I bought a new sink to go in my '29 bathroom.
Now, to get rid of the old wall mount caste iron one. I don't see how
it is mounted.
What I think is that it may be on some kind of a clip (near the top)
and it would have to be lifted. Unfortunately there is some wall molding
that runs right on top the top edge of the sink and that would have to
be removed, if that is the case. Perhaps why it has stayed put 81 years.
Anyone know how they used to mount sinks?
Your idea of a wall-mounted clip holding the sink on is probably
correct. Unless you want to sell the sink to a salvage yard, after
protecting the floor with a heavy carpet scrap, I would apply a 5 to
10 lb sledgehammer to the sink in an upward direction. Have someone
help to hold the sink from totally crashing down onto the floor. The
object should be to break the sink into small enough pieces that they
can be easily removed to the trash.
If you strike in a downward direction, depending on what gives first,
you might rip the sink and the supporting bracket right out of the
wall and damage the supporting studs in the process.
Cast iron is brittle and breaks, one way to remove old drain pipe.
I'm not thrilled about breaking it, but I don't want to break my
bathroom either by cutting out the waist molding (that is painted and
finished in the style of the bathroom) that sits right on top and was no
doubt added after.
Sometimes a creative solution is called for.
You are assuming that the sink will break before anything else. You
could just as easily end up pulling a chunk of wall off along with the
sink. But hey it's liable to be entertaining so go ahead. Please
post some pictures afterwards.
That is without a doubt the dumbest ass thing I have ever read on a
In order to properly deconstruct something with the minimal amount of
damage you have to uninstall things in the reverse order of the way
So if the molding looks like it had to have been installed AFTER the
it must be removed before you can have any chance of removing the sink
without damaging anything else...
Here is the problem -- if you don't feel qualified to carefully remove
moulding, how on earth are you going to remove a sink without doing
some damage to something, especially if you resort to hammers to break
it apart, then go about installing a NEW sink -- just remove the
moulding, or find a plumber who will do it for you... This job sounds
of your league if you are posting replies like this...
Honestly, the answers some people come up with. Is that supposed to be a
OP, the right way to do this job is to get a length of rope or cable, and
securely tie it around the sink. Run the other end of the rope or cable out
of the window. If there is no window, you can drill a small hole in the
wall, taking care to catch any drywall dust so as not to create a mess (you
can easily patch the small hole with some spackle when you are finished).
Now, back your car near the wall, and tie the rope or cable to your bumper
or trailer hitch, leaving about 20 feet of slack in the line.
Press the accelerator in the vehicle until the engine RPM is 3000 to 4000,
quickly release the clutch, and let the tool do the work for you. When you
are finished, sthe rope/cable will cleanly remove the sink and the
attachment mechanism from the wall.
I replaced a green wall mounted sink in my 1955 vintage bathroom with a
modern wall mounted white sink.
The mounting bracket was heavy cast iron on the underside of the sink at
the top, and it was visible from under the sink. I used penetrating
lubricant on the bolts, starting a few days before I attempted to remove
the bolts. Don't forget to remove any caulk that seals the sink to the
The bolts were stiff, but the sink came off the wall much easier than I
The hard part was getting a sturdy mount for the new sink with the flimsy
I recommend against the sledge hammer method. If the wall around the sink
is tiled, that would be an excellent way to crack the wall tile.
I have many photos of the replacement process, if you like I will email a
few to you that may be helpful.
Due to spam, I'm filtering all Google Groups posters.
The few sinks I have removed also were hung on a bar on the wall. The
sink had tabs that dropped in behind the bar. As Bob suggests, look up
under the sink and see what you can see. If you can't lift the sink
(the way these sinks were removed) you could remove the bar. IMHO that
is the safe way to remove the sink in your case (if you don't want to
remove the molding). If you can't remove the bar fasteners you could try
sawzalling behind the bar. If not careful, this can also damage the wall
molding. More important, you will be removing the support for a heavy
sink which can drop on you.
I also think a sledge hammer will damage the wall. And I think you would
wind up with part of the sink still mounted on the wall bracket, which
you would have to remove.
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