Installing new whirlpool tub - test or mortar bed first?

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  1. hd99flhr

    hd99flhr New Member

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    Hi folks. Installing a new american standard whirlpool tub in and alcove configuration (where only one side will be open). I want to set the tub/drain prior but was wondering if I test it first, then disconnect, pull it out of the alcove and then install it with a setting bed?

    What's the best setting bed for this type of set-up. The underside of the tub is wood covered fiberglass with two support runners.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If you intend to test it and then remove it, you will compromise your test. If you just want to check its mechanics, test it BEFORE you set it in place, the do the actual installation after you are done.
  3. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    If you want to test the exterior connections, do it outside on the lawn. Plug the drain and fill with a garden hose.

    Then carry it back inside, and then worry about banging the connections you just tested when you install it for real.
    They test those things at the factory before they crate them.
  4. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    Terry wont it be heavy with all that water in it? :)

    Good advice - I never thought to do this test outside before....

    JW
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    That is why you do it outside so the lawn gets watered when you pull the plug.
  6. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    This is turning into a "Green Building" thread... I love it.

    So many builders and plumbers just don't think about that wasted 60 gallons of water.
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