Throughout the site there are various pages giving advice on many different subjects e.g. how to install shower enclosures or shower stall etc., but I also receive a lot of very useful information from visitors. This page is designed to share their valuable knowledge with the rest of us.
Martin Jeeves sent in this very useful advice on fitting a bath and bath panel.
Fitting a bath, sealing it in place and, fitting a bath panel.
I gutted and replaced our upstairs bathroom 2 years ago (currently doing the shower room) using a good quality acrylic bath. The cradle supplied seemed more light weight than I remembered and, hence, would flex more when the bath is used!
The ultimate solution is to build a timber frame for the bath to rest on and re-enforce the floor (put a second sheet of flooring grade chipboard under the bath). But in my situation, the simple solution was to screw battens to the (stud) walls so that the lower edges of the bath top surround just rest on them - to achieve the fine adjustment, adjust the cradle's threaded feet. A floor batten on the open side and a couple of vertical posts, one third of the baths length from each end also prevented sag on the open side.
No movement, no cracked or split silicon sealant.
At the outset to the project, it is also worth considering how the bath facia panel will be fitted. In my case, the high gloss finished MDF panel needed a frame. The vertical posts (mentioned above) assisted here.
But my dilemma was how to fix the bath panel in place without leaving the telltale signs of screws and still be able to remove the panel easily for access to isolating water valves. The manufacturer suggested double sided sticky pads or Velcro.
My solution was to use two-piece furniture jointing blocks at the bottom to locate the bottom edge of the panel (not using the bolt to secure the blocks together the nodules on the blocks and the weight of the panel were more than enough).
At the top corners, I used loft latches. Putting some foam pads on the vertical posts created the tension to hold it in place without wobbling/rattling.
If you are short on space in the bathroom, here are two easy alternatives.:-
Thanks to Siren for these
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