Help with Roman Tub drain

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  1. Dann0

    Dann0 New Member

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    All - I need some advice on how to handle a drain connection. I am starting a DIY remodel on an old roman tub (1970's) and need some advice and ideas on how best to connect a new freestanding acrylic tub to existing roman tub drain. I'm trying to minimize any demo work or digging into or messing with existing roman tub drain. My thought was to place a new freestanding tub into the existing roman tub cutout, directly on top of the tub floor without removing tile or changing shape of cutout. Tub seems to be tile on top of concrete base. And, several freestanding tubs I've found size wise will fit and allow me to do this. I would then build a sorta tub surround like platform (4" to 6" higher) on top of existing tub platform, tile it to give it a drop-in tub like look.

    My question is what's easy way to connect new tub drain to the existing roman tub drain with out having to cut into tile or drain? Is there an easy way to do this with a kit, adapter, or something similar? Here's some pics of existing roman tub space. Any suggestions/advice is much appreciated!
     

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  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    You will need to open concrete for the new tub drain. Those free standing tubs often have unusual drains. You also need to figure out your water supply to the new faucet. I see some demo in your future.

    Figure out which tub and faucet you want, check the installation specs and the decide if it's doable with how much effort you plan to put into it.
     
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  4. Dann0

    Dann0 New Member

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    Thanks Terry. As for the water supply i'm okay with plumbing in a new tub faucet on the wall in front...pex type setup and hiding it in a new pony type wall so that it is closer to the tub. Was really looking to avoid demo of the drain though or breaking into the concrete. So, no easy solution or adapter that would allow a quick connect between the two drains? Here's link of a freestanding tub I was thinking about...dimension wise it will fit into the existing space.
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Vanity-...latbottom-Bathtub-in-White-VA6522-S/310165315
     
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