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Plumber: Think outside the box with a corner bath

Corner baths are used in smaller bathrooms, but they can also be installed in larger areas as well. (Kohler)
Corner baths are used in smaller bathrooms, but they can also be installed in larger areas as well. (Kohler) TNS

Q: Dear Ed: I’m remodeling my master bathroom and want to install a corner bathtub for a more open look. I know corner installations are a little different, so can you please give me a few tips on installing and choosing a corner tub?

– Jason, Maryland

A: Corner baths are used in smaller bathrooms, but they can also be installed in larger areas as well.

With that said, if you like the open look of a corner bath, go for it.

To start off, look for a tub that makes the best use of the bathing area. Newer corner tub designs add extra bathing capacity by opening up the back corner area for a more comfortable soaking experience.

Next, look for a bath with integral wall flanges on the two back walls. This is important for water containment when you install the tile or panel back walls.

Finally, get a style that includes a front apron. This way your new corner bath will look beautiful from any angle.

Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write eadelg@cs.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.

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