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How to Install a Claw Foot Tub

by Jess Buskirk

Clawfoot tub

Things You Need:

  • Thread sealant
  • Pipe wrench (smooth jawed)
  • Level

There's no denying the charm and character a claw foot tub adds to a bathroom. Often thought of as vintage, claw foot bathtubs are traditionally a staple in Victorian-style homes, but these free-standing tubs are also making appearances in newly built and remodeled homes. With modern claw foot bathtubs offering luxuries and conveniences, such as whirlpool jets and sloping backs, it's easy to achieve a vintage look without sacrificing comfort. The installation of a claw foot tub is a simple way to transform your bathroom without a complete remodel. Take a look below to learn how to install a claw foot tub.

Installing a Clawfoot Tub:

  1. Install the bathtub's supply and drain lines. Generally, a licensed plumber is recommended for the installation of supply and drain lines.

  2. Set the tub in its place. Set the bathtub in place and make sure it's level. If you are using tub feet coasters, install them before making any adjustments to level the bathtub.

  3. Cut tubing. Cut the tubing for the supply, drain and overflow lines to fit their respective assemblies.

  4. Hook up the lines. Hook up the supply lines to the bathtub's faucet shanks, using the hardware included with the faucet assembly. Nuts and washers are typically included with both the supply lines and the faucet, so you will likely have an extra set.

  5. Assemble drain and overflow assembly. Assemble the drain and overflow assembly by following the manufacturer's instructions. You may need to use a reducing washer to connect the drain and overflow assembly to the male IPS coming out of the floor.

  6. Test it. Test the faucet and drain assembly by filling the tub with a few inches of water and allowing it to drain.


  1. Installation by anyone other than a licensed plumber may void your warranty. Be sure to carefully read through all of the warranties for the tub and assemblies before attempting the installation yourself.

  2. If the piping coming out of your bathroom floor is PVC, you'll need to add a PVC saw and PVC glue and primer to your supplies list.

  3. Always use thread sealant on threaded connections.

  4. Using a smooth-jawed pipe wrench will prevent scratches on your bathtub's fixtures. For extra protection, place a rag between the wrench and the hardware.

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