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Old 04-23-2010, 10:05 AM   #1
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Hello all,

This is my first message, thank you for reading.

My pregnant wife and I are redoing the upstairs of our home, including the bathroom. We decided on a drop in tub (with showerhead) for our bathroom, and we'd like it to look something like this:

http://graniteandtileconcepts.com/Gallery/albums/Bath-Spaces/DSCF0748.sized.jpg

Enter father-in-law. He's our "contractor" and he's hiring all the help. He's also supervising the day-to-day work since we both have full-time jobs.

Here's our problem. The "carpenter" he hired completely ignored my measurements for a drop in tub and built what I can only assume he thought was "better" (I'm also not entirely convinced he can read). Attached are photographs.











As you can see, he left less than 1/4" clearance around the perimeter of the tub against the STUDS. The frame is also crooked so the tub is flush against the studs in some corners. Also, no clearance under the base of the tub for any backerboard.

I'm guessing that after backerboard and tile, this tub will look pretty stupid, and more importantly will have some leakage issues. My father in law is arguing with me that I have no idea what I'm talking about and that this is the way it should be. He's so stubborn that he actually made my wife cry today. But I digress...

Can someone please tell me what the minimum width should be between the wall studs and the base of the drop-in tub? I'm guessing 3/4" (1/2" for backerboard and 1/4" for tile)?

More importantly, can someone guide me in to the proper steps for correct installation? Should I install the backerboard on the wall first, then put up the frame against it?

Thanks in advance, much appreciated.

J

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Old 04-23-2010, 11:49 AM   #2
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Nevermind... Kohler solved the problem.

This tub isn't designed for a 3-wall alcove. I ordered the regular tub instead. This should solve all problems.

Thanks.

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The tub in the pics looks like its designed to drop into a deck that is bigger than the tub all the way around. The one you want has a flange around three sides to butt up against the studs. Also, don't be so hard on the father in law. The ol' fart may be smarter than you think. And who else are you going to get to babysit the job while you are at work?
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Keep the father-in-law happy. Keep the wife happy.
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Keep the father-in-law happy. Keep the wife happy.
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