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Silicone sink fixing

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by geraldthehamster, 29 Dec 2012.

  1. geraldthehamster

    geraldthehamster

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    When I fitted the pedestal basin to a tiled wall in our new shower room, I fixed the basin to the wall with a goodly splurge of silicone, to save drilling. Solid as a rock.

    However, subsequent requirements entailed moving the loo and the basin. I was anticipating a fight with the silicone and I was right, as the basin would not budge however I tried to pull or twist it from the wall, and there was insufficient gap to get a blade in, to slice through the silicone.

    In the end I used a trolley jack and a piece of wood to lift the front of the basin, which worked, and it came away. Taking a dozen tiles with it.

    I have just finished grouting a dozen replacement tiles... Fortunately I still had some spares.

    At least it saves having to clean the silicone from the wall. Although I do have to remove the old tiles, that remain firmly stuck to the back of the basin...

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    :rolleyes: :)
     
  4. geraldthehamster

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    Well it worked. Rather too well in fact.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    Excellent idea.

    Mine is stuck to the wall like this too (it was done before I got the house) and I have removed the pedestal underneath before but left the sink there.

    I will remember about the jack when I need to remove mine.
     
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    Should have tried a cheese wire, will go where a blade cannot.
     
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    I think the trick is probably to ensure that the sink is 5mm or so away from the wall, so that you can get a blade/cheese wire/wire saw through the silicone if you need to remove the sink. And to use less silicone than I did :rolleyes:

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    Read this post on the Saturday & chuckled. On the Sunday decided to lay some lino in the bathroom. Took the pedestal out from under the sink as the old lino went under it & the sink has screws holding it to wall. Didn't think too much more about it. Rolled out new lino & tried to kick it into shape/line along the wall. Grabbed the sink to steady myself & the sink pulls away from wall! Luckily the waste held most of it!

    Fixed back with a lot of silicon & bigger screws (& the pedestal for good measures)

    A close one!
     
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    Sorry if this upsets anyone but fixing a basin with silicon is nothing other than a bodge.
     
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    I don't think that anyone here has said otherwise :)

    Sometimes a bodge is the only way though.
     
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    For a proper bodge you do need to use clear sanitary silicone. The white stuff contains fillers and doesn't have anything like the grip.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    As a postscript, I've now fixed the basin in its new location using the proper fixings, and not a trace of silicone. Much nicer.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    I'll take this opportunity to say that I don't fix sinks to the wall with silicone any more. It's a horrible thing to do.

    Cheers
    Richard
     
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    In my old house, the plaster was coming away from the wall a nd it made sense to fix the plaster to the sink with silicon :LOL: :LOL:
     
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    Yeah, don't use silicone as it obviously does not work. ;)
    Use no more nails instead :) :) :)
     
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    This is actually quite funny to me...my bathroom sink was leaking at the waste pipe join and i needed to take the pedestal out to tighten things up,....it was then that i realised the sink was siliconed to the wall
     
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