One of the least favorite and most difficult home projects is how to install a bathtub. The large tub in a small space can make removal and installation a hassle. Couple that with the plumbing and sealing and you have yourself a huge undertaking.
It can be done, though, and if you have patience and determination, you can get it done in a relatively short amount of time. This article will cover the steps needed to remove the old tub and fixtures and how to install a bathtub.
Every job has tools that are needed. The right tool for the job is always the best choice. You don?t want to use a hammer when a screwdriver is needed. For tub installation and removal, you will need a few specialty pieces along with some standard ones.
Most of what you will need is brute strength, a helper or two and some wood skids. Two by fours work well for kids, and they don?t have to be perfect. Bathtubs are heavy, cumbersome and awkward. Replacing them takes a lot of time and patience.
You should also remember that when the original tub was installed there probably wasn?t anything else in the bathroom. The walls weren?t finished, the toilets and sinks weren?t? there. You are going to have to remove and install a tub around these fixtures.
Cement backer board (green board).
Faucet stem socket.
Tub and tile caulk.
You may find it easier to remove the toilet or sink (or both) depending on how much room you have. It is always easier to measure prior to moving anything. If you need to remove doors, door jams, toilets or cabinets, you should do so before beginning tub removal.
Depending on the type of tub you are installing (or removing) as well as any other work that needs to be done (removing doors or other fixtures) you may need other tools as well. If you are ever in doubt on what to do or how to proceed, you should call a plumber.
Installing a tub is one of the most difficult DIY projects in the home. Hiring a professional who knows how to deal with the fitting and the plumbing could save you hours of frustration and stress.
If you end up with a new bathtub that has an opposite drain, you will also need to adjust the plumbing. This can be avoided by double checking everything prior to purchase and project start.
Removal of the Old Tub
Once you have everything double checked and are ready to begin, the first step is to turn off the water supply to the tub and drain the lines. You can drain the lines by turning on a faucet or opening a line below the tub level.
The New Tub
Remove the drain stopper and unscrew the drain from the tub. You will then remove all other plumbing from the tub surface and tub side plumbing. This will include the drain stopper and hot, cold and shower knobs (if equipped).