Lookin’ Level

I think I just might fall over and die if something was actually level in this house, and didn’t require either a. shimming b. caulk c. well, perhaps this is the beyond help category. Our floor, completely level. Our sink, not so much! Yeah, that bubble is supposed to be in the middle not leaning to the far left. We didn’t despair for long, since we still had lots of shims left over from our built-in install. 🙂

How to Level Pedestal Sink
Leveling the Sink

If caulk is my best friend with home renovating, shims might take a close second. 😉 Got the leaning tower of pisa. No problemo. Shims can take care of that. Plus, they are like $1 a pack. Win. Win. Sometimes we are even able to just use spare wood from around the house, from other projects, but in all honesty I’ve found shelling out the dollar or two is the way to go. Since shims are made to have a slight incline on them, this seems to helps to make the support more gradual and natural looking in my opinion.

How to shim a sink
Shimmed Sink

When we were ready to remove the shims, Jay simply came through with a pen and marked the area we would be cutting the shim off at. Since we didn’t want the shim to move around while we cut it, we then removed the piece of wood to cut it. We just used an exacto knife and lanced the piece of wood 3-4 times until we good get a clear break – then we snapped it off.

How to shim a sink
Pushing in The Shim

Next we took the spare shim and pushed the piece we had just cut under the sink. Once each shim is in place the sink should be level and ready to go. We did check with our level after, just to make sure everything was all lined up right. If you’re still having an issue, just continue to add/take away shims until your sink is totally level.

Another heads up – the best way to place the shims is to simply look for areas where the gap between the floor and the sink are more considerable. We kind of placed the shims by trial and error and would just test the sink’s wobble factor as we inserted each one. Once we had a wobble free sink that was level – we knew we were good to go. That was a highly technical paragraph, huh? 🙂 Wobble, wobble, wobble.

Glue on back of sink
Glue that Sink!

In addition to the shims, we also opted to apply some heavy duty glue to the back of the sink basin, just to ensure an extra bit of stability. Since the cat likes to jump up on the sink, we really wanted to make sure this guy was really on the wall, and that it was not going to topple over if someone bumped into it, etc. I wouldn’t necessarily climb on top of it to paint or clean the bathroom or anything, but I think it’s a-ok for daily applications and for our 10 lb tabby.

How to Caulk Sink
Caulking Back of Sink

Last, once we had the sink positioned so that it was level and sturdy, we added a bead of caulk. More than anything this provides a nice streamlined aesthetic, but I think it also helps to keep the sink basin in place as well.

Here is an after shot of how the sink looks sans jutting out shims. We still need to add a bit of caulk to completely conceal the shims, but you can really only see them if you get down on all fours and look, so I’m not in too much of a hurry with the final round of caulk. 🙂

How to shim a sink
Shims Under the SInk

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