When remodeling a bathroom, most people discover that the bathtub is the hardest part of all. This is mostly due to the fact that it is a very large, heavy item that requires you to work in a tight area. Even though it is not always easy to install a new bathtub, it can be done by most of the people who want to do it themselves. You just need to prepare ahead of time and make sure that everything will fit the way you want it to.

Unless you plan to gut the entire bathroom, you need to take accurate measurements of the tub that is already in place. The reason for this is simple. If your tub fits inside of its own little cubby hole and it is surrounded by walls on three sides, a new bathtub that is just a little smaller or larger could cause you major issues when installing. If your measurements are true, you will have a simple installation that may be a little annoying, but not impossible to manage.

Your first step is going to be removing your old bathtub and then add the braces for your new tub. You need to measure it out and follow the directions from the tub manufacturer to find out where the ledger boards need to go. This will be followed by you attaching the plumbing for the new bathtub to the pipes you have installed in your home. The tub will need to be put into place during this time as well, so unless you have a good access panel, it could be the hardest part of your installation.

Once you have finished with the plumbing, it will be time to secure the tub. You may have to drill holes if there are none. After that is finished, you will want to nail the tub to each stud within your walls. If the holes do not align with the studs, you may want to re-drill or nail the studs just above the flange so that he nail heads will catch the flange.

If you are installing a freestanding tub, you will have a lot fewer issues with the installation process. Especially if you already have a free standing tub and the new one will be able to use the same plumbing as the one you want to replace.

If you are in the process of remodeling your bathroom, there are a few things you need to consider. Mostly, it involves the space that you have in your bathroom. You need enough space for your bathroom vanity if you are changing it out, you need the space for cabinets and shelving that you may want put into the bathroom, and you also need to consider the size of your shower stall or tub. The tub is perhaps the most difficult. For some reason, people who hope to change it out often feel that one tub is just like all others, except for claw foot tubs. Those people also end up disappointed when their new tub does not work. To save you from making the same mistake, you should find out what type of things to consider before installing a new bathtub.

Before you head off on a shopping adventure, you need to first look at the tub inside your home. If your tub is surrounded by walls, you need to measure the bathtub. If you purchase a tub that is not an exact fit for the cubby hole your tub sits into, you may have to work extra hard to move your walls around. You should also take measurements to ensure that taking out the old tub and bringing in the new one will be easy to do. There have been times when people attempted to change out their bathtub only to discover that the bathtub would not fit through their bathroom door. While standing beside your tub, take notice of which end of the tub has your water supply. You will want to find another tub that has it on that side if you want to avoid re-plumbing your bathroom.

When you go shopping, take your list of measurements with you. Do not hesitate to measure the bathtubs that you like to make sure that it will fit. A store employee may be able to help you narrow down your choices by looking at your measurements. If you have a tub with unique measurements, they may also be able to order the tub style that you want in a size that will fit the area you have available. This way, when you go home and start working to improve your bathroom, you will know that it will go smoothly from start to finish.