How to fit a pedestal basin
Whilst plumbing and installation is best left to a qualified professional, if you’re competent at DIY, you can still save time and money by fitting your new pedestal basin.
There are a number of different basins on the market for you to choose from, with different styles, shapes, and purposes. For example:
- Pedestal basin
- Semi pedestal basin
- Wall hung basin
- Counter top basin
- Semi recessed basin
If you’re not sure which basin you have, check out our basins video.
What is a pedestal basin?
A pedestal basin is the most common type of basin found in homes throughout the UK. The basin is attached to the wall and sat on top of a pedestal, which is where it gets its name. The pedestal offers support and helps to hide unsightly plumbing.
Before you do anything
Always unpack your pedestal basin immediately after delivery. Check for any damage or faults as it’s better to find them now, rather than during installation.
Always turn off your water at the mains before attempting any DIY in the bathroom.
Tools you’ll need:
- Adjustable wrench
- Adjustable pipe wrench
- Sealant gun
- Spirit level
- Standard screwdrivers
- Tape measure
Check you have the following: Usually supplied with pedestal basin:
May need to buy separately:
- Basin waste
Will need to buy separately:
- Silicone sealant
Time to complete:** 3-4 hours
Fitting your pedestal basin
At VictoriaPlum.com, you’ll find our pedestal basins are crafted from high quality vitreous china for a superb flawless finish and durability.
The basin and pedestal will come as two separate parts. Start with the basin and fix the taps to it, ensuring you first attach the flexible tap hoses to the tap tails, Make sure the tap(s) is/are at 90 degrees to the inner rim.
Fit the waste into position. If you’ve opted for a more traditional plug and chain waste, fix the bolt into position.
Put the pedestal into your desired position and place the basin on top of it, making sure that the basin is flat against the wall and sits squarely on top of the pedestal.
Using your pencil, mark the position of the pedestal and screw holes on the floor and the position of the basin fixing holes on the wall.
Move the basin and pedestal away from the wall.
Using your electric drill, drill pilot holes in the floor and wall for the fixing screws, and fit rawl plugs.
Make adjustments to the water and waste pipes where required.
Position the pedestal back against the wall and screw in part of the way (not fully).
Place the basin on top of the pedestal again. Check it’s level with your spirit level and adjust if required. Screw into the wall using your pilot holes.
Stick masking tape to the base of the pedestal and seal around the edges (where it meets the floor) using silicone sealant and your sealant gun.
Handy hint: Before it dries, cut away an excess silicone sealant for a tidy finish.
Screw the floor screws in fully.
Attach the waste pipe to the waste trap and also attach the flexible connectors to the waste pipes.
Make sure there aren’t any leaks by turning the water back on at the mains. If any leakage occurs, check the connectors and tighten as required.
Congratulations! You’ve now fitted your pedestal basin.
Whilst DIY can be a good way to save time and money, you should always hire a qualified professional to plumb and install your products. The instructions above are simply a guide to fitting your new shower enclosure and shouldn’t be used to attempt full plumbing and installation.
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