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How to Install a Tub Waste and Overflow, and Attach a Faucet

Experts demonstrate how the tub waste and overflow are attached to the tub, and the faucet is installed.

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  • Time

    Under Half Day

  • Price Range

    $100 - $250

  • Difficulty



Step 1: Secure the Overflow

Tilt the tub on its side and set the overflow pipe on the backside of the tub. The overflow (Image 1) is secured by tightening the grid on the inside of the tub. Be sure not to over tighten -- just hand-tighten plus a quarter turn is enough (Image 2).

Step 2: Cut and Reattach the Overflow Pipe

Measure for the correct length of overflow pipe, then detach it and cut it to size with a hacksaw (Image 1).

Clean up the rough edges with a file and reattach (Image 2).

Step 3: Attach the Drain Pipe

Cut the drain pipe to the proper length and set a rubber ring inside the drain opening (Image 1). Attach the drain pipe to the overflow pipe and the drain flange.

Check that all the PVC connections are tight (Image 2), then tip the tub back into place.

Step 4: Install the Faucet

Wrap the valve stem with Teflon tape, then use an internal pipe wrench and a crescent wrench to attach the valve (Image 1).

Set the tub filler and handles into place (Image 2).

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