This is the first of two posts concerning the installation of a new
whirpool tub, an American Standard Williamsburg Elite 5' with integra
apron. I'm splitting up the posts because they are on different subject
This is my first tub installation. Demolition and removal of the old one
(a plain steel tub) took much of the weekend. Quite a learning
Anyway, here's my first question: How exactly do I set up the mortar
The installation instructions for the new tub say:
"This bath is not self-supporting and must be supported along it's [sic]
entire bottom. Support with mortar or grout. ... We recoommedn the use
of mortar as bedding material (sand is not recommended. Apply enough
bedding to support the complete bottom of the bath. After the bedding
has been poured, and before it sets, position whirlpool or bath within
recess... allow the bedding material to completely harden before
applying weight to the rim or bottom of the bath."
There is a diagram, that just shows an amorphous area representing the
What do I do, just mix up a bunch of mortar and slop it onto the rough
floor? The instructions give no indication about how much is needed, or
how to contain it in the area needed, or even the dimensions showing
exactly where the mortar needs to be.
Should I put a plastic sheet down directly on the rough floor to make it
easier for the next guy to pull this tub some years from now, rather
than having to rip the tub out of the mortar?
I'm a little freaked out by this mortar thing. Any advice would be much