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Old 04-11-2009, 06:50 PM   #16
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I went through a similar situation 2 years ago. We were redoing the whole master bed/bath. We were lucky that we were installing pocket doors into the bathroom, so that gave us room to get the tub through in the correct position to the corner cove of the bathroom. We had to relocate the supply side access from the master bedroom to a different bedroom. There is also limited drain access from the same location. If we had to, we could add a trap door in the laundry area below to access the drain, but I'm only doing it if we run into a major problem.

Make sure if you remove any studs to get the tub in, that they are not load bearing, or if they are, support the wall in another place nearby.
It looks like we're only going to be able to remove one stud, and that should be enough space to get it in. There is very limited space in the hallway, so if we had to go further, we'd be taking out the hall wall as well as the bathroom one. Eeek! It looks like we can just remove the trim around the door and then the one stud to the side of it and that should give us enough space to get it in.

Our access panel won't be too bad because it's in the back of the closet. I was told I should have a vent anyway because of the heat it can generate, so we'll just put a vent cover on the access panel.
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Old 04-17-2009, 01:37 PM   #17
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To answer your question from earlier, personally I don't like the idea of a poly barrier at all. If it were up to me, my two options would be #15 roofing felt as a barrier behind the CBU, or redgard the CBU after its been taped. My preference ultimately for a tub surround would be to redgard... For a shower with a shower pan, Kerdi membrane. Keep in mind that if you do Redgard and choose Hardiebacker as your CBU - you need to prime the CBU with a 4 part water to 1 part Redgard primer coat prior to redgarding - this will seal off the very pourous fiber material and keep it from slurping the water out of the redgard. Do not run the CBU or tile to the deck of the tub. Overlap the flange but stop 1/4" above as Bob told you to. The space left behind by the tile will be caulked later, with a full tub of water to ensure the weight doesn't pull on the caulking later. Look to your tub manufacturer for what kinds of caulk can be used!
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Thank you very much! I hadn't thought about the full tub necessity for the caulking. Good point!

Right now I don't have a choice of going back to redguard. The poly is already up and the tub is FINALLY in the alcove. I managed to get our contractors in to do it (it was a serious PITA). They had to twist four of the studs and it still took three hours. Right now I'm dealing with a squeak that we're trying to fix before backerboard. I don't have hardibacker for the tub surround, just regular concrete backer board. They didn't have the 1/2" in hardibacker at the store.

Anything else I need to be aware of before putting up the backerboard?
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Well, any updates? I'm sure you've got it all finished by now. Can we see before and after pics?
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Whirlpool tub installation


Ok,
After reading this post I'm starting to get panic attacks. I'm about to rip out my old tub and install a whirlpool model. Several questions:
1. The "Pros" at Lowes told me I need to build a mortar bed to set the tub into to act as support for the bottom. Is this true?

2. My master bath is on the first floor of my house which has a cement slab. What is going to be involved in shifting the drain to one side to accommodate the additional width of the new tub?

3. I'm using a drop in tub, so do I need to be concerned with all that talk about overlapping the flange of the tub with the cement backerboard and tile, etc?
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Legitimate questions indeed crashley1784, however, you need to repost these questions in a new thread of your own in this section so our guys can see it! I can delete this post after you do that if you wish.
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