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Installing a drop-in tub

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Probably won't be doing this til the spring, but been thinking about it a bit (my buddy is putting a tub in at his rental) and just want to know what I'm going to be up against.

This is how the bathroom sits now (minus the tub, pulled it out when we first moved in):

Drain and supply is on the right side of picture. Bathroom is on second floor but no access to plumbing from finished basement.

I plan on installing a drop-in tub, preferably flipped around so person would be facing to the left (out the window). Going to outline how I'm thinking it goes and any questions (bolded) below, please chime in since I don't have much of an idea how it's supposed to go....

- pull off old surround and carpet (yes, there's pink carpet on the walls....)
- pull up old linoleum
- cut off existing drywall, at least to where it's going to meet the deck of the new tub, probably higher and replace with greenboard or ..?
- build frame to place tub into. 3/4" plywood for decking on top of 2x4's
- cut out floor (joists run left to right) and run drain and water lines to left side.
set tub (on mortar bed from what I've seen on youtube)
- hook up drain and faucet
- test for leaks
- sheet sides of frame with greenboard or cement board?
- tile sides, deck and floor

- how do I know exactly where to put the drain? Do I build frame, place tub in and mark it then?
- does the p-trap need to go right after the drain or is it close enough I can run the line to the existing p-trap.
- do I need to tile on top of the deck before placing the tub or do I tile up the edge after it's set?
- if I have to replace the wall with greenboard/cement board, how high above the tub rim do I need to go if at all?
I probably missed some pretty huge steps, please fill in the blanks for me :jester:

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Question: Tub only, right? If there is a shower involved, forget the drop in tub.

Is the side wall an interior or exterior wall? If it is interior, I might consider putting the tub fill on the side. I'm no plumber - can you put plumbing in an exterior wall up in Canada?
Yep, tub only. The left side is an exterior wall but I have enough width that the plumbing can stay in the conditioned space (doesn't have to run up through exterior wall)
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