How to Install a Freestanding Bathtub

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How to Install a Freestanding Bathtub. Freestanding bathtubs are also known as soakers or if modeled after older tubs, clawfoot tubs. They are easier to install than between the wall tubs, and as their name implies, designed for soaking away life's little stresses.

Things You'll Need

  • Skirting material
  • Clawfoot bathtub
  • Freestanding polymer bathtub with skirt
  • Industrial velcro
  • Wooden shims
  • Wrench set
  • Wood glue
  • Mortar
  • Polythylene sheet

Tips & Warnings

  • The exact way feet attach to tubs may vary somewhat between models. Check the manufacturer's specifications and instructions carefully.
  • There are a number of freestanding tubs that require no skirts.
  • Explore all options. The number of companies manufacturing freestanding bathtubs has increased significantly over the past ten years.
  • Do not attempt to complete installation without an assistant.
  • There are also traditional clawfoot tubs made of cast iron that should only be installed by a professional plumber.
  • Do a thorough evaluation of the floor joists to assure that the weight of the tub will be readily supported.
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