Installing a New Tub
Once you find a tub
that meets your needs you can start the installation process. The following is a simplified version of the steps involved in installing a new bathtub
to help give you a general idea of how you can do-it-yourself.
Prep the Space
Before starting, shut off the water to the bathroom and/or the entire house. You may also need to remove the toilet, sink or other fixtures if they are in the way.
Remove and Disconnect Drain Lines
Unscrew the overflow valve cover plate and pull out any drain assembly. Disconnect the drain flange using a tub drain extractor. Remove the tub spout, then disconnect the waste and overflow unit from underneath the tub.
Tub drains are not always the same, so these steps may vary depending on your bathtub.
Removing the Tub
Removing a bathtub is a two-step process. Be sure to wear eye protection and have a helper present for safety.
First, remove any surrounding tiling, dry wall and trim, caulk and moulding before prying the bathtub away from the wall. Next, have one person lift up one end of the tub while the other slides a 2x4 plank underneath to keep it raised. Repeat on the other side, then slide the bathtub out using the 2x4s as skids.
Install the Plumbing
The overflow and drain flange need to be installed before the new bathtub is situated. The plumbing installation depends on the type of bathtub, so it’s important to read the manufacturer’s instructions and contact a professional if help is required.
Secure Tub in Place
Once the plumbing is connected, slide the new tub into place and gently lower the tub. Ensure the bathtub is level, then attach it to the wall on all sides.
Install Tiles or Prefab Wall
Complete the process by finishing the wall where the tub was removed. You have a few options, including:
- Finishing the wall with drywall and paint
- Adding tile to the dry wall
- Installing a prefabricated wall