BASICS During a recent bathroom remodel, we had the oppor- tunity to replace cast-iron tub with a new acrylic bath- tub. Tubs are available in a number of different designs, and this project covers the American Standard Saver Tub (available at Lowe’s), which is designed to be installed in an alcove and surrounded on three sides by stud walls. This article covers a basic overview of what the project involves, but product details may vary among manufacturers. After removing the old tub, the most challenging aspect of installing the new one is alignment of the tub’s plumbing components with the drain of the house. The plumbing phase of the project will require careful measurements and secure con- nections. A new tub will come with detailed instructions concerning the tub’s pipe connections. The rest of the job entails fitting the tub snugly within the surround, supporting it from below, and ensuring the walls will direct water into the basin.
BEFORE YOU BEGIN Local building codes vary by location, and you might need a permit for this project in your area. Follow all codes for building and plumbing. It’s important to unpack and carefully inspect your new tub upon delivery. On this project, for example, we found that a corner of the tub was damaged—probably crunched by a forklift during shipment. Although the crack was minimal, we worried it would spread and result in a leak, so we decided to return the first tub and get a new one from the supplier.
By Matt Weber