A laundry room sink is super convenient to have as you work to complete the essential laundry chores. If you’ve been in need of installing one for yourself, you’re in luck because it is simple enough to install that your grandma can even do it.
- Speed Square
- Cordless drill
- Laser level or bubble level
- Electric miter saw
- Tape measure
- Carpenter’s pencil
- Stud finder
- Utility knife
- Pry bar
- Copper pipe cutter
- PEX pipe cutter
- 5/8-inch auger bit
- Laundry room utility sink
- 2 Pushfit brass tees
- 2 1/2-inch PEX pipes, one for hot and one for cold
- Washer drain line
- Waste Y-fitting
- Metal stud protector plates
- 2 1/2-inch copper stud outs
- 2 Metal or plastic PEX bend supports
- Faucet and included hardware
1. Pick the Spot for the Installation
First things first, pick the spot where you want your sink. The best spot is near the washer and dryer, where the water source is located.
2. Turn Off the Water Supply
Turn off the water supply to the laundry area or to the whole house, depending on what’s easiest for you.
3. Remove the Drywall
Using your stud finder, locate the studs that would connect the supply and drainage lines to your sink. Then, using the utility knife, cut through the drywall tape that secures the sheets of drywall together.
4. Begin the Drilling
Now take your 5/8-inch auger bit and drill two holes into the studs and install the metal stud protector plates into the studs.
5. Tap Into the Water Supply
Using a copper pipe cutter, make some cuts into the hot and cold copper and PEX supply lines and clean the burrs. Install a tee on each of the lines and run the PEX lines through the holes you're drilled in step #5
6. Tap Into the Drain Line Standpipe
Locate the drain line and cut into it with a hacksaw. Then, prime your “Waste Y Fitting” and spread the PVC cement inside the larger ends of the fitting. Attach each end of the fitting to the drain pipe ends to connect them. Hold everything together for about 4-5 seconds, allowing the glue to set.
7. Attach the Copper Stud Outs
Insert your hot and cold supply lines into the copper studs outs to attach them. You may need to use bend supports to ensure that each line is angled at 90 degrees. Each pipe will then need to be secured with fasteners to prevent it from moving.
8. Assemble the Utility Tub
Using the instruction manual that comes with your tub, assemble it together. You may need to turn it upside down to insert the legs. Be sure to have someone on hand to help you with this process as these sinks can be heavy.
9. Add the Sink Faucet and Trap
Install the sink faucet, connecting it to the stud outs. Then, install the drain trap below the sink and secure it to the drain line as well. Then, test the water and check the connections to ensure that they are secure without letting any water leak through.
10. Install the Drywall
Now, reinstall the drywall, ensuring that it has the cutouts for any of the plumbing components that you put in place.
Easy, peasy, right? If that seems like too much for you, never fear. Erica’s Plumbing is always ready to come and help ease the process for you. With our expert plumbers, any laundry room sink installations will be handled at the quality and efficiency you deserve. Call us today at (561) 933-7009.
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