What are Your Options
The installation of a bathroom can be one of the biggest challenges for new house owners who have never dealt with this issue. Increasingly more people have started turning to online freeads to avoid the stress of dealing with basins, pipes and tiles. While this is certainly a reasonable and accessible option, there always needs to be some sort of understanding, on the customer’s side, of what kind of work will be needed and what the best options will be.
This will help with better planning and avoid unwanted misunderstandings with handymen who come to your aid, or maybe even inspire you to go the DIY way. We have had a quick look at the process of mounting bath tubs and basins in order to help you understand them better.
Usually the most sizeable piece of the bathroom, the installation of a new bath tub will require the removal of the previous one, which in most cases will also imply having to displace temporarily or get rid of the old tiles.
Tub boxings will usually need to be replaced because the new tub will almost certainly have a different shape. You should also think twice about changing the position of the bathtub.. This decision requires different pipe works which you’d have to replace or extend beforehand.
You could, however, decide to keep some timber from the boxing as you’ll be able to find ways to recycle it.
Next up, you’ll need to attach the feet, and in order to do so you’ll have to keep the bath in its packaging to avoid scratches. During the fitting of the legs it will be important to mind the imperfections of the floor as this can often be uneven.
Also positioning the taps won’t be as easy as you would think, and we suggest using a gasket in between their bottom and the tub. Once a top-hat washer is inserted, the back nut will then have to be tightened. Only then you’ll be ready to insert a flexible pipe tap connector.
Positioning, Space and Height
Either you or a handyman will successively have to think about the waste and overflow, and wooden reinforcements for the bath will need to be placed under the feet. These will help its steadiness and prevent any trouble with the floor or tub stability.
The final touches for the tub will then involve a good waterproof seal to prevent the surrounding area from suffering water infiltrations, but this should be a quite straightforward process.
When deciding to install a sink you’ll first of all have to plan ahead for its waste, which has to be linked to the waste stack of the house, and which shouldn’t go over 3 meters, and will have to slope 6mm every 300mm.
Some common sense will lead you through the process of choosing the right positioning, making sure that there’s enough room for you to bend over the basin and it is also placed at an adequate height.
You’ll then have to check that the basin is positioned horizontally before fixing it to the wall, and for this purpose you’ll need a spirit level.
Different kinds of basins will then require different procedures and instruments. There are three main kinds of basins out there: inset basins, pedestal sinks and wall-hung basins.
An inset one might require to carve the top of the structure with a jigsaw blade in order to insert your basin, a pedestal sink will involve more drilling and plugging of holes, a wall-hung basin will require someone to help you hold the basin before you fix the brackets to the wall.
As you can see, installing any of these elements on your own is not an initiative that can be taken lightly, and you will always need to take a number of variables into consideration, especially when dealing with pipes.