Going Green: How to Install a Vessel Sink

There are many options and risks that come with installing a vessel sink. The best idea is to be very careful, and to have the right set of tools and materials when taking care of such a huge project. Having a vessel sink installed by a professional can be costly and a waste of money since anyone can install a sink if they can follow these simple instructions, and have the right tools for the job. You do not need a lot of expertise, and you do not need lots of time to get this project done either.

Tools and Materials Needed

· Drill

· P-trap

· S-trap

· Plumber's tape

· Caulking

· Wrench

· Grip


Step 1. Determining the Location of the Sink

When working with small spaces, you need to be very careful and use the space wisely by being organized. You need to take into account that the restroom has a very limited space, and that you must fit in only the essentials as to not crowd the whole place. For this you need to find a place where the sink will not interfere with the rest of the space and that won't crowd the whole room. In order to avoid the water jumping from the sink to the counter, there must be a distance between the two.

Step 2. Preparing the Counter top

There needs to be a hole of approximately 1 and 3 quarters feet in diameter, as this will allow the sink to fit into the base and this will give you enough space to glue the fixture so it won't fall. Remember that there needs to be enough room for the faucet supply lines and the assemble of the drain. 

Step 3. Fitting the Fixture

Before fitting the fixture, or the top of the sink, you need to install the mounting ring. Then you need to put the the black washer on and finally you must put the glass ball on top. To keep these in place, and to keep the ball or fixture from falling, it is highly recommended that you add silicone, or a bead right on the base of the sink.

Step 4. Inserting the Drain

There is an opening on the fixture where the drain goes. That needs to be installed through the counter top in order that there is a perfect fit. The drain needs to be attached following the manufacturer's indications and the nut must be tight in order to prevent any leaking.

Step 5. Connecting the P and S traps

The P and S traps must be connected from under the sink and must also be connected right to the drain pipe which is on the wall. If there are any leaks, make sure to wrap plumber's tape around the connections of the hoses. You can also apply caulking to avoid any leaking. You must use a grip and wrenches in order to correctly install the hoses and the sink. Make sure not to tighten the hoses too tight.