How to Fit a Basin and Pedestal
Basins are available in an array of sizes, shapes and styles to enhance any bathroom. Basins with full pedestals are a very popular choice as they conceal unsightly pipework from view and are easy to install. In this guide we’ll take you through the necessary steps in order to fit a basin and pedestal.
Tools you’ll need to fit a basin and pedestal:
1. Fit the taps and flexible hoses
Make sure to switch the water off before starting any work. Attach the flexible tap hoses to the tap tails and fit the taps to the basin.
2. Fit the waste
Now you can fit the waste into position.
3. Position the pedestal
Position the pedestal where you would like it to go and place the basin on top. Ensure the basin fits against the wall and sits neatly on top of the pedestal.
4. Mark the position of the pedestal
Mark the position of the pedestal and the screw holes, as well as the position of the basin fixing holes on the wall with a pencil.
5. Drill pilot holes
Move the basin and pedestal away from the wall, and use an electric drill to drill pilot holes in the floor and wall for the screws. Don’t forget to fit rawl plugs.
6. Adjust the water and waste pipes
If needed, now’s the time to make any necessary adjustments to the pipework.
7. Fit the pedestal
Positon the pedestal against the wall and screw in just part of the way.
8. Fit the basin
Position the basin on top of the pedestal and use a spirit level to check it’s level. Screw into the wall using the pilot holes as a guide.
9. Seal around the edges
Seal around the edges of the pedestal where it meets the floor, and along the back of the basin where it meets the wall.
10. Screw in the floor screws
Fully screw in the floor screws.
11. Attach the waste pipe
Connect the waste pipe to the waste trap, and attach the flexible connectors to the waste pipes.
12. Check for leaks
Turn the water back on at the mains and check for any leaks.
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DIY is a great way to save time and money, however to avoid disappointment, invalidating your warranty, and potential injury we recommend hiring a trained professional. This guide on how to fit a basin and pedestal is for your information only and if you do decide to be bold and try it, we cannot be responsible for any outcome.
Hi, I’m Liz, an interiors blogger. My main focus area is the bathroom, where I aim to inspire anyone who’s planning and designing a new bathroom – you’ll find plenty of tips, how-to guides and a wealth of ideas!