You’ve chosen your new bathroom basin. The blokes have just delivered it and you’ve signed the form. Here it is ready to go and it just needs fitting. If you can’t wait for your plumber to fit it why not do it yourself. So long as you have reasonable DIY skills there is no reason why you should not be able to fit your basin.
It will also save you a few bob if you fit it yourself and it will only take a couple of hours.
Make sure you have the right tools
For a job like this you will need screwdrivers, an adjustable wrench, a hacksaw, PTFE tape, a tape measure, a spirit level, a drill, an adjustable spanner, a cranked spanner and a stud detector.
Make sure you have your tools in your toolbox where you can reach them easily. You don’t want to be scrabbling about for your spanner while you are doing the job.
As they say, “perfect planning prevents pathetic performance.”
Remove the old sink
Presumably you have bought your new sink to replace your old basin. Perhaps it goes better with your bath and toilet. Maybe the old basin had seen better days and you want a shiny new one. Whatever the reason for your new purchase the old one has got to go.
The first thing to do is obvious before you take out the old basin and that is to turn the water off. If there are isolater valves under the sink you won’t have to shut off the whole system. Otherwise you will have to turn the water off at the main stopcock.
If you are using the same basin taps from your old sink use adjustable wrenches to remove them from the old sink. Don’t remove the earth wire straps from the pipes under the sink.
Install you new sink
Once your old sink has gone line up your new sink against the wall with a spirit level. There is nothing worse than a wonky basin.
Check the connections to your new basin. If you are fitting the old taps you may be able to connect the water supply pipes and waste directly back to the trap and taps. However, if you are fitting new taps fit flexible tap connector pipes and waste pipe parts so that they will connect.
Once all the parts have been fitted to the sink you can connect the overflow to the waste pipe with the parts supplied. You can then screw your new basin to the wall but please check that all the pipes can be easily connected before you place your basin on the wall.
Finish the job off
Finally, all you need to do is to seal the unit with waterproof sealant and tighten the joints on the tap connectors.
Turn the water back on and as you fitted it you should have first go of your new basin if only to check it is working.