So I have to replace a sink vanity in the bathroom, but the side
splash block is caulked to the tile wall. The back of the vanity
is probably caulked to the wall too. I asked at the hardware
store and the guy there recommened using a "fillet knife"
and doing the "insert, wiggle + repeat" process.
Seems like this is going to scratch the heck out of the tile, which
I want to avoid as the new one will have to be smaller than the
original and the wall will show. Any better way to do this or do
the make non-tile-scratching fillet knifes?
The current sink/vanity is 26x19.5 and all the current ones I see
are not in that size. In a Perfect world I would like one that is
25-ish by 19" as the corner it's in is only 17" deep and I don't
like the sharp corner sticking out, but I can find no place that
has 17" deep sink/vanity sets.
Removing the vanity and splash board is hard to
judge because only you can tell how tightly it's
bonded. Sometimes they pop off easily, and
sometimes there is such a bond to the tile that the
tile's pull off the wall.
Assuming you get them off and there is just
caulk remaining to be removed---
in the flooring dept. at the box stores they sell
a hand held scraper that holds sturdy 4" wide
razor blades. This tool shouldn't scratch the
tile (do this at your own risk) and it works well
to get the caulk off the tile. You have to work
slowly for two reasons: 1) for safety, these
tools can cut you badly, and 2) you risk
chipping the corners or edges of tiles if you
start wailing away at the caulk. Slow strokes,
holding the blade tightly to the tile is best.
Chipping off smaller amounts at a time works
best- don't get too greedy, trying to scape
off too much caulk at a time.
| but I can find no place that
| has 17" deep sink/vanity sets.
that's because a sink with a faucet will not fit into 17" deep vanity
unless you install a bar sink instead of a bathroom sink.
the interior of a 17" deep vanity is only 16" deep minus the 2" needed
for the front.
leaving you with 14" for a sink and faucet.
see what I mean?
You can probably find a kitchen wall cabinet that depth. Could fashion
a toe-kick base for it. Might be tricky to find a sink that fits, but a
little inventiveness might get the job done. If the sink rim is a bit
wide, but the bowl fits, a curving counter might get it to work.
On 19 Jan 2007 12:21:42 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
When I needed to remove caulk from the border of bathtub with the
floor and the wall, I used an electric heat gun. The first time I
guess I went to slow, because smoke came off and the smoke detector
went off, but the second time I moved the heater more and it went
fine. I just got it a little warm and used a putty knife to pry it
off. A plastic puddy knife sounds like a good idea. I don't if the
two caulks are the same, but my tub, tile, and wall were totally
Maybe a powerful hair dryer would have almost as much heat????
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