A console sink is a great way to add some character to an old bathroom, or be a focal point to a bathroom renovation. Console sinks are generally wall mounted sinks that have the pipes hidden away under a cover. Many people choose this style of sink when there is not enough room for a large vanity for a sink to be dropped into. Installation of a console sink does require some different techniques from regular sink installation. Here are the steps involved to install your own console sink.
Step 1 - Remove Drywall
Before you can set up the mounting bracket you will need to reinforce the wall with stud blocking. Locate the studs and then remove the drywall where the sink will be installed. You can use a drill for pilot hole and then a drywall saw to remove the small section. Install the 2 by 6 blocking to the studs and then replace the drywall. Use drywall tape to cover the seams and spread out drywall mud.
Step 2 - Mark Section for Mounting Bracket
A console sink can be mounted on the wall in one of two different ways. Some console sinks attach directly to the studs in the wall with the use of 3-inch lag bolts. However, there are also those that attach via a mounting bracket. Mark the studs in the wall around the supply and drain pipes. Hold up the mounting bracket to the right height as specified in the manufacturer's directions. Mark the installation holes for the lag bolts. They should line up with the studs in the wall.
Step 3 - Drill Holes for Bolts
Once the studs have been marked, and the holes marked for the mounting bracket, you can drill the holes. If you are using a direct mount sink, drill the holes that correspond to the sink. However, using a mounting bracket will require the use of four to six holes. Drill straight so you don't elongate the holes.
Step 4 - Install Console Sink
Set the mounting bracket onto the wall and secure with the lag bolts. Make sure it is tight against the wall without any play at all. Set the console sink onto the bracket and secure with the included bolts.
Step 5 - Connect Drain Pipe
Using a stainless steel drain pipe, connect the pipes and tighten the flange nut with the plumber's wrench. Make sure that the p-trap is at least 18 inches off the floor, but lower than where the drain goes into the wall.
Step 6 - Connect Water Supply Lines
Flexible tubing is the best option for a console sink. Place some Teflon tape on the threads of the pipe and connect the flexible line. Tighten the nut with an adjustable wrench. Do the same to the other pipe. Connect the hot water line to the sink and tighten the compression nut. Follow the same procedure with the cold water line.
Step 7 - Install Base Cover
Once the lines are connected, test them out to make sure that there are no leaks. If not, install the base cover of the console sink to hide the pipes and provide a finished look.