Having recently fitted a new bath panel to my bath, I now deem myself to be a fully-fledged DIY expert. I am joking of course (you haven’t seen me operate a screwdriver) but it genuinely surprised me at how easy the installation process was, so easy that I figured I would write down exactly what I did.
At first I couldn’t decide whether or not I wanted a standard plastic bath panel or whether or not to go for one of the more decorative wooden choices that are on offer. I chose to go with the plastic option and I am extremely happy with the end result although it did not come without a small amount of pain.
I made certain to measure the bath correctly and I promptly ordered one that I figured would be a wise choice. When I received it I set about installing it. I did not consider at the time of measuring that I had box work around the pipes to contend with but again with the use of a saw and several plasters (I told you it was painful) I managed to achieve what I set out to do in under an hour. Happy days!
Tools I used
- Tape measure
- Silicon sealant (white)
- Screwdriver and Cordless Drill
Remove Old Panel – Removing the old panel was easy enough as it has seen better days and this allowed me to see what sort of framework the old panel was currently fixed to.
Measure the Box Work – I measured the box work that was at the front of the bath and then using my tape measure made marks on the panel and set about cutting it. I must stress to be very careful on using a hacksaw for this step as a lack of concentration can produce a moment of slight pain. The cutting of the panel went better than I thought and did not crack the plastic at all, although I did have to file it down a little bit to get rid of the rough edges.
Fitting the Panel – This was a doddle as the top of the panel had a handy lip which popped under the edge of the bath and I then had to attach a single screw to the framework that the bath sat on. To finish it off I measured and cut a piece of thin batten that I had used in my kitchen a few years ago and fixed this along the bottom of the panel attaching to the bottom of the bath framework using screws and my trusty drill.
Sealing the Edges – The final step I feel is one of the most important steps as using a silicone sealant not only finishes the job off and makes it look presentable, but the sealant also provides a water resistant way of stopping any water getting into the edges.
So there we have it, my bath panel was fitted and I had the rest of the day to do other chores that needed doing in the house. Though I don’t think I shall bother writing a guide on washing up the dishes.
Note: I am sure different bath panels bought from different stores will vary slightly. However, once you take the old panel off and assess what the framework looks like then I am confident to say you will be able to finish it in under an hour.
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