Bath is the central element of any bathroom. Years and decades pass, but the bath, having undergone a lot of amazing metamorphosis, remains constant and unchanged in the main - in the ability to give a person a feeling of comfort, purity and relaxation, so valuable after a busy day.
The scheme of installation of a bathroom on a brick basis.
The range of materials used to make this important part of home comfort has greatly expanded in recent years. But the question of how to install an iron bath, still worries the masters. In fact, despite the appearance of plastic, acrylic and other composites, metal baths are deservedly popular.
Preparing for installation
Before you start installing the bath in your own bathroom, you should not miss important nuances in the preparatory stage, which includes the moment of inspection of the product.
It is useful to understand what good iron baths are and what they are, possibly, vulnerable. So, many experts say that one of the undeniable advantages of the iron variant is that it has much less weight in comparison with the cast-iron version.
At the same time, iron baths are almost as durable as their cast iron counterparts, and almost as durable as acrylics (although if they are pre-coated with high-quality and resistant enamel).
Installation of the frame for the bath.
To the pluses of iron baths it is necessary to add their ability to quickly heat up, which distinguishes iron from massive cast iron.
At the same time, one should not ignore some of the disadvantages of iron as a material from which baths are made. In particular, how quickly the thin iron heats up, it cools so quickly. Do not really like the consumer and the strong noise that the iron bath produces when it is filled with water.
In addition, when using this product, its owner will have to carefully ensure that it does not experience more or less severe shocks - otherwise the protective enamel can not stand, and in place of the formed cleavage, destructive rust will quickly develop.
However, according to professional builders, if you take all the necessary measures for the primary processing and application of protective coatings to the body of the specified capacity, all these problems can be avoided. And to begin this process should be already with a bath at the time of purchase.
So, it is necessary to "catch" all possible scratches, dents, scuffs on the outer and inner sides of the container. And the glossy surface should be inspected with a side light source. You can also use the LED white light. When examining an iron bath, special attention is paid to welded joints at grounding points and fastening brackets and legs.
Materials and Tools
Installation diagram of the connection of the bath to the sewerage network.
Before the installation of a metal bath by yourself, you must stock yourself with all the necessary tools, the list of which includes the following items:
- a set of measuring devices (ruler, measuring roulette, building level, metal corner, construction plumb line);
- a simple pencil;
- saw (hacksaw on wood);
- electric drill (perforator);
- mounting metal corners;
- a construction pistol;
- mounting rails;
- feet for a bath;
- door for flow control;
- silicone for waterproofing seals;
- cement mortar;
- a set of fasteners (dowels, nuts, bolts, screws).
Installation of iron bath
Installation of a metal bath with your own hands begins with the preparation of a place for the specified capacity. Immediately it is necessary to note that it is best to do this even before the walls are trimmed with tiles and a floor device in the room.
The scheme of the device of the siphon for a bath.
A bath with a metal (plastic) drain installed on it is introduced into the bathroom premise. In order to subsequently securely fix the metal case in the prepared niche, the product should be installed in such a way that a gap of no more than 3-4 mm is left between its sides and walls. After this clearance will be sealed.
At the initial stage of installation it is also necessary to ensure that the upper plane of the bath is set strictly along the horizontal line. Here you can not do without the use of a building level. In any case, the bath should be oriented in such a way that the plane of its bottom is inclined towards the drain hole. As a rule, modern models are produced with an already tilted design, so you can safely beat a horizontal mark on the wall with a level.
Install the iron bath clearly horizontally possible by turning the screws on the adjustable legs. In addition, to provide a stable position will help additional supports, which at certain points (most often in the middle) are glued to the bottom. Typically, these supports together with the legs and other mounting parts, as well as the instruction for their assembly, are attached to the said plumbing.
However, with the help of legs and feet from the kit, it is not always possible to eliminate small offsets and vibrations of the bath. To achieve a complete immobilization of the tank, especially when it is used for a long period, the bricks will help.
Dimensions and number of stones should be selected so that after installing the bath on the brick supports its upper plane was at a height of 60-70 cm above the floor. If the fragments of its fastening fall just on the brick, they can be safely cut. If this can not be done, the height of the brick racks should be reduced by the size of these fixtures. To ensure the strength of the pillars, bricks should be laid using special glue, rather than cement mortar.
Scheme of standard sizes of a typical bath.
As for the distance between the brick pillars, it depends on the dimensions of the bath. Usually for the length of the container there are two intermediate and two outer racks, the distance between which is about 50-60 cm. If you bought an extended plumbing, it is desirable to add another intermediate rack. But much here is determined by whether the owner of the bathhouse intends to keep basins and other similar items under it in the future.
After the brick racks are lined up to the size of the bath, before it is lowered onto the supports on the lower edges of the sides of the container, in places where they will come into contact with the brick, a sealant is applied, preferably based on butyl rubber. An additional layer of this material will not allow "breaking" the strong connection between the bathroom and the rack. Disruption of the connection can occur due to periodic changes in the shape and size of the iron product heated by hot water.
The fastening of the bath to the wall takes place due to the glue mixture, which is previously smeared on the contact line between the container and the partition. The bath is pressed against the wall, after which excess extruded glue is removed from the gap.
To fix the iron bath in the junction with the wall (most often, with three adjacent walls) in a narrow gap, you can drive a few small wooden wedges. After gluing the surfaces, they should be removed.
To fix the bath in its place can not only glue, but also with the help of mounting foam. Before working with her, the bath should be protected with an adhesive tape, which is removed after the application of foam in the gap between the bathroom and the wall.
To lay the facing tile, to become on the edge of the container and load it in some other way, it is possible only after the adhesive compound has completely dried (solidified).
Scheme of mounting the bath to the wall.
For the entire period of the bath installation, the main water tap should be closed by hand.
Sealing joints between a bathroom and walls with solid building materials (facing tiles, frozen solution, etc.) is unacceptable.
Legs and additional supports from the delivery set of the bath must be equipped with rubberized material from below to prevent slipping on the floor.
In order to eliminate an unpleasant intrusive noise when the iron bath is filled with water, it is recommended that the outer surface of its casing be sufficiently thickly covered with putty or a small layer of mounting foam.
The resulting coating will also contribute to the preservation of precious heat.
Following the recommendations given here, the master who decided to install plumbing independently will be able to provide himself with an excellent source of cleanliness and comfort.