A vessel sink is one that sits on top of the bathroom vanity, instead of being built in to the vanity itself. If you have a vessel sink, there may come a time when you need to install a new faucet. It is relatively easy to do on your own since there is usually only one hole needed for this type of faucet. Here are some tips for installing a vessel sink faucet.
Find the Right Location
The first step to installing a vessel sink faucet is finding the right location. Unless your vanity countertop was specifically made for a vanity sink and therefore already has a hole drilled for the vessel faucet, you will need to do this yourself. The location of the faucet is important because you want the water to go down into the center of the sink, but without splashing the sides of the vessel sink. When you decide where the hole will go, make a mark to use as your guide. Drill a hole in the area you decided, making sure it is large enough for the faucet body to fit through, but also small enough to have trim around it.
Position the Faucet Correctly
Now that your hole is drilled, you can position the faucet on top of the countertop and behind the vessel sink. It can help to have another person assisting you so you get it in the right position the first time. Once you have found the right position for the faucet, use putty to apply to the gasket at the bottom of the faucet's spout. This is the part that sits on the vanity countertop. Now insert the rest of the faucet into the hole you made and align the spout properly.
Tighten the Mounting
While you are holding the faucet where it is going to be installed, reach under the counter or have your assistant reach underneath to put the washer and nut onto the faucet. This is going to secure the mounting and hold the faucet in place. You may need pliers to help tighten the nut. Make sure you are holding onto the faucet firmly as you tighten the nut, since it might slide or rotate a little bit as you do this.
Connect the Water
Now that the vessel sink faucet is in place, you can turn the water back on and connect the water lines. There should be flexible water lines built in that you are able to install without much effort. Turn on the shut-off valves after you do so, so that you can test the faucet and make sure it is working properly.
Talk to a professional, such as Steve Burke Plumbing, LLC, for more information.