I am installing a 60 x 42 kohler enclave soaking tub and the manufacturer instructions say to install a mortar bed for support. The tub is designed to install in a recess where three walls are comprised of stud framing with the fourth acrylic wall exposed.
I am remodeling my bathroom and i paid to have an acrylic tub kohler 60 x 32 devonshire and tile installed.
Install acrylic bathtub mortar bed. I assume that s to prevent staining or having the hard rock right up against the acrylic. Whether you are installing a regular acrylic bathtub that doubles as a shower unit or a larger two person jacuzzi most bathtubs require a. Before seeing this instruction the big box store guy said i should use non shrink grout.
How to create a mortar bed for bathtub installation. I do not have an option of removing the tub and re installing it. Place the tub into the frame and onto the mortar.
Bathtub installation mortar bed vs. It should go without saying that the floor should be solidly constructed to support the weight of. Since this is a 2nd floor installation i think the cast iron would be too heavy.
The installation sheet recommends putting at least a 2 mil liner on top of the wet mortar before setting the tub. An acrylic tub is not self supporting which means it must be supported along its entire bottom with mortar or grout. My tile installer didn t think the creaking was a problem.
I did not find out that my tub had been installed without mortar until the tile surrounding the tub was already set and grouted. I am replacing an enameled steel tub about 50 to 70lbs with acrylic probably 40lbs. I bought a 50 lb bag and was ready to install.
Will this work or is the mud bed mix a better product for tub install. When you properly install alcove bathtub be sure you are setting the tub in mortar we are showing how to properly install an alcove tub in a mortar bed. Fill the tub to the rim with water and let it sit for at least 72 hours full of water until the concrete dries.
I don t believe there is visible movement of the tub. Here s another one of th. Place another layer of plastic on top of the cement layer to protect the underside of the tub if you want to remove it later.