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Old 04-19-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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I am in need of tips for removing a porcelain drop-in sink from a bathroom vanity. The counter top is grouted ceramic (marble?) tile and the contractor says he can't guarantee that the tiles will not be damaged when the sink is removed. The sink is chipped around the drain hole and in time, will be in danger of leaking. Any ideas? Thanks!

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Does the sink sit on top of the countertop tiles? Or do the tiles butt up against the sink?

I suppose in any type of demolition you wouldn't want to exposure the countertop to too much flex and have the grout start cracking.

My advice would be to get a hammer and start breaking the sink starting from the drain and working your way outwards. A word of caution though, when porcelain shatters, its like razor blades, so be careful.

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I believe the sink sits on top of the tiles.
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You contractor is covering his butt---Any one would.-----The sink is probably glued in with silicone caulk----Reach up under the sink and see if the 'glue' feels like rubber--


If so you will be able to cut the silicone with a thin knife or a guitar string (thin wire) and ease the sunk out.

There is always a risk that the silicone holding the sink is stronger than the glue holding the tile---

Usually unsticking a sink is pretty uneventful.--Good luck--Mike---
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Well, I reached under the sink and all I can feel is the sink itself and the wood base for the top of the vanity--nothing like glue. However, around the lip of the sink on top of the vanity, there is some sort of grey grout-like substance visible where it meets the ceramic tile, creating a seal--seems hard, not rubbery.
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That's probably a caulk called 'Poly Seamseal' it is a hard and tough caulk/glue--

You could try the thin knife --but I think the bond might be stronger than the tile----
A Multi-tool might cut through the caulk---If you have one---

This may sound brutal---however,I suggest smashing the sink and removing the rim in smaller pieces.

The smaller pieces will not have as much holding power as the entire sink rim.

This is not a suggestion for the faint hearted--and you could loose the top if it doesn't work--


I'm a bath re modeler-- So I have some practice at odd little jobs like this---I think I could get this out --But I'm not sure that you can---Mike----
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Thanks for the suggestions . . . I'm thinking maybe the basin could be replaced with a slightly larger one, if the plumber damages the tiles around the rim. I'll be sure to pass on your ideas, if it appears he's going to have trouble. Thanks!
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Odds are your contractor knows all of this, and is telling you the same thing Mike did. He's not expecting any problems, just letting you know that there is a possibility and there are no guarantees it won't happen.

By chance do you have any matching tile? When we purchased our home, we found extra tile in the garage that matched the bathroom and kitchen.
If you are having any other tile work done it's a good idea to stash the extras somewhere so if one ever gets cracked or stained you have a match.
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All's well . . . sink removed with only two broken tiles. Spare tiles were found for replacement--whew! Thanks for everyone's input!

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