How to install freestanding back wash shampoo bowls

Updated April 17, 2017

Freestanding shampoo bowls are commonly seen in salons and barber shops. Being freestanding, they do not require a pedestal but, instead a wall mount or other surface. The wall is the most commonly seen installation area. They are similar to regular sinks and have a groove on the front side. This groove is used to rest the client's neck while washing their hair in the sink. There is a hose with a spray unit attached to the sink and a chair in front of the sink. The actual bowl installation is similar to that of a normal sink and doesn't require a professional for the mounting process.

Turn the water off at the location in which you will be working. Turn the main water valve clockwise.

Connect the spray hose to the sink bowl. Slide the vacuum connector through the hole on the back, left side of the sink bowl. Secure it in place by tightening the nuts with an adjustable wrench. Slide the spray hose connector over the top side of the vacuum connector. Slide the hose over the spray hose connector. Each hose should fit snug with no need for adhesive.

Find a wall stud in the general location that you would like to install the sink will a stud finder. This should also be at the location of the plumbing fixtures to which you will be connecting the bowl. Hold the stud finder against the wall and move it along the surface of the wall. The stud finder will make a noise or light up when it finds a stud.

Attach the mounting bracket to the wall. Measure 31.25 inches upward from the floor. Mark this spot on the wall with a pencil. Hold the mounting bracket on the wall and make it parallel with the floor using a level. Insert screws through the holes in the mounting bracken and into the wall with a power drill. Do not tighten the screws completely. Leave some space between the wall and the mounting bracket.

Lift the bowl just above the wall bracket. Slide the slot on the back of the bowl over the mounting bracket into the space between the wall and the bracket. Secure the bowl and the sink to the wall by tightening the mounting bracket screws with a power drill.

Attach the hot and cold water pipes of the wall to the hot and cold water pipes of the sink. Slide the bolts on the end of the sink's pipes over the wall pipes. Tighten the bolts with an adjustable wrench.

Turn on the water to the area in which you are working. Turn the main water valve counterclockwise.

Things You'll Need

  • Spray hose
  • Spray hose connector
  • Vacuum breaker
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Wall bracket (comes with sink bowl kit)
  • Level
  • Mounting bracket screws (come with sink bowl kit)
  • Power drill
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