enough play to get it out without damaging something. Appreciate any suggestions.
 
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Old 12-03-01, 12:17 AM
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[SIZE=3]Why do you need to remove the trap?[/SIZE]
 
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The elbow has developed a significant leak within the last few days.
 
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[SIZE=3]If you can not unscrew the nuts then it may take two people, one to lift up on the top half of the sink and hold it, the other to pull the pedistal out from under it, then replace the trap once you pull it, install the new trap and set the pedistal back under the sink afterwards. Check for leaks.

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Pedestal sinks seem to come in 2 "flavors". The first kind bolts thru the porcelain into the wall (and hopefully, the studs). The second kind has a bracket which bolts to the wall and a lip on the back of the sink slides over it. This one then also has 2 additional bolts into the wall at the lower corners, but the main weight is taken by the bracket. Once the lower bolts are loosened or removed, the sink should move up.

The pedestal actually has very little weight on it, but there is a lip on the sink and the pedestal may not be able to be pulled out unless as Mike says, you lift it a bit.

The sink might be held on by toggle bolts, and if so, you might lose the nut in the wall when you loosen it.

If you have the bracket kind, loosen or remove the 2 additional bolts in the lower corners, and try raising it enough to clear the pedestal.

Before doing any of the above, check inside the base of the pedestal. There is a hole in the center of the base to lag it to the floor. Remove this first. You'll probably need a socket/ratchet. The pedestal may also be caulked at the base and you'll have to remove that too.

Then loosen the sink bolts but don't remove them. This may allow one person to "flex" the sink up enough and the second one to slide the pedestal out . It may come out easier base first, or it may have to be slid out exactly plumb.
 
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Thanks folks. I'll give it a shot. I was afraid loosening the wall bolts a bit and pulling up might create a water line leak.
 
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