Cast Iron Tub Install

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Iree, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Iree

    Iree New Member

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    Installing a Kohler 300 lb cast iron tub and I know my bathroom floor is slightly off level. Is it ok to just lay 1/2" hardibacker on the entire floor, then poor leveler down - whole room, let it dry and then set the tub on a level floor. I would then tile up to the tub apron.

    Most online forums say install the tub on wood subfloor, then level it with shims but I am concern over time the wood subfloor may deteriorate. Also, with 1/2" hardibacker plus leveler, then and about 3/8" or so tile thickness - I am up to about an inch or more the side of the apron... .

    Interested in your thoughts/advice
     
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    What kind of shape is the sub flooring in? In new homes we set the tub on the sub floor. They were also Kohler CI tubs.

    John
     
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  4. Iree

    Iree New Member

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    I ripped out particle board and installed 3/4" pressure treated plywood over the 1/2" on so it is new.
     
  5. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    That should be fine. Just shim the tub as needed.

    John
     
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