If you are renovating your bathroom or overhauling the features in there at the moment then you have probably worked out that it is cheaper to do it yourself by now. In fact, it can cost just a fraction of the price of employing a company to install all of your fixtures and fittings for you.
The beauty of installing it all yourself is that you can put everything right where you want it and can look back with pride on your own handiwork. However, the installation of your bathtub will largely depend on the material that it is made from as different materials must be treated in different ways. If you have chosen an acrylic bathtub then installation could not be simpler!
The Acrylic Bathtub
Installing an acrylic bathtub is a job that anyone can do given the right tools and a little time. In fact, it is perhaps one of the easiest types of bathtub to install because it can be in, set in place and ready to use within 24 hours. It is perfect for the DIY beginner and for those wanting to use their bathroom as soon as possible.
It is also very versatile because you can have a freestanding bathtub or one that is supported by the wall or another structure within the room. As such, the only consideration is whether or not the measurements of the tub will make it fit your bathroom or not!
7 Step Guide To Installation
1. First of all, you have to measure the space in which you want your acrylic bathtub to go. The space should be perfect in terms of the measurements and how the bathtub is to fit in the room, especially if you are having it supported by a wall. Be sure to measure it a few times so that you are sure.
2. Make sure the floor of the space is completely level before beginning the installation process. This is a major problem for a high number of people that attempt installation themselves because many fail to check the floor and then find that their tubs do not sit right after installation, by which time it is too late. If the floor is not level then use mortar to even it out.
3. If your floor is not level then apply the mortar and lay a strip of polyethylene over the fresh mortar. This not only maintains the level but also ensure that you can begin work installing the tub sooner rather than later because the mortar will dry under the strip in its own time rather than you allowing time for it to dry and thus delaying he work.
4. Place the tub where you have planned and rock it slowly but surely into place. Use shims to secure it by placing them over the floor joists and check regularly to make sure that the tub remains level. When you are satisfied with its placement, secure the skirt on the tub.
5. Only when the skirt is in place should you attach the corner supports. The placement of these should be accurate because they have to then stay in place.
6. When you are completely satisfied with the placement of the supports, cut any excess material off the acrylic skirt and then glue it in place. Do this step a side at a time, using corner trim to cover any corner joins on it.
7. Finally, attach vertical supports to the inside of the skirt. The should be approximately 1” x 1” at 18 inch intervals so as to stiffen the skirt.
Once these 7 step are completed, all you have to do is make sure that the plumbing is working, leave the tub for 24 hours to set and it is ready to use.