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Old 01-19-2010, 01:25 PM   #1
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Tips on handling tub during install?


I'll be installing a Sterling Vikrell tub shortly. I will be putting it in a mortar bed for support as well.

The alcove I'm putting it in is EXACTLY the size of the tub stud-to-stud, the bathroom is extremely small on top of that. I'm just trying to figure out the smartest way of lowering the unit in. Does anyone have any tips on this?

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Old 01-19-2010, 09:36 PM   #2
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TBS,
Have you tried to test fit it just to make sure it goes in? If it fits so tight that you almost have to force it, I would shave about 1/8" off the studs on one end. You don't have to shave the whole stud, just the area where the tub lip sits and maybe 8-10" above the lip. It helps to have just a bit of wiggle room. It should not be a tight friction fit between the studs or you will have a tough time pushing it into the mortar bed to seat it and also level it.
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Good advice Mike, what's the old saying: An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure? Or something like that. I've put a few tubs into some tight places, and some "wiggle" room sure sounds good. David
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TBS,
Have you tried to test fit it just to make sure it goes in? If it fits so tight that you almost have to force it, I would shave about 1/8" off the studs on one end. You don't have to shave the whole stud, just the area where the tub lip sits and maybe 8-10" above the lip. It helps to have just a bit of wiggle room. It should not be a tight friction fit between the studs or you will have a tough time pushing it into the mortar bed to seat it and also level it.
Mike Hawkins
I appreciate that, it's good advice! I will do that if necessary (probably). Thanks!
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