How to Install a Vessel Sink Part 1

What You'll Need
The Vessel Sink
The Drain Assembly
Supporting Ring for Round Bottom Sink
Vanity (or pedestal)

Vessel sinks have increased in popularity and almost every modern household has a vessel faucet. They aren’t very hard to install and most come as do-it-yourself kits. Always remember that installation may vary a little bit because of the type or design of the vessel sinks, but the same principles of plumbing always apply.

Step 1: Installing the Countertop (or Vanity)

The assembly of the vanity various because of the actual design but in order to install it properly you should first consult the instructions manual. Remember to install the cabinet door only at the end of the process so that it will make plumbing easier due to the tight spaces you have to work in. 

When installing the countertop use standard clear silicone, but you can eliminate the silicone if the vanity has small metal supports at the corners called “risers.” The risers can also be adjusted as needed for proper height installation. When using silicone remember to use it properly because it is very difficult to remove it, so make sure that the countertop is perfectly in place.

Step 2: Hot and Cold Supply Lines

First make sure that you have the cold and hot water pipes installed correctly or if installed at all. Turn off the water supply and remove the end caps using a saw, i.e., cutting them off, and leave the remaining water to drain in a bucket.

Now all you have to do is to clean the copper pipe with some sandpaper to remove any debris and attach the nut and compression ring. Insert the valve and make sure that you attach it properly then apply a round or two of plumbers tape to enclose any possible leaks. Tighten it as much as you can but only with your hands, then tighten it a little further with a grip, but don’t exaggerate otherwise it will snap. Repeat this process for the other water pipe.

Step 3: Faucet Installation

Now you have to install the faucet. It is advisable to install the faucet before the actual vessel sink, in order to have enough space that you can work in. First insert the supply lines into the faucet, this can vary because some counter top as mentioned before, have a single hole for water supply but this isn’t a major difficulty, just adapt to your design.

Now the next thing to do is to attach the faucet mounting screws and brackets, and make sure that none of the brackets are in the way of the water supply pipes. Once you have tightened the screw and the bracket is close to the bottom of your counter top then connect the water supply to the threaded connector (you may have to use some supply line extensions because of the faucets design).  Some vessel sinks faucets use lock nut mount or o-ring mounts. The last thing to do is to double check the mounted faucet, especially the water supply lines.

Finally check whether everything is in place and working a it should be by turning on the water supply. Remember to place a bucket under the sink if the drains aren’t yet installed. You can check whether the faucet is in place or not by gently trying to budge it and if it feels properly fitted than it is perfectly attached.