Master Bathroom Tub, Tile, and Low-Flow Toilet Installation

In the master bath, Bob reviews the appropriate design choices made by homeowner and contractor Nick Beasley for this period home. A new low-flush toilet is installed in the kids' bath.

Clip Summary

Homeowner and general contractor Nick Beasley shows Bob the custom poplar and MDF (medium-density fiberboard) panels he has made for the tub wall in his new master bath. Bob points out that this is a good design feature for this period home, as are the hexagon tiles chosen for the floor and the white subway tiles chosen for the main field of the wall.

The tub is already in place-- a Porcher cast-iron model from American Standard. There will be a Corian tub deck and top shelf installed, and a new toilet (once the bathroom is complete).

We move to the kids' bathroom, where Jon, our plumber, walks us through the step-by-step installation of a new toilet.

This American Standard Champion low-flush toilet has the largest siphon outlet on the market for effective bowl clearing and fewer clogs. It uses 1.6 gallons per flush and has a 10-year warranty.
Hey Nick.

Hey Bob.

Perfect timing. So you've been making paneling for the master bath, here.

That's right.

And this is essentially, what are you making it out of?

It's poplar, styles and rails, and an MDF panel.

Medium Density Fiberboard, and that's a real stable product. And this goes in here?

That's right.

Part of the tub surround.

Right in.

And you've already made the sidewalls. This is a very good design feature for this bathroom and for this period house. Because very often you had this kind of paneling, all over the place.

So we'll just tack this one into place.

Tack is the right approach. I mean, you've already scribed it I bet.

Yep, scribed it in this corner so we have a nice tight fit. Just get a couple in here


Make sure this one fits, nice and tight.
Get this one lined up.

You've already got, you've got these nice four-share tubs from American Standard, and it's an awfully elegant affair. Cast iron.


And then what happens here?

On top we're going to do a corian tub deck.

So that sits right on top of the thing?

Sits right on top of everything, nice and watertight. And we'll have another matching piece that goes on top of the half wall here.

Okay, so you really have fit the paneling, and that's why we're just tacking it. Because until you get the corian to go over the tub, you don't want to really finish nailing it off.


And then where you are in this bathroom, we'll have a toilet.
And I know that toilets are being installed in the kid's bathroom as we speak.

That's right.
You just make sure the floor is level.

Once the toilet flange is installed in the floor, John , our plumber, checks to be sure the floor is level, then adds a ring of Beeswax to be sure the seal between the toilet and the drain is air-tight.

This is American Standard's Champion two piece toilet A white washer, metal washer, and brass nuts secure the bolt on each side.

Next, John adds some thread sealant on the supply tube to connect the tank to the water line.

And put in the supply that goes to the tank.

Tightens the connection and turn on the valve to check for any leaks.
The great thing about this toilet is the Champion flushing system, it's got the industry's largest siphon outlet, 40% larger than most. That increased water flow, cleans the bowl efficiently and best of all, virtually eliminates clogs.

And we all know how handy that can be when you think of all the things that toddler might put in there.

All right, now we'll cut these down so we can put on a finish.

Give it a little snug.

Now that that's off, we can put on the cap.

The toilet still only uses 1.6 gallons per flush and comes with a 10 year warranty, just in case.


So Nick, I think you've made some pretty appropriate choices in terms of tile. I mean this hex on the floor is very much in keeping with early twentieth century plumbing, and then tell us what else you're choosing for the tub surround.

The tub surround we're going to do a subway tile, in a broken bond pattern.

And that again, is something that not only do you really see. See it in like New York City subways but it also became a very popular type of tile in Italy bathrooms.

That's right, and then we're also gonna do a little contemporary feel. A glass tile as ancient, that will run around the outside edge of the tub.

And these are all from Daltile?


They're fabulous. Okay, so you'll have that on the edges.

That's right.

Very good. Well, I know that we're running out of time, but so are you. When's the baby due?

Have about a week.

Good luck.

Next week, we're installing a saucering ceiling, putting in Owens Corning's quiet zone sound attenuation, and the CertaPro painters will give us a bunch of tips.

Till next time, I'm Bob Vila.
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