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Bathtub dimensions can vary. Before you buy, check the dimensions of a new tub so that it will fit in the same spot as the old one. Another consideration with very large tubs is whether you will be able to maneuver it through your home to the bathroom. Room to work is also important — especially in smaller bathrooms. It will sometimes be necessary to remove the other bathroom fixtures in order to remove an old\n

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bathtub dimensions can vary before you buy check

Bathtub dimensions can vary. Before you buy, check the dimensions of a new tub so

that it will fit in the same spot as the old one. Another consideration with very large

tubs is whether you will be able to maneuver it through your home to the bathroom.

Room to work is also important — especially in smaller bathrooms. It will sometimes

be necessary to remove the other bathroom fixtures in order to remove an oldbathtub

drain repair and install a new one.

Anatomy of a Bathtub

Connecting the water supply to a bath is much the same as for a basin. The main

difference when installing a bath is that it may be large and heavy, and access to the

plumbing can be difficult.

Cast-Iron Bathtubs

Decorative cast-iron tubs may be candidates for reclamation. If not, these heavy items

can be broken up using a sledgehammer and all of the material recycled. When you do

this, drape a drop cloth over the old tub to stop flying debris and be sure to wear

protective goggles, ear protectors and gloves. When installing a cast-iron tub, ensure

that its weight is evenly distributed across several floor joists. Planks of wood

underneath the bathtub drain cleaning feet can help spread the weight. In some

cases, you may need to reinforce the joists below.

Removing a Bathtub

Before you begin, make sure you have enough room to fit the bathtub through the

doorway. Turn off the water supply. After the water has been turned off, open a faucet

below the tub level to drain the water supply lines. Remove the faucet, the drain, and

the spout. If your bathtub is sandwiched between two walls, with the faucet and

shower head located on one wall, you may be able to disconnect the piping and then

pull the tub out. If this doesn’t work, you may have to remove a section of the wall

around the bathtub, cut the piping, and remove therepair bathtub drain through the

wall if your bathtub is freestanding removal

wall. If your bathtub is freestanding, removal is somewhat easier. After disconnecting

the piping, you should simply be able to lift the tub out.

Installing a Bathtub

Before installing a new bathtub, make sure that your selection is an exact fit into the

old bathtub space. Make sure it is apron-styled or drop-in, and that the drain is on the

same side, because bathtubs can have right-hand or left-hand drains. If the bathtub is

not an exact fit, the piping will have to be modified for the new bathtub. If it is an

exact fit, you’ll follow the same steps for removing the old bathtub, just in reverse.

You may need to repair the wall surface so it rests on the flange of the new tub.

Always use cement backerboard under tiles in the bathtub or shower areas for

moisture protection and to prevent a possible mold problem. Regular drywall is not

rated to handle extreme moisture.

Measuring the Position

Measure and mark the location of the bathtub's ledger (Image 1).

Attach the ledger board, which will support the bathtub’s ledger (Image 2).

Connecting the Drain

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While the tub is on its side, dry fit the drain and water supply pipes (Image 1).

Install the rubber gasket on the bathtub overflow tube, and attach it to the tub (Image

2).

Use the fittings provided to attach the stopper retaining bracket (Image 3).

Apply a ring of plumber's putty around the drain flange (Image 4).

Attach the drain to the bathtub, using screws to secure it in place (Image 5).

Connect the Stopper

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Use needle pliers to connect the stopper chain mechanism to the stopper fit (Image 1).

Route the chain from the stopper fit through thebathtub, adjacent to the retaining

bracket (Image 2).

Secure the stopper fit in place using the fittings provided (Image 3).

Lift the bathtub in place and insert the drain and water pipe assembly into the drain

(Image 4).

Securing the Tub in Place

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Nail the flange to the wall studs (Image 1).

Make sure the bathtub is level, then finish the surrounding walls (Image 2).

Adjusting the Stopper

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With time and use, acleaning tub drain stopper may cease to block the water flow

efficiently. Remove the stopper face plate from wall. Expose the mechanism and then

adjust the chain to fit.