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The Anatomy of a Bathtub and How to Install a Replacement (page 2 of 2)

Learn how to all about bathtubs including how to remove and replace one.

Excerpted from Do It Yourself Home Improvement

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Measuring the Position

Measure and mark the location of the bathtub's ledger (Image 1).

Attach the ledger board, which will support the bathtub’s ledger (Image 2).

Connecting the Drain

While the tub is on its side, dry fit the drain and water supply pipes (Image 1).

Install the rubber gasket on the bathtub overflow tube, and attach it to the tub (Image 2).

Use the fittings provided to attach the stopper retaining bracket (Image 3).

Apply a ring of plumber's putty around the drain flange (Image 4).

Attach the drain to the bathtub, using screws to secure it in place (Image 5).

Connect the Stopper

Use needle pliers to connect the stopper chain mechanism to the stopper fit (Image 1).

Route the chain from the stopper fit through the bathtub, adjacent to the retaining bracket (Image 2).

Secure the stopper fit in place using the fittings provided (Image 3).

Lift the bathtub in place and insert the drain and water pipe assembly into the drain (Image 4).

Securing the Tub in Place

Nail the flange to the wall studs (Image 1).

Make sure the bathtub is level, then finish the surrounding walls (Image 2).

Adjusting the Stopper

With time and use, a bathtub stopper may cease to block the water flow efficiently. Remove the stopper face plate from wall.

Expose the mechanism and then adjust the chain to fit.

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