Installing Backyard Bathtubs Is Incredibly Easy
Ever since watching that ER ad that shows the two people in bathtubs outdoors I've wanted a bathtub in my backyard. I learned today how incredibly easy they are to install.
- Figure out a way to make the tub level and stable (won't sink). One person just used bricks under the tub's feet. Another person dug a 5x7 hole six inches deep framed by two-by-fours and filled with dense gravel. Personally, I'd go with the bricks.
- Purchase a long enough hose. If you want a fire cauldron to heat your water, a regular hose works. Otherwise invest in a hot water hose.
- If you want to use a cauldron, install a fire pit next to the tub. If you don't care about the tub's longevity, you could install one UNDER the tub and then just worry about installing a wood seat for yourself.
- If you want to use hot water from the house, ask a plumber to install a bib that links the hot water pipes to the exterior hose pipe. Now your outside faucet dispenses hot water!
- Use cork or plastic to cover up the spill holes in the tub so you can fill it all the way up.
- Worry about privacy.
That's it! See how easy it is? Now you just need a claw-footed tub. They aren't easy to find, but they usually are affordable when you find one (especially if you're offering to pick it up and carry it away).