After buying that beautiful bathtub you wanted for so long, the next big thing you need to sort out is the assembling of bathtub drains. Bathtub types may be different, but the process of drain installation is common to all. Doing it yourself saves on time as well as cost, and a simple step by step approach will enable you to install the drains in a jiffy.
Step 1: Choosing the Drain Type
Bathtub drain kits are available in a number of finishes. They may be of bronze, nickel or even of chrome finish. Keeping in mind your bathtub material and bathroom interiors, select what kind you want. Remember to assemble the drain parts near the tub right from the beginning, so that you do not have to move the setup later. This reduces possibility of water leakage. If your tub is of porcelain or ceramic make, take extra care not to drop any heavy tools or parts on it. A bathtub crack is not good news.
Step 2: Insert Drain
Remove the nuts, washers and screws from the drain assembly and seal the corner or rim of the drain with putty. Align this along the hole or outlet of the drain and push it inside. You might need some help on this front as the rim needs to be held by someone else for some time. Do not try to perform this step all by yourself as it might lead to chances of water leakage later on.
Step 3: Install the Nuts and Gasket
Take the gasket and put it on the hooked part on the tub. Make sure it fits firmly. Connect the washer and the nuts to the pipe meant for the water flow outside. Repeat the same method on the shoe of the drain. The T-fitting available in the kit has to be fitted on the overflow pipe. Next join the drain pipe with it and fix up the nuts tightly. Do not apply too much pressure as the pipes might burst.
Step 4: Attach the Trap
Connect the T-fitting with the trap of the pipe. Be sure of having measured all the pipes properly and that all the connections have a snug fit. Apply a joining agent to the ends of the tail piece and finally insert it into the T-fitting of the trap pipe. Tighten the nuts in this area and install the washer properly. Connect the waste of the trap pipe by putting it inside the overflow pipe opening.
Step 5: Finishing Touches
To ensure that all the connections are secure, pour some water to see if there is any seepage. If not, apply glue around all the connecting joints of all parts. If all the steps are followed, your bathtub drains shall work perfectly for a long time. For replacements, the connections must be removed one by one and a new kit has to be assembled in the same manner as above. Run the taps to check the drains and congratulate yourself for the perfect installation.