Installing a Pedestal Sink

Project: Manhattan Remodel and Cape Cod Affordable, Episode 15, Part 2

Bob is at the Manhattan Brownstone, where work is underway in the bathroom to hang wall tile and set up the pedestal sink. Bob meets Rob Shedrofsky of Davinci Stone, suppliers of the Porcelanosa glazed clay tile that is being applied to the walls. This Subway tile gives a sleek, urban look to the bathroom. Permanent pipe fittings are put in place, and the anchors are marked and set in the wall before Mario Taormina from N. Pagano Plumbing installs the Toto pedestal sink and faucet. The faucet, handles, drain, spindles and diverter are attached, and a code-specified P-trap is set in place to carry waste water from the sink and prevent sewer-gas backup. Bob then visits a $3.5 million Minton tile restoration at Bethesda Terrace in Central Park. The 49 original tile panels were deteriorating structurally and had to be removed in the 1980s. These panels are comprised of 16,000 individual tiles. They will be restored, backed with stainless steel, and returned to their original spot on the vaulted brick ceilings under the terrace.
Part 1: Applying Glazed Wall Tile in the Bathroom
Part 2: Installing a Pedestal Sink
Mario Taormina of N. Pagano Plumbing installs the Toto pedestal sink in the bathroom of the Manhattan Brownstone. Taormina stresses that the first step is to shut off the water and drain any pipes. He then begins by removing the nipple caps and marking the outside of the temporary nipples or short lengths of pipe to show where the wall line is located. He then removes these temparary nipples and checks them against the permanent nipples to verify that they are the right length. Each end of the tubing is wrapped in Teflon tape for a tight fit. The fittings are then hand-tightened in place and checked before being tightened with a wrench. Taormina sets the pedestal and sink bowl in place to mark the support holes from the sink onto the wall. He then drills the holes and sets the anchors in the wall. The Toto faucet is installed on the sink bowl before it is set in place. first Taromina installs the faucets and spout that are designed with multiple rubber seals so that no putty is needed. He then attaches the supply spindles and diverter tee. The neoprene gaskets in the spindle connections make for a long-lasting, leak-free fit. The drain is the one place where Taormina insists on using putty. He ends with the waste pipe that will sit inside of the pedestal. Taormina installs the code-specified P-trap that prevents sewer gas backup in New York City plumbing installations.
Part 3: Minton Tile Repair in New York's Central Park
This project deals with two very different notions of home. Bob begins on New York City's Upper West Side, where an 1890s Brownstone is revitalized through high-quality craftsmanship and sensitive design. New York's past meets its present, as the entire floor is recaptured and refurbished to create a spacious urban apartment on the doorstep of Central Park.

At the same time, Bob works with a Cape Cod developer to apply Massachusetts land use statute 40B to create affordable housing, and a neighborhood of homes in Mashpee, MA. These Energy Star certified homes show how quality building practices and reasonable asking prices can work together to provide livable, affordable homes and neighborhoods to those who work in our communities.