Follow these tips for installing a clafoot tub for a quick and easy installation. Clawfoot tubs are self-supporting and easier to install than a regular built-in-floor bathtub. You can put one of these tubs into your bathroom yourself, but please be aware that many manufacturers will not offer a warranty unless you are a licensed plumber.
You will need a few tools to install your new tub. These include a pipe wrench, level, PVC saw, PVC glue and primer, one and one-half-inch transition adapter, and a thread sealant.
The first thing you should do is to decide where you want your clawfoot tub installed. Consider the location of floor joists beneath the tub. When you set it, be sure that it is level and use porcelain tub feet coasters if it will be on a glossy-tiled floor. Be sure to have someone help you with moving the tub.
Next, you will want to fit the waste and overflow to your tub. Be sure to omit putty from under the drain shoe, and leave off the tub waste nipple that screws into the bottom of the waste tee.
Install the faucets and risers, which should reach down to the floor, and move the clawfoot tub into proper position. Make note of the position of the waste and the two risers.
Be sure to drill holes into the floor when you are certain of the exact position on where you want the tub to sit. This is an essential task, as it will keep it secured to the bathroom floor.
Add the water lines next, and be sure to turn the valves off for the time being while you're still working. The waste, overflow and putty should be installed and tightened afterward, and then you can move the tub back into the desired position.
Now, you are ready to install the drain nipple into the waste tee. After the drain nipple is installed, raise one end of the tub and align it with the drain nipple. Once aligned, release it back into place. Finally, connect the drain nipple to the waste, and use a good sealant to seal the holes you drilled into the floor.
Once everything is finished, you should reward yourself by taking a relaxing bath in your new clawfoot tub. After all the hard work, you'll deserve it!