When one decides they need a new tub and shower installation done there are a couple ways they can go about this. The first way would to call a plumber and make sure they offer a “change-out” service which is disconnecting the current tub and shower from the water lines, removing the current tub/shower that is installed and replacing that with a new tub and shower and reconnecting the piping for the new tub and shower that you had installed. The second option would to try and do it yourself and this may be easy to do depending on the type of tub and shower that is currently installed as well as long as there are not any other items in the way of removal such as toilet or sink.
When one takes on a project of this size they need to make sure they are fully aware of what they are doing. The first step to a tub and shower installation is to remove the current tub and shower. There are several items that need to be looked at when removing a tub and shower. The first thing that one needs to determine is what needs to be taken out in order to remove the current tub and shower. If the tub is a free standing tub which means you have open access to the fittings and piping. The other type of tub would be sandwiched between two walls and these are typically a little harder to remove. The free standing tub has access to the piping where the other type of tub does not give you access to the piping. This would mean that you will need to cut into the wall to get the access that is required for the tub and shower installation. This would be one of the reasons that it is recommended that a professional plumber does this job so that one does not damage the piping when they are trying to access them.
Then one would need to disconnect the piping then remove the old tub and shower. To remove the tub and shower one may need a pry bar as well as someone there to help remove the old tub and shower. This may require slates to help remove it from its current placement.
The next thing one would need to do is to finish the tub and shower installation by putting in the new tub and shower. This would mean that one would need to make sure everything properly fitting as well as the old tub and shower. Then all the piping would need to be reconnected and if you needed to access the piping you will need to reseal the wall after checking to make sure that everything is working properly. Then one would need to replace anything that was taken out such as the toilet or sink. This project can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days depending on experience and problems that may arise.
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