Installing a whirlpool tub in a bathroom remodel and am wondering about the order of installation steps. I have framed the tub enclosure and am ready to install the top decking (tile over 1/2" Hardiboard over exterior plywood sitting on 2x4 framing). The decking/tile will extend 3" outside the tub on the wall and front...5" outside the tub on either end. The faucets and filler will be mounted on the decking...not on the tub itself.
Based on my bathroom remodeling guide, I should attach the plywood decking, then set the tub in the enclosure (using 1 1/4" spacing blocks), then attach the Hardiboard and then install the tile. This seems to make installing the Hardiboard and tile to the top surface much more difficult. The tub has a 3/4" rim over the decking on all sides.
Can I tile the top decking first....then drop in the tub...and use 1/4" spacers to provide the necessary expansion gap?
Thanks in advance for any comments!
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