In this guide we going to show you how to fit a bathroom suite in a DIY manner. The whole process is not actually that difficult and we are going to do the best we can to explain how to do it in words. However, I’ve also placed on the page a YouTube video which might also help you out.
Removing The Old Bathroom
It should be common sense but of course before you can install any new bathroom suites you should fully remove your old suite before even attempting to fit your new bathroom suite. I highly recommend stripping the entire bathroom out rather than item by item as you do not damage any of your new goods while removing old.
The amount time it takes to fit a new bathroom suite largely depends on your experience, the tools available to you and the amount people helping you. On average it will take about two people around three days to do everything including tiling (which we are not covering in this guide).
Of course we need to remember is that whether bathroom suite you choose they are not going to be generic so are you trying to keep the guide as broad as possible and you can adapt each part to your individual suite.
First of all I am going to talk about the bath. If you are fitting the same style bath then there is a good chance that certain boxing and panelling may well fit on the new one (if that’s what you want) so anything you remove do not throw away until you have completely finish the task. You can always adapt pieces of timber to help fit the new unit.
One of the pieces of advice I can give you is to make sure that you take notes of how old units were fitted before stripping them out. The best we can do this is to either write it down or take photos so you can refer back to it later. For instance, if you’re taking a bath panel off take a good look for exactly how it was fixed in place as when you come to fix new one will make life so much easier.
First and foremost, to prevent a disaster make sure you turn off your water at the mains. Open up taps to release any water that may well be in the pipes and completely drain it down. More often than not a little bit of air will keep certain amount of water in the pipes so we need to try and drain as much as possible.
Once you are happy the water is removed its time to take out the bath. First you need to do is grab yourself a basin spanner. You may also need a pipe cutter but don’t go cutting pipes in this you really have to. You will often find that in bathroom suite a lot of the nuts are rusted on and cannot be undone with a ratchet. When this is the case unfortunately you will need to properly cut them off. By using a pipe cutter, it will enable you to put a new connecting join on their easily because the cut will be clean.
After everything else is undone then remove the earth strap. As you can be noticed all pipes and bathrooms are earthed. This is basically to prevent electric and static shocks but I’m not going to go into that here.
The next editor remove the waste pipe from the bottom of the bath. We need to do is take of all the fittings and after this you will be left with about 2 inches of plastic pipe that leads down to the primary soil pipe. You will find that the trap will still be full of water so you should carefully take that away and pour it down a sink.
Sometimes you will find a bath made will be screwed down into the floor if that’s the case then remove the screws. At this point you are now ready to remove the bath from the bathroom.
Next were going to move on to removing the handbasin and the process is pretty much the same. First of all you simply undo the connectors for the taps or cut the pipes where absolutely necessary. Undo all of the other fitment that will leave just the small pipe leading down to the waste.
Last but not least we need to remove the toilet. Naturally you can imagine this could possibly get messy. However, the first thing you need to do is flush the toilet first. This will drain the cistern and ensure you not benefit the bathroom floor with water. Once you flush the toilet then users large sponge to remove any water that may well still be sitting around the cistern.
The next job is to remove the water in pipe which you will see the side of the cistern. Next you need to undo the overflow connection. After this undo the fixings which will be holding the toilet against the wall. More often than not you will find that they are rusted so you possibly have to do use a drill to take the head of the screw off and be able to lift toilet out.
Installing Your New Bathroom Suite
Now is the time to start thinking about installing the new units. If your boss has got fixing brackets attached that can screw into wood along the wall is now at the point where you will want to secure them. I’m going to assume that existing waste pipes are all in good condition so we can reuse them. If they are not, then simply replace them.
The easiest way to reconnect pipes is to use a Connector. They can be quite expensive but are so much easier for DIY plumbers compared to using copper connectors. Plus they also have an inbuilt isolation point. One thing to make note of those that you use some sort of compound on all screw threads. The most common is PTFE tape and you simply wrap around the thread before screwing it on.
When you are installing the new toilet you will find that connection instructions will come with it. Make sure you follow them to the letter because most flushing systems are different. Again drawn use tactics is where possible by feel competent then you can always use copper connectors but make sure they are tightly done up.
One thing you need to make sure of is when you are installing the new toilet the have an isolation valve. This is absolutely essential and is actually now part of building regulations. One thing to note is on the copper pipes for a sister is that they will have an olive which simply looks like a small brass wedding ring which fits over the pipe between the body and the valve. Do not forget to insert this or you will have a very wet bathroom.
Again fitting a new sink exactly the same process as the bath. You do not need isolation valve by regulation but I prefer to fit one where possible, just in case.
The next thing you are going to want to do once all your units are fitted is tile your bathroom. Not a cover that here as a whole tutorial itself may be will cover than a new section at later date.
We hope you found the guide helpful and keep an eye out for further guides coming soon.