Black Foot Tribe Montana Installation

tiled shower         tiled shower

The demolition on this job is easy, as there is no tub to remove.  The tile on the wall is going to stay but the toilet will have to be removed to give us more access.

Trailer and outdoor setup              wigwam and couple

trailer and outdoor setupThis is a 100% real wigwam made by the Black Foot Tribe for one of its members.  There were three generations in this home today with over 300 authentic dream catchers and many artifacts in the living area.

I have a table set up outside for my chop-saw and grinder, so I do not have to keep bending down to the ground.  This is also where I assemble the tub with the drain and faucet kit, getting it ready to be taken into the bathroom.  My trailer is set up with all the supplies I would need for every scenario. At the start of most trips, I have 5 boxed tubs, all my supplies and tools in here.  It is very cramped to start with, but once I start to install the tubs, I get more space.  The trailer is a 7’x16′ V-nose, twin axle and it does me just fine.

 

 

maneuvering tub                     handsome man

To get the tub into the bathroom, the door frame had to be removed.  But still this was not enough,  I needed another 2″. This wall did not have sheet rock (which is common), it had laff and plaster instead. This is a lot more difficult to work with as it is like a cement plaster, very hard and to cut it, I need to use a grinder. Use of the grinder creates a lot more dust. To contain the dust, I taped up plastic sheeting to the walls and ceiling.  I had to grind the plaster and remove a stud. Now we have enough room to slide the tub into position.  At that point, my helper will be putting the door back together and any repair work can be done now. From this point forward, I am connecting the tub and doing the trim work.  This takes from 4-6 hours.

walk-in tub           walk-in tub

 

 

 

 

All finished, all tested.  In 24 hours time it will be ready to use. walk-in tub

before and after