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How to Install a Vessel Sink

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					One of the hottest bathroom decor items on the market today is the vessel sink. Vessel
sinks are raised from the surface of the countertop and come in just about every style
imaginable. There are thousands of styles and designs to choose from: glass, natural
stone, copper, marble, travertine, even wood. Whatever you decide on for the theme
of your bathroom, there's a vessel sink to complement it.

The type of vessel sink you choose depends on the kind of vanity you have in your
bathroom: some are designed to accommodate partially raised vessel sinks, while
others are more suited to completely raised sinks. You may also choose to purchase a
vessel sink vanity which includes the sink, countertop, and cabinet. When planning
the installation of your vessel sink, you need to decide where the bathroom the vanity
is going to be placed. It's just a good idea to determine the layout out of the room first.
Be sure to closely read the manufacturer's instruction included with the bathroom
vanity or sink first; you are sure to find helpful point in there to make the vessel sink
installation a bit easier.

Once the vanity is in place and you've read the instructions, give a good once-over to
check for any pre-drilled holes for the faucet. If there are none, decide where you'd
like the faucet to be in relation to the vessel sink. If you're confident enough to start
marking directly on the vanity, go ahead and indicate where you'd like to drill. If not,
draw up a template and use it as a reference for the real thing. Remember the old
saying, measure twice, cut once. You may also choose to mount your vessel faucet to
the wall instead of the counter.

Use a jigsaw or a hole saw to make the cuts into the top of the vanity. A jigsaw is
perfect for this kind of cutting because it gives you the range and flexibility to swivel
as you cut. Pre-drilling the screw holes will make it easier to attach the faucet to the
vanity. Once the cuts have are complete, carefully arrange the vessel sink and the
faucet on the vanity surface to check that everything is lined up correctly. If it's not
exactly right, feel free to tweak and scrape until everything lines up just right.

If your vanity didn't come with the mounting equipment and hardware for the vessel
sink and faucet, you can find what you need at any hardware store. Your vanity might
have specific instructions about how to fit a vessel sink and faucet. If so, be sure to
stick to every word. Take the instructions to the hardware store with you so that you
don't forget anything. Simply put, attach the mounting ring; place the sink; and bolt
the whole thing down. If your vessel sink is a particularly fragile material, such as
glass, you might have to place some cushioning between the vanity surface and the
sink. Silicone or rubber works well.

Now that it looks like a proper bathroom vanity, it's time to get it working like one.
Once the vessel sink and the faucet have been securely fixed onto the vanity, attach
the water supply pipes to the vessel sink drain and the faucet or faucets. Check that all
pipes and lines are firmly attached before testing it. Turn the water on and off. If it
performs like it's supposed to, then you are ready to enjoy your new vanity.

If you are unsure of any portion of the project, be sure to look into hiring a
professional general contractor or a plumber.

				
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