A few things should be noted about tub installation after laminating your bathtub. The first thing is, of course, to set everything correctly with Carrollton Plumbing. If you didn’t do this correctly the first time around, chances are good that you’ll have a huge mess on your hands. Not only will your floor be scratched up and ugly, but also it may not even be worth getting back into your tub.
Bathtub Installation Sand down all surfaces of the floor to get all of the grease and grime off of them. Use either a sander or power drill to remove the old subfloor. I’ve had my best experience with an angle grinder. Super Bar has been working me good for years and I love that item to a thousand feet. Nail the new tub into place through the two-inch holes in the floor. In this instance I used three/4 plywood because it was basically the same height as the old floor.
Jetted Bathtub Installation Now that the subfloors are in place you can move on to the next step. This next part assumes you have done a good job sanding and sealing the floor. This next step is to build the frame for the joist under the existing floor joists and to install the main body of the jetted bathtub. The first step is to cut the holes for the pipes and drain with a jigsaw. You will need enough joint wire to attach the pipe to the first hole but you won’t need as much as you think if you sand it just slightly.
Walk-In Tub Installation After this you will need to remove the drain plug from the previous holes drilled and then take off the drain hose. Your walk-in tubs are usually installed by sliding the pipes into the holes. These pipes may be old, rusty, or just leaking. If your plumbing is rusting or old or leaking, don’t try to repair it yourself. Do it right the first time or you could end up spending a lot of time, money, and energy repairing the damage instead of saving on installation.
If your pipes or drains are leaking, it’s probably either because of rust, corrosion, or bad placement. You will probably also notice some water gathering along the floor of your bathroom. To make the most of your Kohler waterproofing system, you will want to consult a professional plumber to address your plumbing installation. However, if you are a handyman or follow the instructions carefully on the package, you can do a few easy things to repair the problem right away. First, you will want to check the level of your water table.
If you are not a plumbing expert, you should consider having your existing pipes cleaned or replaced. A professional contractor can clean the pipes and surround you at an average cost of $500. You will then have the opportunity to choose whether you want a liner or surround. If you choose a surround, this will cover the floor around the tub, while the liner will sit on top of the floor framing. A liner is less expensive, but if you don’t want to waterproof the floor, a liner may not be the best solution for you.
If your plumbing isn’t up to par, your existing drain may need to be upgraded. Most plumbers recommend using a polyethylene drain liner, but this is not always the best choice. Polyethylene has a low melting point, so it doesn’t expand as it sits in the drain. If you choose a metal drain with a low melting point, it can corrode over time, causing serious damage to your bathtub. The problem with using a plastic drain is that it won’t insulate the walls surrounding your bathtub, and it has to be re-painted after installation.
Your plumber may suggest using two basic pieces of plumbing: a trap and an overflow drain. A threaded diverter and a drain connect these. With trap plumbing, a trap connects to the overflow pan’s top, while the inverter connects to the bottom of the trap. With a Kohler archer (or double archer), drain, and the trap will be connected.