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Old 12-30-2011, 04:47 PM   #31
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Nope, no basement... House has a slab foundation

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Old 12-30-2011, 04:57 PM   #32
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Well for what it is worth...
I have fought way too many of those things over the years and I learned a long time ago not to keep frustrating myself with them.

I would take out the concrete patch, remove the existing fittings and be in a position to start anew when the time comes. I would think you would want to use anew overflow and drain kit anyway. You can install the waste and overflow, position the tub where it needs to be in relation to the walls and then rig-it-up through the access hole. Half the work will be done when the tub is in position. Any adjustment you will need comes at the end anyway when you attach the drain to the egress.

After everything is rigged and tested you can then fill-in the hole in the floor if you can't live with it being open.
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I agree---open slab--remove old drain set--add new P-trap---assemble drain set to tub and set tub drain attached (be sure to have nut and washer on drain set before lowering into hole)---
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:04 PM   #34
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Any advice for replacing the valve and shower head?
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You will need to learn to solder or find someone who already knows---

there may be a solderless method---but I am not the one for that---
Let's see what others have to suggest---Mike---
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:43 PM   #36
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Still looking for advice for replacing the 3 piece valve setup with a one piece... I am hoping to buy the stuff for that tomorrow.

Also, I have cleaned out around the drain and think I have it dug out down below where the drain screws onto the plumbing in the slab...I see no P trap.

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Is there a trap down in the sand?

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Still looking for advice for replacing the 3 piece valve setup with a one piece... I am hoping to buy the stuff for that tomorrow.
Go buy your new valve first. You'll need some fittings and a stick of copper if you intend to sweat the piping. Four or five male adapters, a drop ear, some elbows, a few connectors, you know stuff like that. It depends on what you have in mind.

Have you ever sweated copper before?
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No, never have! Was hoping to use shark bites to adapt the copper to pex or something along those lines.

I will dig down further tomorrow...after working last night then getting up today and working on this I am beat! Headed to bed...
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There is a P-trap right under that trap adapter--(threaded fitting)

Do you have your new tub on site yet? Check the measurements--old P-trap might be in the right place.

That happens so rarely that I assume a new one is needed ----

When you choose your tub mixer valve --let us know the brand and we will walk you through installing it---Delta--Moen--Kohler are the top three choices in my book--Avoid American Standard--big trouble getting parts when you need them.

Soldering is not that difficult---slip fittings like Shark bites are pricey and I am nervous about a fitting like that buried behind tile work--a failure would be expensive--heartbreaking,too.
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I do not have the tub yet, hoping to get it today along with the drain, valve and whatever else I need to do this.

We have dug a couple more inches and still found no P trap...does it really need to be replaced or can I simply change everything out above the threaded fitting?
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It looks like a drain coming from my sink which is on the other side of the wall, then the drain goes downward. I have stuck a clotheshanger into the dirt all around it and hit nothing.
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We made the trip to Lowes today and bought a tub and the fixtures for it. We dry fit the tub and it looks like the drain is about an inch off so I am hoping that will not be too big a problem.

Anyone know of any problems with using cpvc for the plumbing? The guy at Lowes really seemed to know everything about this tub installation and suggested sweating the copper...when I said I would rather not, his next suggestion was a shark bite fitting to adapt from the copper to cpvc. Besides fears of leaking shark bites, anyone know of any problems with doing this?

We also bought a Kohler toilet so we may be installing that this evening! Done that before!
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An inch off in what direction?

What type of drain set did you get?

I can't help on the shark bite stuff--no experience.
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Left to right or side to side not sure which way to call it.

Not sure of the brand since I am not home, but it is schedule 40 with button type plug
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I think we have decided to let a plumber hook up my tub drain and do the plumbing for the fixtures. He came out and quoted me 300 to do it. His references and BBB rating check out so I think we will take the easy way out on the plumbing then finish the bathroom ourselves.

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