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Do It Yourself or Not: Install a pedestal sink

Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Content Agency on

One of the tricks home builders use in a small bathroom is using a pedestal sink instead of a boxy base cabinet that takes up a larger footprint. The streamline pedestal takes up a fraction of the space and creates an open feeling in the room. Whatever style you have in mind, there’s one to fit your décor, whether it’s country, contemporary or Victorian, and all of them are sold in a wide range of prices and sizes.

Do some homework and note-taking before you begin shopping. Find the rough-in dimensions for the fixture by measuring the distance from the floor to where the drain enters the wall and the distance between the floor and water supply hoses. Also measure the distances, right and left, from each water supply pipe to the drain. Make a sketch noting these measurements and use it to choose a pedestal sink that will fit these requirements. And

since you’ll be exposing the wall behind the cabinet, don’t make the swap unless you want to redecorate the walls at the same time. Actually, do the walls first and install the pedestal sink later.

To remove an old vanity sink and replace it with a good quality porcelain pedestal sink, new faucet and valve a plumber will charge $657, which includes the labor and material. That includes connecting it to the existing water and drain lines that are already in place. It will cost considerably more if new water and drain lines are needed. You can buy a good quality pedestal sink and faucet assembly for $430 and install it yourself, saving 35%, assuming you have some experience with plumbing projects and tools.

To find more DIY and contractor project costs and to post comments and questions, visit www.diyornot.com.


Pro Cost: $657 — DIY Cost: $430
Pro time: 4.3 — DIY Time: 6.0
DIY SavingsL $227 — Percent Saved: 35%


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