Place a bucket beneath the shutoff valves. Now, between the shutoff valves and the faucet water supply lines you'll find the water supply tubes. Unfasten the compression nut with an adjustable wrench. Once it's lose the supply tube will slip right off the valve.
Shift the bucket slightly so that it is under the P-trap drain assembly because there will likely be some excess water lingering within the drain pipe. This is the main curved pipe leading to the wall. You'll notice three parts to the assembly: the tailpiece connected to the drain pipe directly under the sink, the U-shaped bend, and another straight piece leading to the wall.
Loosen the two outermost nuts on the U-shaped part in order to remove the P-trap from the wall and sink. Be careful with the plastic pipe coming out of the wall. Older pipes can easily break if you handle them too aggressively.
Lastly stuff a rag or a drain stopper into the open pipe to ensure gases from within your sewage don't seep out.
It may not be often that you take a look under your sink. Now that you have removed the plumbing to the vanity it might be a good time to ask a local plumber to determine if you should buy a new p trap assembly and water supply lines. There are a variety of flexible supply tubes and tougher PVC pipes available on the market. It's a simple upgrade that's not all that costly and could save you a headache in the future.
When you have your plumbing under control, move in on the mirror. Always wear gloves and protective eyewear and bring along a partner who can assist in the removal process. Some mirror rests loosen over time and older mirrors are known to shatter into large pieces which can cause large lacerations. So be sure to approach the mirror removal with care.
Most of the wall mounted versions have a mounting strip and/or screw mounts along the edges of the mirror. Remove all the screws and pull straight. You'll want to handle the mirror's edges with the same amount of pressure to protect it from breaking. Once the mirror is off you can use a grout scraper to remove any excess adhesive left behind on the dry wall.
Before you can pull the vanity away from the wall take a moment to look at how it is adhered to the wall. At first glance you might notice there is likely a backer of the same material as the countertop along the edges touching the outside wall. Then, open the drawer cavities and cabinets and take a look underneath the countertop. You may notice nailing blocks where the cabinet meets the wall studs. If you see this you may need to remove a few screws and use reciprocating saw to cut the cabinet away from the wall after you've removed the vanity countertop.
Using a sharp utility knife cut a horizontal line along the caulking at the edges of the vanity and the wall. Once there is no remaining caulk, you may do the same with the sink or just leave it as it is with the faucet hanging.
Next take a pry bar and wedge it between the space you've recently cut with your utility knife. Gently tap and the vanity top edges should come free from the wall. Now carefully lift the countertop unit and separate it from the vanity cabinet.
Depending on the size of the vanity cabinet you may be able to pull away the entire vanity or you may have to continue using your pry bar for the rest of the vanity removal. In either case, this should be the easiest step of them all.
It costs around $150 to $500 to replace your vanity and renovate. The price is largely dictated by the dimensions unit and the difficulty of installation.
We recommend you use a professional company or a licensed handyman if you have more than two vanities to Replace. They'll have installed hundreds of cabinets from commercial environments to beautiful kitchen sink islands and that experience will leave you worry free when it comes to the problems that can come from DIY jobs.
Detail oriented precision and a focus on quality is what you'll get from working with a professional and that is something worth its weight in gold when you remove a bathroom vanity and bring in a new cabinet.
If you live in the greater Orlando Area and are interested in replacing a few vanity cabinets or would like to inquire about a vanity renovation call Stand-To! Junk Removal and Demolition at 407-439-1486 or visit their website by clicking here.
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