When it comes to home improvements, adding or replacing appliances and accessories is one of the most common tasks. Many rooms in the home see frequent use, and washrooms are no exception. Eventually, that means washroom basins need replacement. Choosing a bathroom basin can be the fun part; installing it, however, takes a bit of time and patience. Armed with a basic set of tools and knowledge, most homeowners can learn to fit basins without soliciting expert assistance.
Before undertaking the task of fitting a basin, homeowners must know the requisite regulations to protect against safety and environmental hazards. When undertaking plumbing projects, ensure that isolation valves attach firmly to hot and cold water pipes. This enables homeowners to turn off water supplies for their wash basin or vanity basin without cutting off water supply to main pipes. Homeowners may replace old lead pipes at this point and check for leaks and cracks in existing pipes. If they are uncomfortable performing this step, it is best to simply contact a qualified plumber to do the task. Then, make sure plastic and metal pipes bind properly to bridges. Consult building regulations for fan and ventilation requirements, and talk to local council members or plumbers if unsure of local rules and regulations.
Preparing a Basin for Installation
After the basin arrives, it is time to put it in place. This starts by fitting taps at the sink. Ensure taps are equally positioned (at 90 degree angles) to the inner rim of the basin’s bowl. Then, fix the flexible tap hoses to the tap tails. Next, fit the waste outlet and waste traps. Then attach the bolt of the plug chain if used. Then, position the pedestal and place the sink basin on top. Homeowners may need to adjust both until the basin lies flat against the wall and sits securely over the pedestal. This may require putting thin vinyl tile wedges beneath the pedestal. Next, mark positions of the pedestal and its screw holes on the floor and wall, and note measurements for any adjustments needed.
Making the Installation
After taking measurements, remove the basin and pedestal. Continue the process by drilling pilot holes for fixing floor screws. Plug the wall for basin-fixing screws, and adjust water and waste pipes at this point if necessary. Then, position the basin, using a spirit level to ensure it is level. Then, use masking tape over the pedestal base to prevent leaks, and trim off excess sealant before it dries. Lastly, turn on the water to check for leaks. If leaks exist, check connectors and tighten if necessary.
As with most home improvement jobs, preparing a washbasin requires the use of a healthy set of tools. Depending on the type of basin and scope of preparation, homeowners may use a variety of tools including steel wool, pipe cutter, sealant, pipe cement, and a tape measure.
In addition to these tools, homeowners may need other items. For example, old towels and rags can clean up messes and prevent damage to existing bathroom structures and surfaces.
How to Buy Basins and Installation Tools on eBay
Fortunately, the going gets tough at the fit and installation point, but reliable sellers on eBay make selecting a basin and getting the requisite tools quite easy. You can start the process of selecting a good basin for the washroom by visiting the homepage of eBay. Then, type the phrase "washroom basin" into the search box located on each page. You can also narrow your search results in several ways, such as price, colour, manufacturer, and style for more refined results.