A single-sink bathroom can be the epicenter of marital arguments. Does one partner wake up earlier to beat the other to the sink? The cost of putting in a double bathroom sink should be more than offset by the value of efficiency and added marital bliss. The double bathroom sink is a very common upgrade in homes today. It is the modern decorating version of the bicycle built for two.
Tools and Materials:
- Double Bathroom sink
- Two faucet sets
- Dual shut off valves
- Pipe wrench or channel locks
- Flex line
Step 1 - Finding the Double Bathroom Sink and Matching Accessories
Go online or to a home or bath store to find a double bathroom sink. You could buy a sink to match the old sink, or buy two identical sinks, but using a double bathroom sink would be the easiest way to go. You will need to decide on a color scheme first and then talk about basic design considerations, such as whether to stay strictly with the current scheme of the bathroom, or go with a more modern or classic motif. Do you want to go with classic white porcelain or some type of accent color? Think about practical considerations like where to go with separate hot and cold faucets or with a universal faucet on each sink. Do you want something that will be easier to maintain? Will this double sink be a prelude to additional remodeling in the bathroom?
Another thing to consider is what kind of matching accessories you may want to buy for the sink, such as soap dishes, towel racks, medicine cabinets, vanities, etc. These items can be purchased later on if you are trying to keep to an initial budget.
Step 2 - Find out If You have a Turn Off Valve to the Sink Area
If you don't have a working turn off valve for the sink or bathroom area, then you will have to find the main water supply turnoff in the home and make sure it is working. This is also a good time to check the integrity of the pipes going into the sink area and to make sure the drain is working properly. Check to see if there is any leaking under the sink, and check the floor under you bathroom to make sure there is no signs of leaking.
Step 3 - Set up the Main Drain
You should only need one trap for the water draining from both sinks. Read the manufacturer's directions carefully before setting up the drain and the supply pipes for the double sink.
Step 4 - Hook up the Piping
Flex lines are the safest to install. PVC joints could come apart if they are not properly prepared. Flex lines are the heaviest duty of the different choices in piping.
Step 5 - Hook up the Faucets
Hook up the faucets according to manufacturer's instructions.
Step 6 - Turn the Water Back On
After everything is assembled, you can turn the water supply valves back on to make sure everything is working properly and there is no water leaks.
Step 7 - Celebrate Your new Double Sink
Now that you have a new double sink, you can celebrate. Decide to make it a date night. This will give you a chance to check out the convenience of the new sink when preparing to go out, and when coming home and getting ready for bed. You will discover how much of a focal point the bathroom sink is as you transition from one part of the day to the next. Maybe you can even fill one sink with ice to cool a bottle of Champaign!
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