Installing a Kohler Villager Cast Iron Tub
Installing or setting a Kohler Villager Cast Iron Tub.
The Villager weighs in at 316 pounds.
It's best to bring it in with two men.
Four men would be okay too.
Once it's in the bathroom, I can set it into the alcove by myself without help.
I use a ledger board on the back wall, making sure it's level first.
Leave the tub in the crate, it stacks easier that way, and gives you some nice hand holds.
I like to center the tub at the hips, and lean it on my back. Then I have a guy or two hold the back of the crate and follow behind me.
I carry it like I'm giving someone a piggy back ride.
When I get it into the bathroom, I set it in vertically with the drain side down, with the open part of the bathing well towards the tub valve.
I make sure I have two 2x4's with me.
One, I place on the floor, this prevents the tub from falling all the way down, and can act like a pivot with the second 2x4
The 2x4 on the floor doesn't have to be real long.
After I pull the crate off, I can start letting the tub drop back against the back wall. With the crate off, it will pull toward the back wall, and catch on the studs.
To get past the stud, I have to pull the tub toward me, and slid it by.
rotating into place retrofit 5 foot niche tub
I have a typical 5x8 bathroom. The door opens on the narrow end and the tub is across the opposite wall.
I was thinking of replacing the tub but haven't figure how the new tub could be brought through the door and rotated 90 degrees to fit on the opposite wall.
The narrowest diagonal dimensions will be longer than the side walls by approximately 2" - so the walls obstruct the turn. (?)
- My best guess is that it rotates into the stud cavity but at 16" high it does not fit between standard stud spacing.
How can the weight of a cast iron tub be handled so that it can be lifted and set back into the niche?
Any tips on moving a cast iron tub in close quarters?