Installing a New Bathtub: DIY or Professional Help?


Installing a new bathtub is not for beginners. If you’ve never heard of the terms “P-trap”, “PVC drain pipe”, or “ledger board”, you probably shouldn’t even be walking around in the plumbing aisle at the hardware store. Yet, there are still many Americans who take it as a point of pride, passion even, to roll up their sleeves and do a little dirty work.

“Keeping Up With The Joneses” is still a very real value in our country, and when Mr. Jones is a master craftsman who can complete many a repair job, well, you can see what we’re getting into.
So if you’re up for the challenge, start off by looking at new bathtubs online, or consulting with a hardware store employee. Remember to ask for a catalogue so you can carefully consider all your options.

As you are purchasing the tub, remember to inquire about exact shipping dates so you can get the tub into your house as quickly as possible. Bathtubs are a real eyesore-especially when they are occupying your convertible’s spot in the driveway!

Let two or three of your buddies know ahead of time when the tub will arrive, as moving a tub is not a task fit for one person. Weight training and scheduling an appointment with the chiropractor is also recommended. And of course, before you even consider installing a new bathtub, take a peek at some how-to articles.

Or, you could hire a plumber. ‘Nuff said.