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Bathtub Installation Q & A with a Pro

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Are you thinking of replacing your pink bathtub?

Okay, maybe it’s not pink but from 1977.

In that case, we recommend tearing it out and start from scratch, lol.

Today you’re in for a treat, my buddy Steve White from SRW Contracting is answering questions about bathtubs.

Steve takes the mystery out of the demo, material, and weight restriction issues.

Hey, this is free advice from a guy that installs $40,000 bathrooms…

Now that’s pretty awesome if I do say so myself 😀

Getting Started

Steve remodels master bathrooms every week.

He’s the guy you call if you want to remodel a pink bathroom and turn it into a luxury experience.

What I’m saying is that we’re pretty freaking lucky he made this video, haha.

Listen to what he has to say and you’ll be one step closer to your own bathtub project getting started


What’s Next

Hopefully Steve’s answers help you with your project.

Our tutorials on how to install an acrylic bathtub and American Standard Americast tub are fantastic.

Grab our free guide if you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel – it shares how to remodel a bathroom in 10 days or less

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.


Jeff Patterson





P.S. If you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel in 2018 check out Bathroom Repair Tutor, you won’t be disappointed with the videos and one-on-one support.

P.P.S. Our online store has a ton of supplies for homeowners doing a bathroom remodel. You’ll find wedi shower systems, KBRS shower pans, tiling tools, and more.

  1. Ryan says:

    What is the best way to remove a cast iron tub? Bathroom is long and narrow just wide enough for the tub to fit in. What is the best material of tub to purchase for new install?

    1. Great question Ryan, you’ll have to use a sledgehammer to remove the cast iron tub…basically break it up into pieces and carry it out of the bathroom in small Brute garbage cans.

      It terms of the new tub, you should check out Kohler’s acrylic tubs and see what reviewers have to say. But the major name brands are good like Kohler, American Standard, Delta.

  2. Ken Kishtok says:

    We’re going to do our bathroom over; Sheetrock, tub, vanity, toilet, tile. Original is from 1925. Well as you know the boss says your not going to do it. With your help I really believe that I can. So what weekend did you say you were not doing anything to help me? I wish. Just wondering if you addressed reconstruction for elderly and people with special needs. Our population is getting older which includes me. I love your website, so good!

    1. Thanks Ken, a few things we’d recommend for a safer bathroom is to have slip resistant tile on the floors as well as grab bars in the tub/shower and near the toilet.

      Make sure to add wood blocking in the stud bays where you want to place the grab bars. That way the grab bar will be able to support anyone who grabs it.

      Putting in a wide doorway helps too, especially if anyone might need to use a wheelchair.

      Which brings me to the shower. Having a walk in shower is a must for older people. It’s easier to just walk in rather than hop over a tub.

      1. Ken Kishtok says:

        Jeff thank you for your insight. The floor, grab bars, higher toilet is what we will have. The dilemma is the shower. My wife states that if we sell the house down the road and it does not have a tub this will turn people off if they have children. I was trying to look for a 14 inch tub but only can find a cast iron one which is back to 300 plus pounds. I loved the bathroom Q &A and wanted to go acrylic but cannot find one. The project is being delayed. Saw an American Standard but seems like it was a compressed material and some pros did not like it. Over time it would crack. Please set me straight and maybe can’t have the best of both worlds. Maybe if we are here for another 20 years take a look at the situation at that time, reassess it and go from there

        1. Hey Ken, is this the only tub in your house? That would make a difference upon resell. I know that Steve likes Kohler tubs as well. Cast iron is really the best, even though it’s mighty heavy.

  3. JD says:

    If you are installing larger, heavy tile on a shower wall, do you need some sort of ledger board to get started so the weight is supported? If so, where do you place it to get started?

    1. You need to place the tile on top of spacers that are supported by the tub. The spacers need to be 1/16″ or 1/8″ and plastic, not rubber. Then you can work your way up the tub wall.

      We’ll eventually have a good tutorial on this down the road.

      We recommend using Ardex X 77 thinset mortar because it will hold large format tiles to the wall with no problem.

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