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truwest53 10-14-2006 06:06 PM

tub drain for remodel
I'm replacing a tub in a second story bath. I don't want to open the ceiling underneath to complete the drain connections. Is there a way to install the new tub and drain without making the drain connection from beneath after the tub goes in?

mdshunk 10-14-2006 07:01 PM

Sure. The same way they connect bath tubs when the house is on a slab. Through the hatch at the rear of the tub.

Bonus 10-15-2006 12:19 AM

It's nice to have access from the back but not necessary. While the tub is out you put all the plumbing in, just make sure it is where it needs to be (position and heights), then install the tub, screw in the plug assembly and attach the overflow.

Double A 10-22-2006 11:51 PM

If you're using a waste and overflow that has slip joint connections (if not soldered, screwed, caulked or glued together, then its slip joint), most model codes require permanent access.

What is behind the wall? A closet? Why not cut an access point in there?

Following Bonus' idea might sound good on paper, but nothing beats running a hand all around the new connections and putting an eyeball on them to insure there are no leaks.

truwest53 10-23-2006 10:48 PM

Thanks to all. I've everything exposed now and will be able to set the waste and overflow, then the tub and then the drain and overflow cover. I will still be able to get hands/mirror behind and check for leaks.

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