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Old 01-13-2010, 05:24 PM   #1
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How to level a tub?


We are to the point of installing our new Sterling Vikrell tub and surround. Everything is pretty level except along the back wall of the tub. It slopes down towards the wall about a 1/2 inch.

The bottom of the Sterling tub has little support feet all over the bottom of the tub. If we shim the back side of the tub, then all the support feet wont be resting on the floor.

How do we solve this problem and get the tub level?
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:36 PM   #2
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Place some sandmix or mortar under the tub before setting this is good practice even if the feet are touching.
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thinset would also work,i guess it could be considered mortar also.for steel tub id anchor a 2x4 along the wall for back edge of tub to rest on
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Try the options mentioned. 1/2 is a fair gap though. You sure you do not have subfloor issue that need to be addressed before you install the tub?
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Old 01-14-2010, 07:19 AM   #5
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Shim the floor so the feet touch them and use a board nailed or screwed to the wall for the tub edge to rest on. If this is not a steel or cast iron tub, use a mortarbed under it to prevent cracking the tub later. Just don't add mortar to the area under the feet. In other words, level the floor so the feet touch and add a mortarbed. Place a sheet of plastic down first since the mortar liquid will soak up into the flooring if you don't. I use a container of premixed mortar for this.
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Keep in mind, there has to be a slight slope towards the drain, or else you will have water standing.
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The pitch for drainage is built into the tub.
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the instructions dont say anything about puting a ledger board to support the edge of the tub to rest on.

it gets fastened to the studs using clips. I was just wondering how much mortar, what kind, and do i put plastic down first and on top between the mortar and the tub
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