Tips & Advice
How can you remove a vanity top?
To remove a vanity top, first shut off the water supply and disconnect the P-trap. You might need to remove some fixtures next. Then, use a utility knife to cut through the sealant (also known as caulk) that binds the vanity countertop to the wall. Next, go under the sink and disconnect all the hoses and valves for the sink plumbing, including the P-trap. After these are all disconnected, you should be able to lift the countertop, including built-in sinks, off the base of the vanity.
What is the difference between an undermount and overmount sink?
The difference between an undermount and overmount sink is that with an undermount, the sink is installed beneath a solid surface counter, with no raised lip between counter and sink; whereas with an overmount, the sink’s edge lip rests on top of the counter. Overmounts are also called drop-in sinks because that’s how they are installed.
Undermount sinks are generally more expensive than overmounts, but more people are switching to them because of the “seamless” look and the ease of keeping counters clean when you can just wipe into the sink without dealing with a raised edge.
Is it possible to only replace the bathroom vanity top?
Yes, it is possible to replace only the bathroom vanity top and sink without touching the cabinets beneath. This option can save money if you want to give your bathroom a facelift.
What is involved in replacing a bathroom vanity?
Replacing a bathroom vanity involves several steps. It can be DIY, but some people might prefer to contact a plumber and/or a general contractor.Start with shutting off the water supply and disconnecting the P-trap, which traps debris that have drained from the sink and prevents it from creating a clog in the plumbing system. Next, remove the faucet and other fixtures. After that, separate the sealant that affixes the countertop of the vanity to the wall by using a utility knife to loosen it. Then, remove all the screws that join the main base of the vanity to the wall. After that, you can carry away the old vanity.
You’ll go through similar steps in reverse to put in the new vanity. First, find the wall studs, to which you will be attaching your vanity. There is a tool called a “stud finder” for this. Next, mark where to set your vanity to coordinate it with the wall studs Move the base flush against the wall. If you have a new faucet, experts recommend you install it prior to conjoining the vanity’s base and its countertop. After the faucet, attach the vanity to the wall with screws.
What different types of bathroom vanities are available?
Bathroom vanities come in a few basic types, the most popular being free-standing vanities and vanity cabinets. Wall-mounted and under-mounts are two less common types of vanities. For small spaces, either a corner vanity or a pedestal sink with separate wall-mounted cabinets can be the most space-efficient options.
How much does it cost to put in a new bathroom vanity?
Installing a new bathroom vanity costs $300-$500 for the labor. The price of the vanity itself can range from under $250 to more than $2,000, but most vanities cost between $600-$1100.
What is the difference between a hot tub and a spa?
There are no technical differences between a spa and a hot tub. Both spas and hot tubs are tubs with built-in jets used for relaxation, therapy, and entertaining. The terms are basically interchangeable. The two types of spas or hot tubs are portable, and custom-built or in-ground. Traditionally, in-ground or custom-built are more often referred to as spas. There are no real functional differences--spa just sounds more sophisticated.
There are several different types of hot tub jets to choose from, and each is unique in design and function:
Most jets are adjustable by turning the nozzle extension to increase or decrease flow.
- Rotational jets move the water in circles.
- Directional jets move the water in a specific direction, which you can aim or adjust yourself.
- Pulsating jets have two holes in the center, so when water pressure is applied, the center spins, creating a water stream that alternates between the two holes, resulting in a pulse-like performance.
- Multi-massage jets have several smaller holes that create individual water streams when water pressure is applied.
- Ozone or cluster jets have a single center section that water flows through, and are usually not adjustable.
How much does it cost to operate a hot tub?
Operating costs hot tubs depend on your local utility rates, but the national average is about $0.40 per heating hour. Weather, location of the hot tub (indoors vs. outdoors), condition of the tub, the fit of the lid, and frequency of use, are all factors that can add to the bill. So, keep your tub maintained accordingly to keep the costs down, and lower the temperature when you will not be using it for extended periods of time, like going on vacation.
How do you keep a hot tub clean?
To keep a hot tub clean, you first need to have the appropriate chemicals and in the correct balance. Check the pH levels at least once a week and add or adjust chemicals accordingly. Check filters monthly and clean or replace them as necessary. Periodically drain your hot tub and clean the surface with a non-abrasive cleanser to remove any surface grime. You can add a “jet clean” chemical to your tub to help clean out the jets prior to draining. Be sure to thoroughly rinse and wipe the tub before refilling to eliminate any chemical or soap residue. For the cover, wipe the vinyl down with a gentle soap solution and clean the underside with a hose, but do not use chemicals on the underside as they may contaminate the water. These processes should keep your tub and water in excellent condition.