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Old 01-10-2010, 11:49 AM   #1
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I demolished a cast iron recessed tub on the second floor of a house built in 1948. Not sure if the salmon colored tub was original (seems like a very '70's color). I found dirt packed between the joists. (See pic)

Why would someone pack dirt under the tub ? I can't imagine it was for support as the dirt was firm only in some sections.

May I remove the dirt without negative impact ?

I'm replacing tub with a new cast iron model.
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I'm just guessing...

Maybe structural to "spread the load" of the tub?

Maybe insulation to keep the water warm in the tub longer?

Or maybe there was an old tub, it was removed and there was mold there? And maybe they used the dirt to absorb moisture and as mold remediation?

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Those are excellent points. I wonder if the dirt might have also served as a noise dampener. I suppose folks in the kitchen below might hear the shower running above. Maybe some insulation could prevent that - going forward. I'm going to remove the rest of the dirt and inspect the condition of the boards. Thank Billy Bob
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Vermiculite is a naturally ocurring mineral and can look quite a bit like dirty sand. Unfortunately, it is either a cousin of asbestos or commonly found with asbestos and can be quite a hazard in its own right.
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I don't believe this is vermiculite. Whoever dumped this stuff included shards of glass and electrical cable. Thank goodness I wore a mask during demolition, although I don't know it would help much had it been vermiculite.
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What did you do with this issue? i have the same problem but only difference is the tub is on the 1st floor...I peeked at the other end of the tub and saw dirt and planning to take the tub out in 2 weeks time...What do you guys suggest for me to do and outside the tub are concrete...Bathroom size are 9X7 posting pics later on after uploaded in laptop....thanks...

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