We just had a plumber install a fiberglass tub for us. Since he was by
himself, I was helping out with the installation. While we were
removing the old tub, there was a 2 by 4 support going across. He said
that support is not needed for fiberglass since he was going to screw
it to the wall; so he removed it. He said they never put support when
he installs fiberglass. Is this a common practice? From all the how-to
articles I've read, they all say you need the support.
Well, you can always check the manufacturers recommendation, try their website.
I have installed a few, the ones I used did not need wall support. They just
get screwed through the mounting flange into the studs, and a layer of mortar
underneath for floor suppor is optional, but I always do it.
Thanks for a quick replay.
In the installation guide it does show you need stringers (it
's American Standard mode 1713). I've paid the guy in full, and I don't
think he's coming back to fix it. I was curious if there is a danger
if we let it be the way it is or if I should get somebody else to fix
I Strongly agree with the mortar or at least dump a bucket of drywall
compound under the tub for support.
It is such an easy step and it is almost never done because the plumber or
remodeler dosent want to take the time to do the job the way they would do
it for their own home.
Without it you get a serious amount of friction on the seal not to mention
the noise and posibility of caulk or tile failure if it is a half tub with
Its like what 10 minutes labor and $20 materials
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