How to install a bathroom vanity

How to install a bathroom vanity

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* Clean and dry surfaces of oil, dirt and grease with turps and then Methylated Spirits. Allow to dry completely before applying silicone.

* Using silicone to fix the vanity top onto the cabinet allows wiggle room. Once its completely dry, it won’t move.

* When first applying product, extrude a small amount onto a piece of scrap material to ensure a smooth continuous flow of silicone sealant

* Use a spatula dipped in detergent and water to tool off the sealant

You’ll need:

1. Ensure that a qualified/licenced plumber has disconnected the plumbing.
2. Remove the old vanity from the wall and dislodge any remaining sealant with the scraper. Use Selleys Silicone Remover if you like.
3. Use the stud finder to locate and clearly mark your timber wall studs. These will be used to affix and stabilise your vanity unit later on. Carefully mark and cut your pipe holes into the back of the vanity using a hole saw. These are for the water outlets.
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4. Move the vanity unit into position, using the spirit level to ensure it’s flush.
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5. Drill into the timber wall studs and attach cabinet screws. These will need to be at both the top and bottom of the vanity unit to ensure it’s secure.
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6. Assemble your tap ware according to the manufacturer’s instructions before affixing it to your vanity unit. Your plumbing can assist with this part.
7. Cut the cartridge tip of your Selleys Wet Area silicone and attach the nozzle. Cut the at a 45 degree angle then place cartridge into the caulking gun.
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8. Steadily apply a thin bead of silicone all the way around the top edge of the cabinet. Place your sink base on top of the cabinet, slide it against the wall and press it firmly into place so the silicone sets in the right position. Allow it to set for a few hours.
Using silicone to fix the vanity top onto the cabinet allows wiggle room. Once its completely dry, it won’t move. Once set, have a licensed plumber connect the water pipes and tapware.
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9. To protect the cabinet from any water damage you’ll need to seal the gap between the sink base and the wall.
Use a clean cloth to wipe down any excess dust from the area ensuring that its completely dry. Then apply a thick, even bead of Selleys Wet Area silicone to the gap.
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10. Run a spatula (round corner) across the seam to clean up the edge and push the silicone deep into the gap, then clean up the area with a damp cloth dipped in soapy water (detergent).
Allow 72 hours to fully set.

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