How to Install New Bathtub Fixtures

What You'll Need
Stud finder
Plumber's grease
Plumber's tape

There are many kinds of bathtub fixtures that you can install which range from shower heads and faucets to an entirely new bathtub. Installing these features require you to be able to know your way around basic plumbing systems as well as being completely prepared for anything you may face during the installation process. The following article will give you a basic overview on how bathtub fixtures are installed but each fixture may have a slightly different installation process.

Step 1 - Preparation

Being prepared is always the first step when dealing with any installation of bathtub fixtures. The last thing you want to do is cause a flood in your home. So always be sure that the water leading to the fixtures in the bathroom is turned off. Be prepared for some water to come out of pipes as you work because water does get trapped. Use the stud finder to find the wall studs behind the tiles and fixtures where you want your new fixtures. Take the time to check the new fixture you want to install and see if it requires extra framing. This is especially important when you remove an old bathtub to replace it. The new tub could be heavier than the last one. You need to imagine it filled with water as well as yourself. You may actually have to open the ceiling to add additional support to the floor.

Step 2 - Remove Old Fixtures

You will need to use a wrench to remove any of the old fixtures. It offers you that torque and grip you need in order to twist existing fixtures. Once you have the old fixture removed you will want to take off any trim that is in the area as well as any plumber's tape, silicone or other adhesive. Depending on the fixtures you are removing you may need to use a screwdriver to remove certain elements. For tough connections you can utilize the plumber's grease to help the removal process. When you are removing fixtures like faucets you may have to remove the entire bathtub or take away tiles to gain access to the items fastening them in place.

Step 3 - Installing the New Bathtub Fixtures

Prior to placing the new fixtures you should always use the plumber's grease in generous amounts to the seal of the fixtures. This prevents the rubber seals from drying or rotting. The other thing to pay close attention to is the new seals you will make when you place the fixtures. The better the seal you make means that you will have less chance of your fixtures leaking and causing water waste. The threads on a fixture is the usual culprit for this problem. Use the plumber's tape around the threads by tightly wrapping it around. You can now install the fixtures according to the directions provided. Once installed, turn the water on and test the fixtures. You will be able to check for leaks as well as proper water flow.