Bathtub installation

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  1. MIKE007

    MIKE007 New Member

    Aug 24, 2013
    Hello All,

    I have to install an acrylic bathtub. What brand of silicone should I use? How tide to tread the drain basket to the plastic pipe?
    What is the proper sequence: installing the p trap and drain pipe first and last the drain basket and overflow or first the pipe to the tub and connection to the p trap last?

    I hope these are not silly questions.

    Thank you,
  2. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple BATHROOM DESIGN & BUILD for both Canada & the US

    Jul 20, 2009
    Design Work World Wide: Bathrooms Vancouver Area
    North Vancouver, BC
    What's the silicone for?

    A Capillary Break.
    Stopping Squeaks.
    Expansion Gap.
    Hooking up the drain basket to the pipe.
    Sealing the overflow and drain line better.

    You should have a waste and overflow kit. If you don't you need to go buy one.

    My favourite Silicone is GEII

    I like no other.
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  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

    Aug 17, 2004
    Bothell, Washington
    How you install and connect the drain to the tub, is somewhat determined by whether you have access below the tub. If I can set the tub, on a second floor, and have access below, I install the drain last.
    If I'm working from above, then the drain gets installed first, and the tub drops down on it. I spin in the drain and attach the overflow plate last.
  5. MIKE007

    MIKE007 New Member

    Aug 24, 2013
    Thank you! I have access from above only.
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