Turn off the Water Supply
Shut down the supply of water to the tub. Open the faucets and let any water still in the pipes recede. It might be essential to cut an access panel in the wall to reach the water shut-offs.
Step 1: Get rid of the Bathtub
Remove the faucet and manages and set them aside. Utilize an energy knife to cut away the silicone seal around the tub. Raise the tub out of the surround and remove it from the restroom.
Fit the New Template
Center the template from the new whirlpool tub over the existing hole and inspect the fit. If the new tub is larger than the old one, call a professional to cut the granite around the tub.
Tape the Template Into Place
Cover the area to cut with painter’s tape to prevent scratches and other damage. Position the template over the existing hole and tape into place. Cut the paper template along the cutting line, then utilize a marker to trace the cut line onto the tape. If a professional is cutting the surround, he or she should handle this step.
Cut the Template Surround
Get rid of the design template and cut the surround along the line. For the granite surround, the professional utilized a circular saw with a diamond-tipped blade that was shaped to follow the curve of the tub. A second worker used a shop vacuum along with the saw to eliminate the granite dust. Break through the silicone seal and remove the excess granite.
Dry-Fit the Bathtub and Fixtures
Dry-fit the tub and fixtures. If needed, make use of a hole saw to make or increase the size of holes for the faucet and deals with. If dealing with a granite surround, have the stone professional manage this step.
Cut an Access Panel
If required, cut an access panel for the electrical work.
Strengthen the Floor Joists
Check the weight requirements for the brand-new tub and strengthen the floor joists if needed. If this tub sits by an exterior wall, insulate the wall under the tub surround and complete it off with drywall.
Put together the Drain Plumbing
Assemble the tub’s drain plumbing. Apply plumber’s putty around the keeping ring and screw it into location with the drain pipeline. Measure and cut the overflow pipeline, set up the gasket and attach the overflow assembly according to the maker’s instructions. Amy made use of an expert plumber for this step.
Incorporate a Dedicated Circuit for the Motor
Have an electrician incorporate a dedicated circuit for the whirlpool motor. For this task, the electrical expert had the ability to re-route power from an unused baseboard heater upstairs to produce a circuit for the heater. This kept him from having to run a total circuit from the breaker box.
Put the Bathtub in Place
Apply a layer of silicone around the edge of the hole in the tub surround and settle the tub in place. Make the last connections for the supply of water, drain and whirlpool.
Check the Whirlpool Motor
Fill the tub with water and test out the whirlpool motor. Drain the tub and check for leaks prior to closing off the access panel.