I am a fairly do-it-yourself type of person and usually like to fix any repairs needed around my house myself. I now can fix almost anything that is thrown my way but most of my know-how comes from many trial and error projects. Over the years I have repaired shelves, door frames, and sinks with absolutely no problem whatsoever. This continued until I decided to replace my bathtub and shower, thinking I could save money in the process. Here is my home bathtub installation project that went wrong and what I had to do to fix it.
My first mistake was measuring the size of my current tub alone when prepping for the new installation. I did not take in to account that my new tub was going to have a larger side that would not pass the door frame. When measuring for your new tub and shower you should measure the distance from tub to heater and tub to door frame, as well as the dimensions of the tub itself.
The ledger board is what you will screw into the wall to hold the weight of the tub by the top edge against the wall. When I first installed my ledger I made the mistake of not leveling the ledger board. This made my tub slant upwards toward the drain. meaning the water would have collected in the bottom before being able to reach the drain. I had to re level the board before being able to install the tub.
Know The Thickness of Your Walls
The thickness of your walls makes a huge play in what type of bathtub you can have. If your wall is not thick enough it could end up breaking while it is filled with water. The first bat tub we chose was far to heavy for the type of walls we have and, even empty, threatened to pull our ledger board from the wall.
Plan On Redoing Or Repairing Drywall
What I didn’t consider for this project was that I may have to repair or replace my drywall after removing the old bathtub. Of course when uninstalling the first tub I did a considerable amount of damage to the dry wall underneath and the water damage did not help. Luckily, the damage was able to be repaired without the need for a complete reinstall.
In the end I did get everything sorted and was able to install my new bath tub but it was a lengthy and time consuming process. If you’re planning on your own bathtub or shower installation remember to keep these things in mind for success. Good luck!
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