Monday, December 11, 2017

How to Replace Your Bathtub in 6 Easy Steps

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Replacing a bathtub is not a complex process contrary to what many may think. It is a surprisingly common do-it-yourself project, assuming you don’t need to alter the plumbing installations like the faucet location or moving the drain. Here is how you can replace your bathtub in 6 easy steps.
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Verify the Dimensions
Before you buy a replacement tub, verify the dimensions of the space where the new one will be going in. Don’t forget to check the locations of the existing plumbing fixtures, since the drains should match up and you don’t want a tub so tall that the existing faucet can’t drain into it. Don’t overlook dimensions like drain sizes and pipe dimensions.

Floor supports, too, need to accommodate the new tub. Make sure you don’t try to install a heavy antique tub if the floor cannot support its weight.

Consider How You’ll Remove It
Before you decide to remove the tub, consider how you’ll remove the existing one. If you detach it from the floor and walls, will you be able to carry it out the existing doorway? Or do you need to get tools to cut the old tub into sections so that you can remove it? You’ll also need to figure out how you’ll get the new tub into the bathroom before you buy it too.

Take the Necessary Precautions
Turn off the water supply to the bathroom before you start ripping out a tub. This ensures you don’t flood the bathroom if you damage a water line when removing the old tub. If there are electrical connections around the tub like an in-tub heater, disconnect the power to that area as well.

Remove the Old Tub
Open a faucet that is below the level of the tub to drain water supply lines so that you don’t end up with water in the pipes pouring into the bathroom during the removal process. Now remove the faucet, drain and spout. Remove the old tub. Clean up the area and make sure you haven’t damaged any piping. Check your dimensions again in case you need to cut the piping.

Install the New Tub
This is the time to install the new tub. You’ll put in the new tub and then start connecting the water pipes and drains. You can learn more about how to install plumbing connections and other DIY projects at This process is easier with a freestanding tub than one installed in a tile enclosed space.
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Clean Up
After you’ve installed the new tub in a conventional bathroom, you may need to apply new caulk so that splashed water doesn’t damage the drywall under the tile wall or apply seals to the boundary between the tub and tile floor. Clean up the dust, the putty, the paint and other items leftover from the project. This ensures that you won’t slip on sawdust or spilled water when you try to get into the new tub the first time you try to enjoy it.

If you want your tub installation to go smoothly, follow the steps in this article. Verify the dimensions of the space first and foremost, consider how you’ll remove the old tub and fit the new one in and take safety precautions before your start. 
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