1. Connecting the pipework
If your new bathtub is being fitted in a different position to the old one, or features faucet holes in a different area, then you will need to install new pipe work.
The best time to fit new pipework is following the removal of the old bathtub and prior to the installation of the new one, affording you plenty of space to work within.
Ensure that the water supply is switched off though, before doing anything with the pipework.
Measure where your new bathtub will fit, and mark the position of the pipes and drain pipe.
From here, you can fit any new supply pipes that may be required. Make sure the pipes are positioned no more than 12 inches away from where the bathroom faucets will be installed, leaving you with plenty of room to manoeuvre when using flexi-hoses to connect the faucets to the water supply.
2. Fitting the feet to the bathtub
You can now fit the feet to the underside of the bathtub. The easiest and most effective way to do this is with the tub positioned upside down.
Leave the protective coating on the bathtub during this process to prevent any damage to the tub. It’s also preferable to lay a protective sheet on the floor. To ensure the feet are positioned correctly, refer to the fitting instructions supplied complete with the bath.
It is important to fit the feet in the proper position, as any misjudgement can lead to longer term issues, subjecting the bathtub to extra stress, which in turn can lead to cracking.
3. Levelling the bathtub
Sit the bathtub against the wall and use a spirit level to make sure it is level. Any necessary adjustments to the legs can be made. You can now attach the wall fixing brackets in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
4. Fitting the tub faucets
The faucets and drain can be awkward to fit once the bathtub is in place, so be sure to do this before the tub has been moved into the correct position.
When fitting your tub faucets, place the sealing washer over the tail of the faucet prior to fitting it through the faucet hole. The washer will fit between the bathtub rim and the base of the faucet. If you are installing separate bath pillar faucets, be sure to fit the hot faucet on the left and the cold faucet on the right.
Once the tub faucets are secured in place, fit the nut over the thread of the tail and tighten. From there, connect the flexi-hoses to the faucet tails. It’s wise to check for any leaks.