Having a new bathroom fitted in might seem like an exciting prospect but it’s not as straightforward as you may think. It is rather hard work but having dedication and perseverance will help you to achieve the dream of having a bathroom that truly represents your style and personality as well as provide comfort to other members of your family and friends who will use it. Almost the first thing that has to be done is strip the old tiles from the walls, a long and dirty job that must be carried out with great care along with the use of suitable protective equipment and tools as the old tiles are sharp and potentially dangerous. The most time consuming stage in this initial phase is not the removal of the old tiles itself but getting rid of the old adhesive beneath it.
The next step is to remove the old bath tub. Once the old bath tub is removed, it is not uncommon problem to find that no matter how carefully you’ve measured or whatever you’ve assumed for the new bath tub, the new bath tub is the wrong size. If the space is too big, you can either increase the volume of the wall before re-tiling or create a handy shelf at one end. If the hole’s too small, you might have to remove sections of plasterwork to get the new bath tub in. Note: make sure that you remove most of the plaster closer to the taps of the new bath tub so as to give the new taps freedom of movement to turn.
Also when fitting the new bath tube, it is very important is to check the state of the flooring and joists beneath. A full bath with a person in it (a bath tub capable of handling a load of two people is quite difficult to achieve) is a very heavy object and it needs good, firm supports. Most modern baths sit in a cradle that presents four adjustable feet to the floor. If you have any doubts, place a piece of moisture-resistant plywood or chipboard beneath the bath to spread the load evenly. Also fix the bath’s feet to the board by screwing through the holes provided.