Bathtubs: How to Remove, Repair or Replace a Bathtub

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Bathtubs and showers sustain heavy use and are frequently scoured, so it's not surprising they eventually need to be replaced. This section shows how to remove an old tub and install a new one, as well as how to install a tub or shower enclosure.

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Plan the whole job
Some inspectors don't require an inspection for fixture replacements. As long as no new drain or supply pipes are to be installed, no permit will be required. But check with your building department; this is a major job. It's to your benefit to have an inspector sign off on it. If you are running new lines for a shower, be sure to schedule inspections.

Replacing a tub or installing a shower is a remodeling project, involving not only plumbing but also carpentry, wall repair, and perhaps tiling. Count the cost and prepare for all aspects of the job. Allow yourself plenty of time. Just patching and painting a wall can take several days.

Leaks below a bathroom
If water drips from the ceiling below a bathroom, incompletely sealed walls and floors or cracked tiles are usually the cause -- not necessarily the plumbing. Even a small gap in caulking or grout can provide a pathway for stray water. By the time you notice a leak, there may be serious damage to walls, ceilings, and framing members. Every few months inspect the grout and caulk. Encourage family members to dry off in the tub or to use an absorbent rug so that water does not puddle on the floor.

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