Congratulations on taking on the task of installing a bathtub drain kit on your new bathtub! With a little bit of patience and attention to detail, you can complete this project on your own and enjoy a fully functioning bathtub in no time.
Step-by-step drain kit replacement:
- Gather your tools and materials. You will need a basin wrench, adjustable pliers, a screwdriver, silicone caulk, and your new bathtub drain kit.
- Remove the old drain. Start by removing the old drain from the bathtub. Use the basin wrench to loosen the nut that holds the drain in place and lift the drain out of the tub.
- Install the new drain. Take your new drain and place it in the opening where the old drain was removed. Use the adjustable pliers to tighten the nut and secure the drain in place.
- Install the overflow plate. The overflow plate is the piece that covers the hole where the excess water flows out of the tub. Simply place the overflow plate over the hole and use the screwdriver to secure it in place with the screws provided in the kit.
- Caulk around the drain and overflow plate. To ensure a watertight seal, use a bead of silicone caulk around the edges of the drain and overflow plate. Smooth the caulk with a wet finger to create a seamless finish.
- Test the drain. Once the caulk has had time to dry, fill the tub with water and check to make sure the drain is functioning properly. If everything is working as it should, you’re all done!
Remember to take your time and follow the instructions carefully. With a little bit of elbow grease, you can successfully install a bathtub drain kit and enjoy your new bathtub for years to come.
Replacing the over flow pipe and drain pipe
To complete the installation of your bathtub drain kit, you will need to replace the PVC overflow pipe and tub drain pipe and connect them to the main drain. Here are the steps to follow:
- Gather your tools and materials. You will need PVC primer, PVC cement, a PVC pipe cutter, and your new PVC overflow and tub drain pipes.
- Measure and cut the pipes. Measure and cut the PVC overflow and tub drain pipes to the correct length using the PVC pipe cutter. Make sure to leave enough length for the pipes to reach the main drain and for any necessary fittings.
- Dry fit the pipes. Before applying the primer and cement, test the fit of the pipes to make sure everything is properly aligned. Make any necessary adjustments before moving on to the next step.
- Prime the pipes and fittings. Using a clean cloth or brush, apply a thin coat of PVC primer to the inside and outside of the pipes and fittings. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application.
- Apply the cement. Once the primer has had time to dry, apply a layer of PVC cement to the same areas where you applied the primer. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for proper application.
- Assemble the pipes. Quickly fit the pipes and fittings together while the cement is still wet. Use adjustable pliers to gently tighten any necessary fittings and ensure a secure connection.
- Test the connections. Once the cement has had time to dry, test the connections by running water through the pipes and checking for any leaks. If everything is functioning properly, you’re all set!
By following these steps and using the proper tools and materials, you can successfully replace the PVC overflow and tub drain pipes and connect them to the main drain. Proper use of PVC primer and cement is crucial to ensure a strong and watertight connection. If you are unsure about any of the steps or are not comfortable attempting the repairs yourself, it is always best to consult a professional plumber for assistance.