Are blown glass sinks easy to install?
Most anyone with some basic plumbing skills can
install a glass sink, however, it is always easier to hire a plumber,
they may save you
some wear and tear on your nerves. Also, blown
glass sinks should be hand tightened only.
Drain assemblies must be of a
type that do not hold water and must be hand-tightened only.
(Strainer Drain Assembly)
Tighten just until the silicone
sealer begins to ooze out. Do not over tighten. Use silicone instead
of plumbers putty to seal.
Strainer Drain Assembly
(aka Continuous Outlet Grid Strainer) - Allows for continuous water flow.
Lift and Turn Assembly -
For those that want the ability to fill up their glass sinks with
water, Alchemy offers a Lift and Turn drain assembly as an
alternative to the Strainer Drain. Please note that White Elk's
Visions sinks do not have overflows and most municipal codes require
unstoppable drains for this type of installation.
We highly recommend
hardware/faucets and Strainer-type drains from:
R - N - R Supply
"White Elk" sent you"
Over 200 years of combined
Will ship UPS anywhere in the U.S.
Brasstech Part #3211
No Overflow Flat Strainer Plate Drain
Flat Strainer Plate
- Fits standard 1 1/2" opening (hole is 1 5/8")
- No overflow holes
- Comes in a wide variety of finishes
Helpful Installation Links
Although not specific to glass
sink installation, this is an informative link containing general
plumbing and sink installation information. There are some obvious
modifications that would need to be made with your blown glass sink,
ie: planning for wall mounted faucet pipes, etc., but I thought this
link might prove helpful. (Again, we highly recommend hiring a
plumber, but for those determined "do it yourselfers",
here's a little more info:
info from "Home Tips" on installing a variety of sink types
What about illuminating my
blown glass sink?
There is just nothing more beautiful than a
handcrafted piece of art glass which has been illuminated by light.
Lighting will allow your glass sink to be a beautiful centerpiece for
your powder room or bath. Experiment with a moveable light to decide
which is best, illuminating from the top, or underneath, or both.
Either way you are sure to receive a most stunning result!
How should I care for/clean
my blown glass sink?
To avoid scratching, scouring or dulling the glossy
surface of the glass:
Use a soft cloth with soap and/or water, glass
cleaner, or any other non-abrasive cleaner.
A mixture of vinegar and water will help to remove
hard water spots.
Do not use 'Brillo' pads, scouring powders, or
anything at all abrasive
Do not allow temperature
changes of greater than 70 degrees F between temperature of glass
sink and water. All glass sinks are susceptible to thermal shock. To
prevent cracking, set your water heater to a temperature between 120
and 130 degrees F.
Do not allow the glass vessel
sink to come in contact with steel or other glass objects which could
scratch or chip the surface.
Do not pour boiling water
directly into the glass vessel sink. Doing so may cause the sink to
crack or shatter.
Do not allow extremely hot
water to flow into the glass vessel sink. If it is too hot to the
touch it could crack the glass.
Do wipe the glass bathroom sink
dry, inside and out, after every use to prevent water spots. If you
get water spots, use a mixture of vinegar and water to remove them.
Never use anything abrasive on your glass sink.