By Gene and Katie Hamilton
Before You Begin
Remove the existing vanity and clean the wall and floor. If you're replacing the floor, do it before installing the new vanity.
Step 1 : Remove the old unit
Turn off the water at the valves under the sink and use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the nuts that secure the hot and cold supply tubes to the shutoff valves.
Then use slip-joint pliers to loosen the slip nut that holds the drain tailpiece to the p-trap. Loosen the nut that holds the drain arm to the stub-out at the wall.
Use a putty knife to break any caulk seals between the counter top and base unit. Remove any screws that may hold the countertop to the base from the underside of the counter. Remove the base unit from the wall by loosening the screws holding it to the wall. Then remove it from the room so it's not in the way.
Step 2 : Prepare the new unit and wall
If the new vanity has drawers, remove them and unscrew the door hinges and remove the doors for easier access. Measure the height of the cabinet and then use a level to draw a horizontal line on the wall at this height. Use the level to draw a vertical layout line where the edge of the cabinet will be located.
Step 3 : Level the vanity
Carefully slide the new vanity in place and align it with the horizontal and vertical lines on the wall. Use tapered wood shims driven between the floor and the base to adjust and level the vanity. You may have to insert shins behind the vanity if the wall is out of plumb.
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