Fitting a bath is one of those home DIY tasks that can be a bit intimidating: when you think of the water that the bath is to hold, and the mess it could make in your home if it sprung a leak, it’s pretty tempting just to call a professional right away. But with the right guidance, you could soon be fitting your own bath confidently and saving money as you do so…
Assembling the legs
When you’re fitting a bath, step one is generally to attach the legs. We’re using a Duo bath as our example here, and that’s the first thing we’re going to do.
Place the bath upside down on supports, using a protective sheet to help prevent any accidental scratches and scrapes.
Then screw one nut onto the end of four of the threaded bars provided. The nut should be 2cm from the end. Screw each threaded bar into a foot and tighten the foot up to meet the nut. Fit a second nut (and washer) to the other end of each of the threaded bars. Push the end of each bar through one of the holes in the end of the leg bar (the metal piece which will attach to the base of the bath), using another nut to secure the bars firmly in place.
Finally, put the central leg together (using a fifth threaded bar) and attach it to the central leg bracket, using the same procedure.
Attaching the legs to the bath
Place the two leg bars approximately 100mm in from either end of the bath’s baseboard, and place the central leg bar in the centre of the baseboard.
Check that you are using the correct length of screw (to prevent damage to the bath itself), then screw the leg bars firmly onto the baseboard.
Attach a plastic foot to the end of each of your remaining two threaded bars. Thread a nut onto the other end, screw the threaded bars into the two metal legs provided, and tighten.
Next, screw the two plastic leg holders in place: position them near to each end of the wooden batten just under the front lip of the bath. Push a metal leg into each of the leg holders and fix it in position with the screws provided.
Levelling up the bath
You can now turn the bath the right way up and level it by adjusting each of the legs. The bath should be perfectly level when in its final position in your bathroom, with each leg taking its share of the weight.
Bear in mind that your floor may undulate, so make sure you level up the bath in its final position.
Fitting the bath waste
Fit the large rubber washer onto the overflow mechanism and position it behind the overflow hole in the bath. Fit the chrome facia at the front of the hole, and lock it into position with the brass nut.
Fit another rubber washer to the waste body and position this on the underside of bath. Fit a final rubber washer to the underside of the waste flange. You can use a little silicone sealant between the washer and the bath to ensure this gap is fully watertight.
Connect the waste flange to the waste body through the bath and screw together until tight. Put the bath plug in position.
Place the overflow dial onto the brass spindle, pushing it on firmly, and tighten the screw. In this installation, we have positioned the tightening screw at the top, for ease of demonstration. Normally, the screw would be at the bottom, out of sight.
Twist the overflow dial to raise and lower the plug, and check that your plug is working correctly.
Installing the taps
If you plan to use deck mounted rather than wall mounted taps, you will need to drill tap holes in your bath. Most baths come without pre-drilled tap holes, so that you’re free to choose your preferred tap style.
Tape the bath (with masking tape) in the area in which the taps are to be fitted.
Measure the bath’s length, and mark the halfway point. Measure the position of the holes, which should be at 180mm centres and approx 28-30mm in diameter. The tap holes should be located midway across the bath’s edge. Mark the final location of your tap holes clearly with a pencil.
Drill pilot holes into the bath then, using a hole saw, drill the holes for the bath mixer tails. Remove the masking tape from your bath.
Place the bath mixer tails through the tap holes then, from underneath, fit the back nut washer and back nut to each mixer tail, and tighten with a spanner, securing your tap in place.
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