Installing a Bathroom Vanity and Countertop

The installation of a new bathroom vanity and countertop can transform an outdated bathroom into a contemporary one. Installing a vanity and countertop is simple to do and can be purchased from any home improvement store for less than $500.

Remove the old Vanity and Countertop

First turn off the water supplies under the vanity. Next disconnect the supply lines at the valves. Then disconnect the drain pipe at the trap (the j-shaped section underneath the vanity). Next remove the corner screws that are securing the top of the old vanity to the countertop. The countertop should then be able to be lifted off of the old vanity.

After the countertop has been separated from the vanity, remove the faucet hardware if you plan on reusing the existing faucet. Make sure, however, when purchasing your new vanity countertop that it will support the faucet configuration (one hole or three holes ? and the number of inches between the holes ? center to center).

After the countertop and faucet have been removed from the work area, unscrew the back and/or side screws that hold the vanity to the wall(s). Then remove the vanity from the bathroom.

Installing the new Vanity and Countertop

Slide the new vanity into the location where the previous vanity resided. Note: you will probably need to remove/cut away a portion of the back of the new vanity to allow the supply lines and drainage pipe to slide through. A jig saw works fine for this effort. Just make a couple of pilot holes with a drill and then use the jig saw to cut out the appropriate area.

Once the vanity is in position, you will need to square it up with the back or side walls and make sure it sits level. If there are imperfections in the walls when attempting to square it up (e.g. the walls are not straight), you can either scribe the vanity or use a small piece of trim to hide any imperfections. Scribing involves using a compass and cutting/shaving away a strip of the vanity edge such that the entire length of the cabinet edge sits evenly against the wall.

In order to level the vanity, shims may be necessary to temporarily hold the vanity in place. Make sure the vanity is level back to front and side to side. Then, using screws fasten the vanity to the walls. Make sure the screws are securely fastened to studs behind the sheetrock.

Once the vanity has been secured, it is now time to tackle the new countertop.

It is best to mount the faucet assembly to the countertop before placing the countertop onto the vanity. Once the faucet/supply lines and drain pipe have been installed to the countertop you are ready to place the countertop onto the vanity. However, it is best to lay a bead of Liquid Nails (caulk adhesive) along the top of the vanity first. This will help to ensure that the countertop remains securely fastened to the vanity. In some cases, this may be all that is necessary or desired for securing the countertop to the vanity.

Place the countertop on top of the vanity making sure it sits square. Use screws to secure the vanity to the countertop. Usually there are corner blocks on the vanity to secure the screws to the countertop. Make sure, however, that you use screws that will not penetrate through the top of the vanity.

Finally connect the supply line feeds (dangling down from the faucet) to the copper supply lines. Then connect the drain pipe of the bowl/sink to the J-Trap drainage pipe.

Turn on the hot/cold water supply line valves and you are done.

Me_Donovan@comcast.net
http://www.homeadditionplus.com
http://www.homeaddition.blogspot.co m

Over the past 20+ years Mr. Donovan has been involved with building homes and additions to homes. His projects have included: building a vacation home, building additions and garages on to existing homes, and finishing unfinished homes. Mr. Donovan's formal education and profession have been as an Electrical Engineer and Marketing Manager.

Heat Up the Hot Tub from 20,000 Feet

Homeowners are getting high-tech when it comes to controlling the appliances in their homes, but... Read More

A Beginner?s Guide to Buying House Plans

Learn How to Select a House Plan That Will Result in The Home of Your... Read More

A Beautiful Carpet Sets The Mood Of Any Room

The first discovered carpet dates back to 1480 BC in the form of an Egyptian... Read More

Color Help: Choosing Color Combinations

Choosing a color scheme can be a nerve-wracking business. For instance, I anguished over the... Read More

Single Pane Window Glass Repair in an Aluminum Frame

Let's suppose you still have those old aluminum single pane windows in your house,and one... Read More

Rodent Proofing Your Home

It's that time of year where rats and mice are apt to enter our homes.... Read More

Hand Stripping Furniture

Directions for HAND Stripping.Work with plenty of ventilation, safety goggles or glases, and skin protection.... Read More

Building or Decorating Your Home Requires House Plans

There are some things to consider when creating plans for your home. There are two... Read More

Do You Have a Master Bedroom? You Shouldnt! Tips for Remodeling Your Bedroom

The word "master" is an antiquated term that suggests control, domination, and inequality, and in... Read More

How To Buy Double Glazing In The UK

Double glazing reduces heat loss through your windows. You can save money on your heating... Read More

The Simplicity of Gel Fireplaces

Nothing makes your home more welcoming than the warmth and crackle of a fireplace. There... Read More

Why Are There So Many Different Light Bulbs?

There are many different types of light bulbs. Each has its own uses and requirements.... Read More

If You?re Looking for Bedding, Think ?Pink?

