Bath tub installation tips:
- Verify style and measurement.
- Check for adequate insulation on exterior walls. All exterior walls and floors must be fully and completely insulated. A plastic vapor barrier is recommended to keep air infiltration to a minimum.
- Trial fit the tub. If tub needs to be trimmed, a belt sander or circular saw equipped with a masonry blade may be used. Always wear eye and respiratory protection.
- Make sure the tub is level. Use shims on floor joists to level tub. Nail or glue shims to floor. We recommend setting the tub in a bed of mortar for extreme out of level conditions. This will help support the bottom.
- Draw lines on wall and attach furring strip to the walls to support the tub decks only, not the weight of the tub. All decks must be supported.
- Skirt framing should consist of top and bottom plates with 4 uprights, one on each corner, and 2 more 15” – 18” from the ends. Notching may need to be done for water lines and whirlpool plumbing. Skirt framing should be recessed back 1” from the front of the tub to allow for skirt thickness and overhang.
- Install the drain and faucets according to the manufacturer’s directions. A good quality silicone sealant should be used under the drain collar and bottom washer. Tighten the nut to finger tight plus 1/2 to 1 turn. It is important that you Do not overtighten the drain. Wipe off excess silicone immediately. (Do not use plumbers putty.)
- Connect drain and water supply lines
If your tub is equipped with a whirlpool system:
- A licensed electrician should make the necessary connection following the pump / motor guidelines.
- The motor should have a G.F.I. installed on a dedicated circuit.
- All tubs are factory tested for leaks, but it is recommended that the tub be tested with water before completing the installation.
- Whirlpool tubs should have an access panel installed in the adjacent wall to the pump. If this is not feasible then arrangements must be made to allow for access through the skirt. Failing to provide an access panel will increase the cost and possible damage upon inspection if system problems occur.