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Old 02-05-2010, 12:37 AM   #16
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I was kind of surprised there was no cement board or vapor barrier behind the shower but maybe with a one piece unit it is not necessary. A lot of people would put it in anyway. Not sure what's required.

I ran into same linoleum issue when doing a shower and the base was two inchs deeper than the old one. Wouldn't sit flat unless the flooring was trimmed, but since the tub can be leveled without the apron, no issue with yours, I suspect. Are issue was moot anyway as we ended up deciding to get rid of the linoleum and tiling the floor.

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Old 02-05-2010, 01:47 AM   #17
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No backerboard behind the surround ?
Is the fiberglass strong enough ?

I guess your old one didn't have any either
My last house had sheetrock behind the fiberglass for support
Seconded.....

One piece units are flimsy to begin with, 3 and 4 piece units are worse, but when you just buy walls to put on a jacuzzi tub.

I can't tell if you mortared underneath the tub or not. What is keeping it from moving around on you?

I would have gotten rid of that valve. It'll work, but it will take forever to fill that tub with that valve. You need a tub filler (3/4" inlet), not a tub/shower valve (1/2" inlet and about 1/4" orifice inside of valve).

Looks good though.
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No backerboard behind the surround ?
Is the fiberglass strong enough ?

I guess your old one didn't have any either
My last house had sheetrock behind the fiberglass for support
Nope, these shower walls mount directly to the studs.
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I was kind of surprised there was no cement board or vapor barrier behind the shower but maybe with a one piece unit it is not necessary. A lot of people would put it in anyway. Not sure what's required.

I ran into same linoleum issue when doing a shower and the base was two inchs deeper than the old one. Wouldn't sit flat unless the flooring was trimmed, but since the tub can be leveled without the apron, no issue with yours, I suspect. Are issue was moot anyway as we ended up deciding to get rid of the linoleum and tiling the floor.
We did have a leveling issue when we set the tub in. Two of the foam feet were sitting on the linoleum, causing it to be unbalanced. To fix it, we could have shimmed the other feet, or just shaved 3/8" off of the two ft. So I cut the two ft down. It sits fine now.
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Seconded.....

One piece units are flimsy to begin with, 3 and 4 piece units are worse, but when you just buy walls to put on a jacuzzi tub.

I can't tell if you mortared underneath the tub or not. What is keeping it from moving around on you?

I would have gotten rid of that valve. It'll work, but it will take forever to fill that tub with that valve. You need a tub filler (3/4" inlet), not a tub/shower valve (1/2" inlet and about 1/4" orifice inside of valve).

Looks good though.
There is no mortar underneath the tub. The tub has like 8 hard foam feet that it sits on for support.

I looked around for a tub filler that would mount to a wall, because I still need it to second as a shower divider with that pull stop. So the best I could find was a longer unit that would reach farther into the tub. It takes about 10-12 minutes to fill the tub.

Oh, and this 3 pc wall are not your cheapy flimsy type. They are the P23 model at Lowes. Check them out guys, they are sturdy as can be.
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There is no mortar underneath the tub. The tub has like 8 hard foam feet that it sits on for support.

I looked around for a tub filler that would mount to a wall, because I still need it to second as a shower divider with that pull stop. So the best I could find was a longer unit that would reach farther into the tub. It takes about 10-12 minutes to fill the tub.

Oh, and this 3 pc wall are not your cheapy flimsy type. They are the P23 model at Lowes. Check them out guys, they are sturdy as can be.
K, the mortar is not for support, it's to lock the feet on the tub in place so that it won't shift. If it shifts, your drain gets tweaked. Drain tweak = leaks or broken pipe. I would try to secure it to the floor in some manner if i were you.
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There were 4 tie down straps, 2 on each side that I'll screw to the floor.

Thanks for the heads up on this!
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Did you set the base in thin-set mortar? I'm in the process of installing a tub myself along with a complete bathroom renovation literally from the subfloor up. I have read where some do this and others say it is not necessary as long as your floor is level. Other than that, the job looks great. Did you make your 4 day window other than building the front apron? Also, was it an option to buy a unit with an apron included?

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Did you set the base in thin-set mortar? I'm in the process of installing a tub myself along with a complete bathroom renovation literally from the subfloor up. I have read where some do this and others say it is not necessary as long as your floor is level. Other than that, the job looks great. Did you make your 4 day window other than building the front apron? Also, was it an option to buy a unit with an apron included?
Some tubs come with apron option, others do not. Depends on the style you choose.

You should set the base in mortar, not to level an unlevel floor, but simply to keep it from sliding around. It doesn't have to be much, just enough to lock the 'legs' in place, and support the tub so that the water weight is not being transferred onto the 'lip' of the tub.

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