Installing a Framed-in/ Standard Bathtub

Framed-in/ Standard Bathtub

When purchasing a bathtub, there are two types to choose from; framed-in (this is the standard bathtub today) bathtub or free-standing bathtub. Framed-in bathtubs have a more modern look as compared to free-standing bathtubs which may look like a big basin. Not only that, there are more shapes and sizes to choose from when it comes to framed-in bathtubs. For example, you can have your traditional long bathtub, or even a triangular one that you can place in a corner to optimize bathroom space. Installing a framed-in or standard bathtub can be hard at first, but once you have everything in place, replacing the old tub with a similar one will be a breeze.

  1. First of all, you will need to frame up the area intended for the bathtub. You should measure the area correctly and also get advice from the department store you intend to purchase your bathtub from on how to build the frame for your bathtub. You do not want to make a frame that is either too big or too small to fit your bathtub as you may have to break it down and start all over again if it does not fit.
  2. Next, install the necessary plumbing.
  3. With the help of another person, move the tub into position. Make sure that the bathtub fits the frame nicely before continuing onto the next step.
  4. After that, slip shims under the tub and check with a carpenter’s level. The sides of the tub should be level so that the base of the tub isn’t. Keep slipping shims under the tub until your bathtub is levelled.
  5. Next, install the ledgers so that they will be able to hold up the weight of the tub while it sits on them.
  6. You can now install the drainage system including the P-trap and drain pipes that should be attached to the tub. You should also assemble all of the overflow pipes and drain pipes at this point, making sure that they all fit together. The drainpipe should slide right over and onto the P-trap.
  7. After that, nail down the tub with the provided hardware and attach all plumbing and cover plates.
  8. Turn on the faucets and let the water run for a bit to make sure that you have no leakages and that you have all the plumbing installed correctly.
  9. You can now finish off the installation by caulking around the tub. Let the caulk dry for 24 hours before turning on the plumbing or using the tub.

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