I am replacing my old bath tub. The old one has been taken out. The space
is 60.5" x 32". The new bathtub measures 59.5" x 32". There is only one
inch of extra space lengthwise. I could remove some support posts at the
plumbing side to get an extra 1.5" lengthwise. That is 2.5" of space. I
cannot get more space without removing all the brand new plumbing that I
just installed. Am I kidding myself that I could move the bathtub into this
space? Any ideas are appreciated.
It can be done with a helper using an acrylic tub.
The hardest part is turning it into position once you get it in the room.
It depends on the tub you select. It also helps if the stud wall is exposed
on at least one side.
What you do is put the faucet end on the floor then lift the tub and lower
the other end toward the floor. Most of the tubs I have seen will then
settle into place because the non-faucet end has extra dead space. Then you
just slide it into place.
You might even be able to use one of those 2 or 3 piece models if you are
skinny enough to crawl out between 2 studs after attaching the back side
Yes this is an acrylic tub (actually a whirlpool) and not too heavy. I
did some quick calculations, but I can't figure out how to maneuver the
bathtub into place. The problem is with the skirt. It is rectangular and
measures 21" high x 59.5" long. If I move one end of the bathtub into
position and lower the other end, the bottom tip of the skirt at the
latter end would need approx 63" to clear the wall: sqrt(21*21+59.5*
59.5)c. I only have 60.5" of length space. If I push one end in, and
then push the other end, I would need even more space: 67.5". So,
lowering it into position seems to be the best way, but I still don't
see how it can be done with only 1" to spare.
As the previous poster suggested, you might need to have remove the
sheet rock and tile from one wall such that the skirt can be positioned
between two studs and then slide the tub into position once it is
horizontal. Once the tub is in place you will need to build the wall
out to close the 1/2" gap. So pick the wall that is easiest to build
out. Isn't bathroom renovation fun!
I'm currently faced witht he same problem, only there is barley 1/4"
In my case there is enough space in front of the niche to slip it in
I had the demo guys rip out the plaster and gyp-board lathe back to
the studs, all ther way out
to the end of the niche. This allowed them to get the old tub out.
However, the wall
forming one end of the niche has a door in it, and it looks like the
which sticks out 1" from the studs, is going keep the new one from
I cut a rectangle out of the box the tub came in to the exact size of
the tub rim
and there is no way it will slip in at the slight angle imposed by
that door frame.
I don't think tilting the tub end-to-end is going to gain anything.
So, out comes the door
frame. The project esculates!
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