How to install a bathroom in a basement with floating walls?

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Posted by: from Winnipeg
12/6/2014 at 1:24:45 PM

I'm based in Winnipeg and I'm renovating my basement and planning to install a bathroom in the basement. My basement has floating walls and I can't figure out how I would be able to attach the acrylic tub to the bathroom walls.

If I attached it to the bathroom walls and the floor moved upwards would it damage the tub?

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Date/Time12/6/2014 at 3:33:45 PM

I don't know about floating walls as have never seen or heard of such a thing.

You could consider purchasing a drop in tub and build a deck for it to drop into, or purchase a free standing tub, you would then plan the placement of the water supply and drain, finish the floor as required and then set the tub in place.

If you intend to use a floating floor (laminate is never recommended for a bathroom) like the new vinyl floors, you would set the tub in place and finish to it. If you intend to tile the floor, you would tile first and then set the tub on top of it.

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Date/Time12/6/2014 at 4:45:00 PM

Nathan has given good advice regarding this. I am a Red Seal Carpenter and have been framing for over 20 years. Could you please define "Floating walls"? Attach some photo's as you may need to do more work than you intended.

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Lance in Winnipeg
Date/Time12/8/2014 at 12:51:19 AM

I just attached a diagram of a floating walls that I have in my basement. Code requires that basement walls should be like this to allow floor movement.

How to install a bathroom in a basement with floating walls?
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Lance in Winnipeg
Date/Time12/8/2014 at 1:28:49 PM

I've also attached a page from City of Winnipeg basement development brochure.

How to install a bathroom in a basement with floating walls?
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Vladimir in Ontario
Date/Time3/25/2015 at 11:11:13 AM

Just buy detached bath that is not attached to the wall. then you will not damage it.


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