Easy Bathtub Installation Tip for New Home Construction and Some Remodeling Projects



here is a tip for all you home builders and remodelers that could save you a lot of grief and frustration if you have to install a bathtub simply leave the wall studs out on one side and you'll be able to install the bathtub a little easier anyone who has installed a bathtub knows exactly what I'm talking about and for those of you who have not installed a bathtub trust me if you can if and this is only going to be good for a new for new construction or a room addition type of construction you will not want B to your benefit to remove a wall in your existing home where you already have a bathroom and all you're going to be doing is changing out the bathtubs you will actually have to struggle to get the bathtub in but I don't think it'd be to your benefit to tear into the walls and make a big mess but it could always be another option if you have a problem putting the tub in let's take a look at what it would look like after it's done here we have the studs that we installed the wall framing studs and in this case too you can actually make the bathroom the exact size I know a lot of framers add a quarter of an inch instead of making a 5-foot wide bath bathroom they will make it five-foot in 1/4 or 5-foot and 3/8 to give the plumber some extra room to install the tub but sometimes that involves furring out the walls on one or both sides that's not always going to be the best way but leaving these wall studs out that is a fantastic idea and works worked for me great now here's a situation where there is a cast-iron bathtub if you have something like this where you have a tub it's a heavy tub and it's going to be sitting on top of the flooring simply leave the front wall out you can frame the back wall if there is a back wall but leave the front one out after the tub is installed then put the frame the wall and this provides you with two benefits one you can install heavy tubs easier too you can get the exact height you want for your framing I can't tell you how many times I've had the tub and I've measured it and or had it in a box and it wasn't installed and tried to get the right measurement what a nightmare you know the tubs upside down in a box and you're trying to figure out how what this height is and it never seems to work out something like this will work well for you and the plumber now let's go ahead and take a look at what it would look like if you had a few framed walls and a bathroom a bathtub with a bathra bathtub and in a bathroom there sorry about that so here we have the bathtub and the walls the distance between here can be like I said five foot if you remove the wall studs so putting the bathtub in this spot right here is not going to be an easy task trust me you're going to have to maneuver you're going to have a tough time especially if the plumbing is already installed I'm recommending to put the bathtub in before you put the shower valves in or the bathtub valves a lot of times I've seen people come in they put the bathtub valve where you turn it on or off the hot and cold water with the spicket they put it in and they can get the bathtub in it's just a complete nightmare they end up they got to tear everything apart just to get the bathtub in so all I'm suggesting is that you remove a few studs and then make your task a little easier to put it in out this makes sense don't forget to hit the old thumbs up button and your thumbs up are always greatly appreciated and thanks for watching these videos don't forget to share them with your friends you

9 Comments

  • Mark Won

    April 12, 2019

    so glad i caught this tip in time… it looks like it saved me a lot of grief. thank you sir!

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  • Cristhian Morales Bravo

    April 12, 2019

    very nice good work

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  • Will Willwill

    April 12, 2019

    I sent a message on another one of your videos and I'm unsure how to frame a tub if the tub is uneven from the floor at it's ends? It measures 45 centimeters at the drain end and 41 centimeters at the head end, from the floor. Again, thanks for sharing another great video.

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  • Justin Kmetzsch

    April 12, 2019

    great tip about the wall! I am just about to frame in the walls and I am glade that I watched this.

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  • Nick Collins

    April 12, 2019

    Why not plumb into a corner with the bath just against two walls, not three. Build a frame and panel to cover the end

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  • Chung Niem

    April 12, 2019

    I have just completed a drop in tub install for a newer customer. From previous jobs, my tile guys told me it doesn't matter if the drop in tub is installed before or after the tiling. Both methods can be done. As usual, I have been asked to install a drop in tub with just the framing done. After the install, their tile guy has just told the homeowner the tiling is always done before the drop in tub.

    I can see you guys have also installed the tub before the tiling. Since I have started my trade, I have been told it doesn't matter if the tub is installed before or after… they can make it work. Please let me know what you think. Thanks!!

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  • DIY Apprentice

    April 12, 2019

    I'm remodeling a bathroom on the first floor of my house, and I'm installing a 5-foot cast iron tub with an integral apron. The width of the room is 60 1/8" the whole length, so I have to remove a stud I'd installed to close up a doorway on the side of the room then slide the tub in and push it against the back wall. The good thing is that the wall wasn't finished in the other room yet – phew! I didn't think it would be that hard to install the tub when I first started this project.

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  • Batsen Belfry

    April 12, 2019

    Yessir, that's how I do it. Long time plumber. Trying to roll a tub in a close space isn't pretty. I take my Sawzall and cut the nails holding the studs. I mark where they are beforehand and reinstall with screws. Another big thing is to use a good tub protector.

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  • MrMac5150

    April 12, 2019

    Good tip.

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