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Old 01-26-2010, 10:44 PM   #1
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Bathtub Drain Assembly Install When No Access?


I'm putting in a new tub and there is virtually no access to the underside/back parts of the tub once it's in place (my house is on a slab and there's a furnace right next to the front part of the tub).

How do I install the drain assembly? All the instructions say to put it on the tub, then lower the tub into position, but then I'd be blindly connecting to the drain without any way to secure it with a compression fitting.

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You can buy a tub that has a removable front panel.....thereby gaining access for your installation tasks.

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You can buy a tub that has a removable front panel.....thereby gaining access for your installation tasks.

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I wish I could! I can only use a narrow tub because the alcove is exactly 30" wide stud to stud. I could only find one tub (Performa by Sterling) that fits, and it doesn't have an access panel!

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you are gonna have to build the waste and overflow out of ABS or PVC on the tub then after glue sets pull it off of tub then set trap in the ground for the waste and overflow and last thing you do is set the tub back in and reconnect drain and overflow. A lot easier said than done.
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you are gonna have to build the waste and overflow out of ABS or PVC on the tub then after glue sets pull it off of tub then set trap in the ground for the waste and overflow and last thing you do is set the tub back in and reconnect drain and overflow. A lot easier said than done.
Can I use compression fittings at all since it will be inaccessible? Or does it all have to be glued?
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It should all be glued because it is not accessible. Compression fittings tend to leak eventualy and you will be unable to reach it to replace gasket/ferrule.

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