How to Install a Bathtub Surround

By Gene and Katie Hamilton

Tools Required
  • Tape measure
  • Carpenter's level
  • Hole saw bits
  • Utility knife
  • Allen wrench
  • Trowel or caulking gun
  • Electric drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Screwdrivers
Materials Required
  • Tub surround kit
  • Lumber to frame wall
  • Roofing cement
  • Adhesive
  • Caulk

Before You Begin

These steps are an overview of how a tub surround is installed. Carefully read the manufacturer's direction to be familiar with the parts in the kit and the installation process suggested.

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  • Step 1 : Prepare the walls

    Remove the faucet spout, handles and trim followed by any soap dishes or other accessories on the wall. Remove any damp wallboard or framing. If you're installing the surround over an existing surface (i.e. drywall, plaster tile or any solid flat wall) make any needed repairs so the surface is solid and secure. If it is ceramic tile, sand it with coarse sandpaper. Clean and recaulk the tub joint.

  • Step 2 : Measure for the spout and faucet locations

    Measure for the spout and faucet locations

    Measure the locations of the spout and faucet and transfer the measurements onto a cardboard template cut from the shipping carton. Position the template on the wall and adjust accordingly before tracing the openings onto the end wall panel.

  • Step 3 : Make the cuts

    Use a hole saw bit in an electric drill or jigsaw to make the appropriate size holes in the end wall panel following the template. Place the panel face-side up on a sturdy surface.

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