When you are renovating or improving your bathroom and want to makeover your bathtub then you will more than likely have to install a new bathtub drain as well. A bathtub drain is obviously heavily used and subject to a lot of wear and tear, not to mention clogging. Many people leave this up to a plumber but, if you do it correctly, it need only be a simple ten minute job that you can accomplish on your own.
The Right Equipment
Before you begin to install a bathtub drain, you will need certain equipment. You will obviously need the drain itself and that will consist of a pop up drain assembly, a swivel connector with a washer, a P-trap, glue, putty and a wrench. The assembly, connector and P trap should all come in a DIY kit that you can buy at most good hardware stores but double check whether all parts are included before you make a purchase, otherwise you may find yourself a part short when you come to install it.
The Step-By-Step Guide
1. You should already have your tub in place before you begin to install he drain because it is more prone to leaking if you have the tub elsewhere to begin the process and then move it afterwards. You need to work with the tub where it will be when finished!
2. Remove the washer and nut from the pop up drain before proceeding any further and then smear a little putty under the drain rim so it will remain in place. Next, place the drain in the tub hole and hold firm for a few moments.
3. Move below the tub itself and fix the washer in place underneath the drain. When the washer is in place then begin to screw the nut on as well. However, you may want to have someone to hold the drain from above or hold onto it yourself below because it is likely to begin turning if you do not. If it does so then you are likely to have a leak when you have finished. Also, make sure that you do not tighten the nut too much because the drain may weaken or even crack. When tight enough, remove any excess putty.
4. Next, fit the P-trap by placing the connector within it and place the P-trap onto the drainpipe. When that is in place you should secure the nut itself onto the drainpipe before connecting the P-trap to the drain via the connector. Check the pipes thoroughly to make sure that they fit properly. If not then measure the area and look at the length of your pipes or, if that is OK, then repeat the process again.
5. Check to make sure there are no leaks before making the connection permanent because you cannot simply undo it all when the glue is put in place. You would have to start again instead! It may be wise to run water using a jug first and the follow with running the tap if there are no spillages from the jug. This will make it easier to clean up any mess!
6. If they do fit properly and there are no leaks then undo the connection and repeat again after glue has been applied to hold it all in place. You may want to use a little cement to prevent loosening further down the line. Be sure to hold it all in place for at last two minutes to ensure that the glue/cement sets properly.
Et voila! You have your very own DIY bathtub drain in place. It really is that easy so give it a go. The materials are cheap enough and there are no labour costs so it makes sense!