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How to Prepare a Bathroom Before Installing a Whirlpool Tub

Before a whirlpool tub can be installed, follow these steps.

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Step 1: Fit the Tub Into the Space

Ensure that your tub fits – you'll need a buddy to assist you. Maneuver the whirlpool into position – you may have to work from both sides of the tub to get it into place. Be sure to place a protective cloth into the tub so you don't scratch it. Also, be very careful not to force the unit or you might damage something. Both corners of the tub need to be flush with the wall in order to check for proper alignment.

carefully manuever the tub into its place

Step 2: Drain the Lines

Mark the water and drain lines. Start by using a reciprocating saw to cut out the sub floor that you marked through the tub's drain. Add at least 1/2" all around to allow for error

marking water and drain lines is handy reference

Step 3: Open the Holes for the Pipes

Now use a drill to open up the holes for the water pipes. We used a right-angle drill with a 3/4" auger bit, but you can use a standard drill and bit that will make a large enough hole for you to fit your pipe through. Set the tub on two 2x4 scraps to lift it up off the floor.

use a drill to open up the holes for water pipes

Step 4: Replace the Tube

Replace your standard overflow tube with a longer whirlpool overflow tube.

a longer whirlpool overflow tube replaces standard

Step 5: Install the Trip Waste and Overflow Assembly

Next, install the trip waste and overflow assembly onto your whirlpool. Start by aligning the shoe with the drain hole in the tub. Screw the chrome-retaining ring into place. Don't fully tighten it yet.

Now, place the overflow 'T' onto the shoe making sure that the side that is threaded inside is facing down.

Step 6: Mark the Length of Pipe

Mark the length of the overflow pipe by aligning it to the overflow hole on the tub and the 'T'. Use a pipe cutter to cut the overflow pipe to length.

Step 7: Apply Putty

Now, remove the shoe from the tub. Apply a ring of plumber's putty to the retaining ring. Place the shoe back into position this time with the rubber gasket between it and the tub. Then, screw the retaining ring firmly into place. Tighten the ring down with a tub wrench.

plummers putty is applied to the retaining ring

Step 8: Install the Compression Nut

Put the compression nut and ferrule onto the tub shoe pipe and attach it to the 'T'. Hand tighten the compression nut. Put the gasket onto the overflow pipe. Then install the compression nut and ferrule onto the overflow, insert it into the 'T' and hand tighten.

compresson nut and ferrule are attached to t joint

Step 9: Apply Putty and Mount the Faucet

Climb into the tub and screw the locking plate into the overflow drain. Be sure to place the screws into the lower holes. Tighten up both compression nuts on the trip waste and overflow assembly.

Mount the faucet that fills the tub up with water.

the locking plate is is screwed into the overflow

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