You love to spend plenty of time in your bathtub. Ever since you were a kid, you just love the bathtub and try to spend a long time whenever you are taking a bath in it. Not only do you feel that you thoroughly enjoy taking a bath in it more than anything, but you also get to spend some time with yourself and think about things.
If your bathtub means so much to you, then you would definitely want it to be in the best condition possible. There's probably no way that you'd want to use it if it is damaged or is already beginning to break down. And let's face it, over time bathtubs do tend to become quite damaged because it is used pretty much in the house by every family member. So even if your bathtub is still in great condition, you need to prepare for when it already needs to be replaced.
It would be nice if you know how to replace your own bathtub. Sure, it is not a simple or easy thing to do, with everything from plumbing to carpentry and a few other things and skills needed to pull it off. But if you would do a little research and know about some rather simple tips on how to do it, them you may actually be able to do it yourself.
The following are some of the tips on how you can replace your own bathtub:
- Make sure that you plan out everything right from the start. Start this by getting the exact measurements of your tub. If you do this then you can insure yourself that you are purchasing the right sized relocation and also the fixtures that will be used. Some of the things inside the toilet might have to be removed temporarily while the replacement is in progress, like the sink and the bathroom door.
- Then you need to remove the present bathtub. Start it by disconnecting the strainer, drain, and flange, as well as by unscrewing and then removing the overflow cover plate, and this includes any drain assembly that happens to be attached to it. The waste and overflow unit should also be removed from the drain line. It (waste and overflow unit) can be accessed from under the tub or through an access panel.
- Anchoring screws or nails that are used to anchor the tub to the tub flange to wall studs have to be removed. Get a crowbar to be able to pry off the tub a little from the back wall. Use a knife to cut through existing caulk that might be there. Again using the crowbar, pry up one end of the tub and then the other. You might need some assistance to lift the tub and take it out from the bathroom.
- Preparation for the location of your new bathtub should be made. Start by replacing any damaged part of the flooring. Make sure that the new waste and overflow unit and drain is going to fit. Assemble the new drain unit and then attach it to the tub. Put the tub into proper position and then, with some assistance, move it to the proper place. Level and then attach it to the existing wall studs.