Bathtub Installation Guide: Know the Challenges Before You Begin

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Any bathtub installation guide would be incomplete if it didn’t give you all the information you needed before you began your project.

Installing a new bathtub is a major undertaking, requiring carpentry, plumbing and heavy lifting skills. It is definitely not a one-person job.

Before starting any home improvement project become aware of your local building codes.

For a bathtub installation project you will need to know the proximity of toilets and electrical outlets in relation to the bathtub. Also, make sure that the floor area where the bathtub is being installed is level.

There are also a number of plumbing challenges that need to be addressed during this project. Don’t make the common mistake of using incorrect pipe sizes. Be sure to match the size of your existing home pipes to pipes in your new bathtub. And, while we’re on the subject of connecting pipes, it is also important to use the proper sealants for threaded joints or leaks will appear.

Another common mistake is attaching copper pipes to galvanized pipes without a brass fitting or rubber washer to separate the two. Failure to complete this simple step will result in the extremely rapid corrosion of the pipes.

Bathtubs are quite large and, depending on the material, very heavy. Depending on how much renovation is being done around the house, it might be relatively easy or extremely difficult to maneuver the new bathtub into place. As I said before, this part of the project is not a one-person job.

Hopefully this bathtub installation guide gives you a brief overview of some of the obstacles you will face if you decide to undertake this renovation project. It’s up to you to decide if you have the skill or manpower necessary to complete the job yourself.

But one thing that I always stress is this, if you do not know your local building codes, it doesn’t matter how handy you are: hire a professional plumber.