A new bathtub can definitely change the look and feel of your bathroom, and it can easily be accomplished as a weekend project. A lot of bathtubs come completely ready to be installed, with little prep work required on your end.
What You’ll Need to Install the Bathtub:
- Adjustable Wrench
- Pry bar
- Slip-joint pliers
- Safety glasses
- Shower stem socket wrench
- Keyhole saw
Now that you have all the tools you need to install the bathtub, here is how you will install it
Turn off the water
Before you remove the old bathtub, make sure to turn off the water supply to the bathroom. If your bathroom does not have a separate water supply then you will have to turn off the water to the entire house. You should also open a valve in a lower level of your home so that you can relieve any additional pressure in the lines.
Remove the Drain and the Overflow
These two components are different on almost all bathtubs so the steps for this will not be the same. You will need to use a tool design especially for tub drain removal to remove the drain flange. Then disconnect and remove the waste and overflow valve at the front of the tub. Finally remove the tub spout from the wall, usually by turning it counterclockwise. Some of them will have screws holding it place, but most are just held in place by being twisted on.
Handle the Drain
First you will have to disconnect the drain either by accessing the drain through the wall, from the under side of the tub or from the floor under the bathroom. Use the channel lock pliers to disconnect the pipes. Once you the nut connecting the drain pipe is loose you can unscrew it the rest of the way and lift the section out by hand.
Out with the Old
Now it’s finally time to separate the tub from the wall and get it out of your bathroom. This is where you will use the pry bar to apply pressure and separate your old tub from the wall. Be prepared to have a lot of debris coming off from the wall, depending on whether you have drywall above your tub or a tiled tub surround. Cut or scrape away any remaining caulking from the wall after you have removed the tub.
In with the New
Once you have removed your old tub, and all the debris, from your bathroom you are ready to install your new tub. During installation you will need to make sure to protect your new tub from scratches or damage; you can use part of the packaging the tub came in to protect it from exposure during this process.
Slide the tub into place, and use pencils to mark where the tub will sit. Slide it back out and attach the overflow and the drain. After that is completed you can slide the tub back into place and start securing it, making sure to not disconnect the hook up you just completed for the drain. Make sure the tub is completely level, and if not you can use shims under the tub to even it out. After you have confirmed your tub is in the place you want to secure it you can attach the flange to the wall, or the studs if you cut away the drywall. Afterwards you can go ahead and replace the drywall or the tiles if you cut them away to remove the tub.
After that you can go ahead and reattach the spout, or install the new one if you purchased another one.