Bathtub Drain Installation: Things to Consider Before You Start

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A new bathtub drain installation might be the missing piece in your bathroom renovation. And it is an easy piece to overlook, especially if you are not replacing the bathtub itself.

One thing that I have learned over the years is that the difference between a good renovation and a great renovation is the fine details.

You can paint the walls, replace the vanity and lay new tile but if you forget about the towel racks, toilet paper dispenser and bathtub drain, people will notice…your wife, neighbors, mother-in-law and definitely potential buyers.

During my last bathroom renovation project I considered replacing the bathtub drain myself; after all, I’d been able to tackle the tile by myself with pretty good results. Then I did a quick internet search to see what kind of tools I was going to need.

Well, I didn’t have a strap wrench or a monkey wrench, but that didn’t especially bother me as I figured I might need to purchase both of those at some point as a homeowner. It was the tubing cutter and PO plug wrench that made me nervous. I didn’t know what they looked like, how much they cost or if I would ever need to use them again.

Then there was this little piece of news, many manufacturers will not accept a warranty claim on an item not installed by a licensed plumber. This made me stop and think for a minute.
I’m decent with tools and pretty careful, but I also know that porcelain repair on a bathtub can be almost half as expensive as buying a new tub.

In the end, I decided that the right solution for me would be to call a professional plumber and let him handle the bathtub drain installation. And I’m glad that I did.

He did a great job (for a better price than I would have expected) and he had the new bathtub drain installed a lot faster than if I had done it myself. It was a great final piece to a long and well-earned bathroom renovation.