Capo Kitchen and Bath Blog

Slow draining vessel sinks.

One complaint I hear from time to time is that a vessel sink will drain slowly.  Obviously if the drain is plugged it will prevent water from draining properly.  However if the drain is clear and the vessel still drains slowly what is the cause?   Most vessel sinks don’t have an overflow drain.   The overflow allows for more air to get into the drain which aids draining.  Visualize pouring water out of a 2 litre bottle.  It drains slowly.  Now cut a hole in the bottom of the bottle and then pour the water out.  With the hole in the bottle, air can enter the bottle and make the draining much faster.  The grid drain seems to be the biggest cause of slow draining vessel sinks.  This is because the water “sticks” to the grid. grid The surface tension of water becomes an issue with the small holes in the grid.  It’s kind of like water on a widow screen.  You notice that the water does not shed off of the tiny holes in the screen.   The umbrella style drains seem to work better because the water mixes with air before it enters the drain.umbrella  If you are still having an issue with a slow drain, installing a studor vent on your drain may help.   This device is a one way air valve that lets air go into the drain without letting any air out of the drain.  These cost about $25 and are easy to install.  Lastly, it is a good idea to adjust your faucet shut off valves so the flow of water to your faucet is reduced somewhat.  This will minimalize splashing in your vessel sink and will allow your sink to empty a little quicker.

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Install a Bathroom Vanity Without a Plumber

Considering Installing a bathroom vanity? It’s easier than you might think. I recently installed a bathroom vanity in my grandmother’s house. I’m proud to say it looks great. And, it was installed without the help of a contractor or plumber. Before we installed, my grandmother asked me if I knew what I was doing? I told her, “Of course” and that she had nothing to worry about. In reality, I had no idea what I was doing. So I jumped on youtube and searched “how to install a vanity”, watched a few videos, built my confidence, and called a buddy to help. The whole installation took a day and a half. I was surprised by how easy the counter, cabinet and plumbing fit together, and to my grandmother, my buddy and I looked like pro’s.

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How to Build a Deck Storage Bench

So… You finally finished remodeling your bathroom.  What now?!  Have a large deck?  Need somewhere to sit?  Need somewhere to store all of your outdoor equipment?  No Problem!  Follow the simple 8-step guide below to learn how to build a deck storage bench of your own!

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24″ Cabinet Base as a Bathroom Vanity

Every now and then, we’ll get a customer who is using a kitchen cabinet base as a bathroom vanity. There’s nothing wrong with doing this, especially if you have the space in the bathroom. One issue you might run into is with the granite. Nowadays, you can find bathroom vanity tops that are prefabricated to standard bathroom vanity depth that are really affordable. The problem with a 24” cabinet base is, how can you make a 22” depth vanity top work with a 24” cabinet base? It can be done. My motto is to always think outside the box and make it work.

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Showers – Why Go Frameless?

When it comes to showers, the frameless shower door is definitely a huge step up. You may have a bathtub with a shower curtain, or a framed shower door sitting on top of your shower pan. If you are reading this you are obviously thinking about upgrading the look of your home by going frameless, however one question remains… Why go frameless?

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