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How to Install a Freestanding Bathtub

Freestanding bathtubs are a great way to add an artistic element to your bathroom. If you’re going to install your own, there are just a few tools you’ll need. Here, our bath installation experts walk you through how to successfully install your bathtub:

  1. Start by figuring out where in your bathroom you’d like your bathtub.
  2. Next, clear the area and use your level to make sure your floor is properly balanced (this is especially important if you’ve had your floors remodeled).
  3. After that, place the bathtub in the exact spot you’d like to install it and lay a blanket down next to it.
  4. Tip the bathtub on its side and onto the blanket to protect both the floor and the bathtub.
  5. Then, locate the drain hole area and clean it to remove and dirt or debris.
  6. Place a dot of clear silicone around the drain body and place it through the drain hole.
  7. Place some plumber’s putty on the washer and then slide it over the bottom of the drain body.
  8. Slide the washer over the bottom of the drain body and the nut onto the drain body.
  9. Tighten the washer and nut to form a tight seal.
  10. After that, install the drain tail piece according to the manufacturer’s directions.
  11. Now that your bathtub is prepared, you’ll want to clean the floor thoroughly before you install it.
  12. Once your floor is cleaned and dry, run a large bead of caulk around the bottom base of your bathtub and stand it upright.
  13. Run another large bead of caulk around the bathtub to fully secure it to the floor. Once the caulk is dry, you can wipe away any excess with a damp cloth.

Tools & Materials

  • Bathtub
  • Level
  • Blanket
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Silicone
  • Plumber's Putty
  • Caulk
  • Damp Cloth

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