Step 8: Make final connections

Connecting the pipes of a pedestal sink
Photo: David Carmack
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Place a washer between the elbow and trap, dope the threads, and tighten the nut by hand. Finish tightening with water-pump pliers.

Measure the distance between one angle stop and its faucet valve, add an inch, and cut a chromed supply tube to length with a tubing cutter.

Slip two compression nuts and a ferrule over the cut end. First, tighten one nut to the stop with a wrench, then bend (don't kink) the supply tube slightly—first to the side, then up—so its acorn head fits into the valve's outlet.

Tighten the head to the valve with the second nut. Repeat for the other angle stop and faucet.

With the lift rod in the up position attach the pop-up stopper to the actuator arm, then secure the arm to the lift rod with the screw provided.

Slide the escutcheon and cover over the PVC waste pipe.

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    Tools List

    • hack saw
      Hacksaw,
      for cutting PVC and thick brass pipe
    • propane torch
      Propane torch,
      for soldering copper tubing joints
    • two-foot level
      1-foot level,
      for leveling basin
    • tongue-and-groove pliers
      Water-pump pliers,
      for gently tightening large nuts on drain pipes
    • crescent ratchet wrench
      Crescent wrench,
      for tightening small nuts on compression fittings
    • compact tubing cutter
      Compact tubing cutter,
      for cutting copper tubing in tight locations
    • tubing cutter
      Tubing cutter with reaming blade,
      for faster cutting on bigger, accessible tubing
    • wire brush
      Wire brush,
      for cleaning inside of copper tubing before soldering
    • basin wrench
      Basin wrench,
      for tightening the nuts on faucet valves and spouts in the virtually inaccessible regions under the sink's basin
    • socket wrench
      Socket wrench,
      for driving lag screw
    • drill
      Drill and bit,
      for drilling holes for lag screws
    • flathead screwdriver
      Slotted screwdriver,
      for attaching lift rod to actuator arm
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure

    Shopping List

    1. PEDESTAL SINK

    2. LEAD-FREE SOLDER

    3. PVC CLEANER AND SOLVENT

    for joining PVC pipe



    4. FLUX

    acidic paste applied to copper before soldering



    5. FINE-GRIT SANDPAPER ROLL

    for polishing the outside of copper tubing before soldering



    6. FENDER WASHERS AND 2 1/2-INCH LAG SCREWS, TWO EACH

    for attaching sink basin to wall) Damp cloth (for cleaning and wiping up freshly soldered joints



    7. SPRAY WATER BOTTLE

    for preventing fires that may be ignited while soldering



    8. BUCKET

    for collecting water drips



    9. PIPE DOPE

    Teflon-based paste for sealing pipe threads



    10. PLUMBER'S PUTTY

    for sealing drain and faucet flanges against the sink