If you have come to a point in your life that you want a serious... Read More

Interior Design For Children

Interior design for children is one of the most fun, delightful aspects of the business... Read More

Laminate Flooring Basics

Laminate flooring resembles the look of hardwoods but offers easier installation and stronger durability. You... Read More

Patios: The New Trend in Home Remodels

In years past a patio was sort of a throw on to a home. It... Read More

A New Era in Bathroom Technology - Bathroom Home Improvements

Spa treatments in your own home? Sounds to good to be true? In everyday life... Read More

All You Need To Know About The Feng Shui Bagua Map

The feng shui bagua map is an octagonal shaped map which allows you to evaluate... Read More

Skip Troweling Method for Textured Ceilings

There are several ceiling texture choices to choose from when finishing a room. You can... Read More

New-age Paint Thickening & Rheological Additives : Solvitex & Solvizen

For Paint Manufacturers worldwide, there has come a radical new development in the legion of... Read More

Add Value to Your House - Interior Remodelling

Interior remodeling can have an amazing impact on the look and value of a house.... Read More

How To Artify Your Home

Would you like to make your house feel more like a home? Is it comfortable... Read More

At Last You Can Customize Your Pegboard As Much As You Want

Customizable metal pegboard is set to revolutionise utensil storage. For forty years the limitations of... Read More

Pool Decks ? Add Ambiance to Your Above Ground Pool

Above ground pools are beloved by many and have gained in popularity over the years.... Read More

Planning Permission Tips UK - Loft Conversions in UK Properties - Do They Add Value?

We get a great many requests to view the potential of Loft conversions. This type... Read More

Do You Know How Important Your Air Conditioner Filter Is?

When most people think about an air conditioner filter, it is in terms of how... Read More

Poster, Print or Painting. Where Are You Going To Put It?

If you are redesigning or decorating a room, or house, care has to be taken... Read More

Ceiling Fan Blades

A ceiling fan consists of three basic parts, namely the motor; blades and the mounting... Read More

Remodeling Your Kitchen

Remodeling a kitchen is one of the best investments a homeowner can make. For most... Read More

Creating Your Joyful Home: Dawning of Your Emotions

"I keep the subject of my inquiry constantly before me, and wait till the first... Read More

Wallpaper Doesnt Just Cover...It Defines The Room

Wallpaper is often overlooked as a key part of an attractive home. The right wallpaper... Read More

How to Finance a New Extension?

Want to improve the look of your property? Want to add value to your property?The... Read More

Home Fire Prevention Effectiveness 1

Are you aware that you can lose all your personal belongings in a single fire?It's... Read More

Choosing Window Frames

There are three main types of material used to manufacture window frames. These are aluminium,... Read More

How To Choose The Right Home Water Filters and Water Purifiers For Your Needs

When it comes to home water filters and water purifiers, consumers have many choices. You... Read More

An Interview with Design Psychology Expert Jeanette Fisher

Interview with Jeanette Fisher by Gary Anderson, of www.abciowa.comGA: Jeanette, just what is Design... Read More

Strongly Scented Candles: Use your mouth, nose and eyes to tell

Triple scented, heavily scented, strongly scented - these are all phrases candle manufacturers are using... Read More

Light Up Your Life

A house or any particular room can be carefully planned, well thought out and perfectly... Read More

Buying Replacement Windows

While most buyers of double glazing are looking for replacement windows to help reduce their... Read More

A Guide to Portable Dehumidifiers

The United States Environmental Protection Agency says that the way to control indoor mold growth... Read More

Cheap Interior Design Ideas

Cheap interior design ideas come in many forms these days. From television shows to magazines,... Read More

Easy Ways to Increase Your Houses Value

Before getting your house valuated think about the list below and if you should implement... Read More

Basement Dehumidifiers

Basements are the most common location for dehumidifiers. Because of their low elevation and lack... Read More

Guides To Interior Design

These days, finding advice or guides to interior design is a quick and easy task.... Read More

Why Should You Need Tools for Everyday Living

How often you have used tools for your everyday living? The advantage for having power... Read More

Does Your Home Need Concrete Waterproofing?

Many areas of your home can benefit from concrete waterproofing. If you have a concrete... Read More

Keeping Your Home Spa Clean

Purchasing a home spa is a great expense; which can be easily wasted if you... Read More

Small Cabin Plans - Finding a Great Log Cabin Plan Online

Small cabin plans - how do you find that special log cabin plan that is... Read More

5 Questions To Ask Before Starting Any Home Improvement Project

1. What experience does your contractor have with this type of project?How much experience does... Read More

Natural Gas vs Charcoal Grills ? Which One Is Right For You?

Barbequing outdoors is a pleasure that anyone can partake in and with so many types... Read More