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Old 08-03-2006, 12:43 PM   #1
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Hi , I am remodeling my bathhroom and would like to replace the old cast iron tub with a whirpool. My joist are 2 X 8 and they span for 15ft, will this whirlpool be okay? Thanks..

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I would say not. Code around here stipulates that a 2x10 can only span 7 feet when used as a floor joist. If it is a crawl space then go under the house and shore up under the area for the tub or better yet install a couple of beams under the joist the full length of the house to bring it up to code.

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I understand Dave, but the entire house is made of 2 X 8, 1st floor and second floor, and they all span 15ft.
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You never said but are you replacing with the same size tub only a whirlpool or are you wanting to but a bigger one in? If you are replacing with the same size you should be fine as the whirlpool will weigh the same or less than the cast iron. Think about where the tub is. Is it close to an outside wall or over a wall downstairs? If so you could probably upgrade to a bigger tub. As long as it isn't in the middle of the 15' span you will probably be ok.

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Thanks Dave, actually I replacing it with the same size (32 X 60) and its fiberglass, the tub that was there was cast iron and it weight a ton... Its going to be installed right by the exterior wall, where the joist come out of the wall, maybe a 5ft span. Thanks again! Hey Dave, I got a post on stairs in Carpentry, can you take a look at it? Thanks!!

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