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manofthehill 07-30-2007 05:01 AM

Bathroom Redo 2008!
Hi all. First post.
I am planning a bathroom redo to be completed by Nov. 2008. Still in the planning phases now. A little background info:

- 1920s twin house, tight staircase
- Currently only one full bathroom, upstairs
- Old, leaky shower (some damage to the floor & d.r. ceiling).

I have a need to replace the upstairs bathroom floor, as well as the ceiling below (obviously). I also must replace the shower/tub, and redo the surround walls.

CURRENT CONDITION: old-fashioned multi-piece shower install. Tub and walls 'sealed' with Caulktape (which seems to have not worked well at all). Additionally, the vinyl floor seems to stop just at the edge of the tub, with a shabby/worn-out caulking seal between them. This was the bulk of the leak issue, I think.

DESIRED CONDITION: A deep, one-piece freestanding tub (perhaps with feet, even), and ceramic floors and walls. Hopefully this will eliminate the possibility for leakage into the ceiling below.

CHALLENGE: 1) Can't find a tub (as described above) whose dimensions allow me to fit it upstairs. I also couldn't get my queen-sized box-spring up there, and I ended up buying a split. Big issue which affects ALL upstairs furniture, and probably even prevents me from getting one of the modern one-piece wall/shower/tub units up there as well. Has anyone seen deep-enough-yet-narrow (<28") and short (<64") tubs which would be suitable? 2) What to use for a shower as this work is being done... Anybody come up with any clever shower-in-the-backyard scenarios during their adventures? :)

Okay, sorry for the long post. In this town alone, there are about ten-thousand houses EXACTLY like mine, and I figured this might strike someone out there as vaguely familiar! :) Thanks for your time.


Ron6519 07-31-2007 03:32 PM

You might have to remove sashes in an upstairs window and have the tub delivered by a boom truck. A claw foot tub will not be less prone to leaking that any other tub, Actually there's more of a chance due to the shower curtain surrounding the entire tub. The leak is due to this bath existing way past it's expiration date. Put in a new bath and you should be okay for another 25 years.

manofthehill 08-12-2007 12:09 PM

I think you
Hi Ron.
I think you might be right about that! Thanks for your response.

manofthehill 08-12-2007 12:10 PM

I think you're right...
...about the tub replacement being long overdue! I'll consider a 'conventional.' Thanks for your response!

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