How to Fasten a Porcelain Vanity Top
One of the final steps installing a new vanity is fastening the porcelain vanity top. Porcelain vanity tops are one-piece sink tops. Before fastening, it is a good idea to take care of all the hardware that attaches to the sink. Unlike wood or Formica countertops, fastening a porcelain vanity top requires no screws or nails. The key to a flawless installation is ensuring the vanity cabinet is level before fastening the vanity top. It is necessary to have an assistant for this task because of the weight and awkwardness of the vanity top.
Check the vanity with a level to ensure it is level. Place the level across the top of the vanity. Add shims between the bottom of the vanity and the floor where necessary until the vanity is level. It might be necessary to loosen the fastening screws securing the vanity to the wall when inserting shims.
Attach the faucet fixture and the sink drain according to the manufacturer's instructions that come with the fixtures. Installing the fixtures on the porcelain vanity top before fastening it allows more room for tightening the various securing nuts.
Set the porcelain vanity top on top of the vanity, with the assistance of your helper. The vanity top should be level and fit securely over the vanity. This step also helps you see how the vanity fits in relation to the corners of the wall.
Lift the vanity top off the vanity and set it aside. Apply a half-inch bead of silicone caulk along the top of the vanity framing with a caulking gun.
Pick up the vanity top with the assistance of your helper. Carefully place the vanity top over the top of the vanity. Press the vanity top down so that it makes contact with the silicone caulk. Connect the remaining plumbing according to the manufacturer's instructions. Apply a bead of caulk between the vanity top and the wall.
- Avoid using contractor glue adhesive when fastening the vanity top. When the time comes to replace the top or make repairs, the construction adhesive tends to cause damage to the vanity frame when removing the top.
Kenneth Crawford is a freelance writer with more than 10 years of experience. His work has appeared in both print and online publications, including "The American Chronicle." Crawford holds an associate degree in business administration from Commonwealth College.