Instructions on How to Remove a Bathroom Vanity Cabinet and Countertop
By Mark J. Donovan
||If you are undertaking a bathroom remodeling project chances are you will need to remove the bathroom vanity cabinet and countertop, and replace it with a new one. Bathroom vanities should also be removed, at least temporarily, if you plan on putting in a bathroom ceramic tiled floor. Bathroom vanities also take quite a beating due to frequent use, particularly if kids are using the bathroom on a regular basis. Consequently there are times when it is simply necessary to remove the bathroom vanity and replace it with a new one.
Removing a bathroom vanity is a relatively simple project to tackle that the average do it yourself homeowner can do. A second pair of hands, however, can be helpful when literally picking up and removing the bathroom vanity from the bathroom.
Removing Bathroom Vanity Countertop
To begin with, open up the bathroom cabinet doors and turn off the water supply line valves. Then turn the bathroom faucet(s) to the on position(s) to confirm that the water is indeed off to the bathroom sink.
|Next, disconnect the bathroom sink supply hoses at the valve assembly area. Also disconnect the drain pipe. You will need a small crescent wrench and possibly a pair of channel lock pliers to remove the hoses and drain pipe. Also, have a small bucket and rag handy to catch and wipe up any water that may spill from the drain pipe when you disconnect it.
After disconnecting the bathroom vanity supply and drain lines, look underneath the bathroom vanity countertop to see how it is affixed to the bathroom vanity cabinet.
In most cases it is simply attached with a bead of silicone caulk. In some cases, however, there may be a few clamps or brackets that hold it to the bathroom vanity cabinet.
If the bathroom countertop is simply attached with silicone caulk, use a utility knife to score around the bathroom countertop where it attaches to the bathroom vanity cabinet. If there are clamps securing the bathroom countertop remove them with the appropriate tool, e.g. wrench or screw driver.
If there is a backsplash resting on top of the bathroom countertop, use your utility knife to score around the edges of it, as most backsplashes are attached via silicone caulk.
|After removing the screws, you should now be able to remove the bathroom vanity. Again, a second pair of hands could be useful at this point.
After removing the bathroom vanity, cap off the drain pipe to prevent sewage gases from escaping. Either push a large rag into the drain pipe or use some plastic and tape to cover the drain pipe.
With the bathroom cabinet removed you are now ready to install your new bathroom vanity cabinet and countertop.
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