Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 24
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Greg Great Tub! – Install Tips and Tricks
I just finished installing this bathtub in my home and the install was easier than I had expected it to be. I picked up a few tricks during the process that I hope will help you when you go to install this tub yourself.
First of all, this tub is REALLY nice. It’s a very simple tub and pretty shallow. This is for a kids bathroom, so we looked for something that is good for bathing little kiddos and probably our dogs as well. The cast iron insulates VERY well and it keeps the water nice and warm for a good long time. The tub also just FEELS solid. The feel when you step into the tub is that it’s just part of the house. No flex, no squeaks, nothing that feels like it’s an add-on.
That said, this tub is HEAVY! I’d estimate it at over 300lbs. I had to get some help getting it into and out of the bed of the pickup. That, however, was all the help I needed with it. Once it was in my garage and sitting on the ground, I took some measurements. Some tubs have slightly different measurements than what is in the manufacturers specs, so it is always a good idea to check those. I used a level to simulate the back wall next to the drain and overflow and then checked all the measurements for those cutouts to align with the new plumbing. Turns out they were spot on with the specs.
Home Depot sells a bathtub drain kit that I highly recommend you use. It comes with everything you’ll need to rebuild the plumbing stack under the tub. Pre-fit the plumbing stack and make sure it lines up EXACTLY before you slide the tub in place. The drain location is probably the most critical since it is underneath the tub and impossible to adjust once the tub is set. Lay your level across the dirt box to ensure that the drain sits 1/4 “ from flush with the floor.
My dirt box was poured really large and I found out that I had to build up some concrete to accommodate for one of the tub’s feet. Measure the feet locations and ensure that you have a good, solid place for them to sit before you place the tub. To build up the concrete in my dirt box, I used some plywood and 2x4 scraps to make an L-shaped form, then sealed the edges with caulk from the inside against the dirt box walls. I used quickcrete and got it close. I then ran a bead of caulk all the way around the top of the new dirt box opening and poured self leveling underlayment to level the entire tub area. This paid off in spades because I didn't have to shim the tub as a result.
To move the tub, I placed a piece of drywall against the back of a dolly and then strapped the tub, upright to the dolly with a ratchet strap. This was very stable and allowed me to easily move the tub into the bathroom. Once there, I lowered the tub down in front of the area where I was going to install it and used my legs to gently push it into the correct position. It slid easily across my floor and went in in about 5 minutes. No heavy lifting!
Another trick I learned was to level the wall across all the studs surrounding the tub area. Take your 48” level and lay it horizontally across the studs. Make sure that it lays flat across each stud and touches each one. You can build up the wall with extra studs if necessary. This will ensure that the tile backer board sits flush and square and makes the job of installing tiles that much easier.
Once in, use some roofing nails to fasten the edge of the tub to the studs prior to hanging the backer board. Install the drain seal by pushing down slightly on the drain pipe with a screwdriver and then gently slipping the rubber gasket into place between the drain pipe and the bottom of the tub. If you need to adjust the overflow, you should be able to access that from behind the wall pretty easily.
That’s it, nothing to it!
December 10, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Anthony Great Bathtub. Awesome Quality.
The bathtub looks great and feels solid. We remodeled an original bathroom to the house (42 years old) and wanted a fresh new look and design. It goes well with our new Kohler toilet also.
We were hesitant on getting this tub because of the other reviews saying it was so low.. but honnestly we just shower in it and bathe our infant child in it so it really doesn't bother us. And it's not really that low either. With a small bathroom, it's actually a better fit. Look at the pictures I uploaded for the end result.
Only negative is that It's incredibly heavy. But that's cast iron for you.
March 11, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pops Very nice tub!
I remodeled our bathroom and installed all Kohler products. I wanted something besides fiberglass or steel. This is a very solid, cast iron, well made tub! This sucker is very heavy (316 lbs.) took 4 people to get it into position. Just feels great to shower in something so solid and nice! It was just $80 more than a steel tub. The non slip floor cleans easy enough.
November 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jake White Cast Iron Tub
We bought a house with an almond colored tub, we have re-done the entire first floor of the house, and the white tub makes the bathroom extremely modern looking. We talked about leaving the tub, but for less than $400 it was well worth the change out. The tub is heavy, but anything that is built to last is always going to take a little more elbow grease to get it installed, but well worth it in the end!!
January 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DIYdave Great Cast Iron tub for the money
Was looking to replace and existing Cast Iron tub in my home that was 70 years old. This tub was the same dimensions as the existing. CI with porcelain is less prone to scratching and is more durable than it's fiberglass counterparts. While it is shorter than most soaking tubs, it is plenty deep for bathing children and pets, which was my primary use. Other than the weight, installation couldn't have been easier. The porcelain coating has very minor variations that can't be seen, but can be felt if you run your hand over it. (hence the 4 on quality). Overall, I am very satisfied. If you are looking for a soaking tub for an adult, this likely isn't the tub for you.
January 21, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 Good quality and look, but too low for a bather
I purchased this tub because my plumber recommended that I get cast iron for a long lasting purchase and finish. I never thought to consider the height of the water to the overflow. I am not a regular bather, but I did test it. I had to practically be lying flat to cover my torso and I am only 135 lbs 5 ft 3 in. I don't know who is calling this a soaking tub. I have purchased an overflow cover for $13 to give additional water depth. If you don't bathe, this is a great deal considering that it is cast iron.
February 23, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Maggie26 Great Tub
Again, we purchased this tub based on the Kohler name and the size. We don't have a large bathroom so we wanted the smallest tub we could find. The tub is a great value for the price. Looks great. We are not a family that takes baths so this is perfect for showering. Also, if you are bathing small children, it's also great because it is not too high for you and not too deep for the children.
May 5, 2011
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by KWB123 Read the specs
I renovated my bathroom from the floors up. I wanted a solid cast iron tub to replace the 1960's teal blue tub that came with the house so I purchased this model. I did a quick check and the width and depth were the same as the old tub and hight just one inch less. I never thought to check the height to drain. I had no idea they made tubs this shallow. 8.5" inches of water isn't enough for a bath (the old tub was 12") and the tub narrows toward the drain so your legs are cramped. I am considering the expense of having it taken out and replaced now that I have learned an expensive lesson.
June 27, 2009