Installing a Free Standing Copper Bathtub

CAUTION: Risk of personal injury. Copper bath tubs are extremely heavy. Obtain sufficient help to carefully lift or move the bath tub.

CAUTION: Risk of property damage. Make sure that a watertight seal exists on all bath drain connections.

Before Installation:

  • It is strongly recommended that installation of bathtubs are performed by a professional plumber.
  • Observe all local plumbing and building codes.
  • Unpack and inspect the tub for damage. Place on throw rug or other rotective floor covering to prevent damage to the bath or floor.
  • Make sure the flooring offers adequate support for your tub, and verify that the sub floor is flat and level.
  • Ensure proper access to the final plumbing connections.
  • For tub protection, position a clean drop cloth or similar material in the bottom of the tub.
  • Be careful not to scratch the surface of the tub.


  1. Place the tub onto an adequately supported level sub floor.
  2. Install the finished flooring and wall materials.
  3. Install the drain to the bath according to the drain manufacturer’s instructions. DO NOT connect the trap at this time.
  4. With help, carefully move the tub into place.
  5. Provide access to all plumbing connections to simplify future maintenance.
  6. Insert the drain tailpiece into the trap.
  7. Connect the trap to the drain according to the drain’s installation instructions
  8. Install the faucet valving according to the faucet manufacturer’s instructions.
  9. Open the hot and cold water supplies and check all connections for leaks.
  10. Fill the tub to the overflow and check for leaks.

CAUTION: When cleaning up after installations, DO NOT USE ABRASIVE CLEANERS, as they may scratch and change the tub surface. Use warm water, a soft cloth and a non-abrasive soap (such as dish soap) to clean the surface. Refer to the Care and Maintenance Instructions for further information.