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Old 03-15-2007, 12:45 PM   #16
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I watching DIY the other day and they put a vinyl covering over the tub. Looked great this might also be a less expensive option.
Actually the covering that I have seen cost up to $2000 to do. I could get a whirlpool tub with a tile surround for cheaper than that.
I just saw one on a show the other day where they did a re-cover and only 2, plastic (acrylic) wall surrounds and they said it cost $2000.00 with installation.
All they did was vacuum form it and stick it to the old tub with tape!!
It's amazing how much business they get though.!

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Old 03-15-2007, 05:08 PM   #17
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When I built my basement bathroom, every trip to the big box was $300. It didn't matter what I needed. It seemed like I spent $300. Don't hesitate to ask questions. You don't need to do any step twice because you weren't sure how to do it.
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Old 03-15-2007, 07:59 PM   #18
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I started ripping up the floor today and the top covering is just separating from the part that is glued to the concrete.
First off.... what would this be? Linoleum or vinyl.... I don't know the difference or if there is any at all.

Second.... how the heck do I get this off the concrete?
It's a cardboard like substance, only much more dense. Some areas are popping right up with a small metal scraper but others are stuck really well yet.

There is a crack running through the middle of the floor, only 1 I see.
(I think I MAY have caused this when wailing on the tub with the sledge.?.)
To put tile on this floor what would you recommend? Do I have to try to chisel out this crack and repair it?
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Old 03-16-2007, 08:24 AM   #19
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Use really hot water and let it soak a bit, then use a scraper. It shouldnt be to bad to get up.

Describe the crack. Is it just a minor hairline crack where one side of the crack is the same height as the other or is one side of the crack higher than the other? Its not likely that the slab will crack from you busting out a cast iron tub.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:49 PM   #20
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I seen that show you guys referred to up there with the tub overlay. A guy I know had one done, cost him close to $2K and he says he's very happy with it.

We are in the process of a huge master bath overhaul. I will say this, whatever you plan to spend, increase it by 50%. There is always things you either dont expect or you dont think of when creating your estimate. Also, allow yourself more time then you thought.

We saved a ton of dough by shopping on ebay. We got our tub/shower enclosure, vanity and a few other things on there. We also were able to buy some marble tiles that someone returned to Home Depot for less then $2 per foot as opposed to the $7 per foot they would have been.

I'll see if I can post some pics in the picture section above.

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Old 04-02-2007, 05:25 AM   #21
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why would you ever want to change that pink tile?
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Old 04-02-2007, 09:42 AM   #22
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Hmmmmm

If you like the pink I can send all the pieces to you if you pay for shipping!


I can also send you a pink toilet and a pink cast iron sink.
Sorry, smashed the tub already.



I also agree with plan on spending more than you planned on spending.
That's the truth. I'm pretty much at the safety part of my budget and don't have the tile yet.
Oh well, it's only money... right.
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Old 06-06-2007, 01:00 PM   #23
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Well with the help and advice from many people here.... it is almost done.

I am going to be grouting the walls as soon as I finish typing this update.
Everything went well for the most part, no major catastrophes so that's a plus.

I will post some pictures in the project gallery when it's completed.
BIG difference from the before pics....
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Nice job... I am suprise you even purposely lay the orientation of the floor tiles that way to add the "Art" feel.... most people just use the easy boring layout....
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I like the way you layed your floor tiles.
Gives any room some interest.


I would like to ask a question. I noticed in the beginning of your post that your house is built on a slab foundation.

What is a slab foundation?
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Looks Great!
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Thank you for the compliments...

Yummy.... a slab foundation is one with no basement. A "slab" of concrete is poured and the house built on it, kind of like a garage.

I wanted to lay the tiles like that to break up the squareness of the room. I knew the tub tiles were going to be laid out straight so I had to do something to break it up.
It really does change the whole look.
I am really happy with how it's turning out, especially since I never did any tile work in my life. This is actually my first time doing anything like this.
I've built sheds, repaired plumbing and did electrical before but not a whole project like this.

Thanks again.
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The tiling job looks great.

I eventually plan to do some tiling.
I also have never done tiling before.
I hope I can do as great a job as you have.
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Thanks for the explanation of the slab foundation.

I have never heard of that before.


You're gonna miss that pink bathroom I bet.
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Nice job on the bathroom! I just recently finished a 1/2 bath. 'WAS" supposed to be paint and tile . Wound up with a rotted subfloor from a leaky wax gasket, rotted exterior wall (studs and sheathing) from a prior roof leak.

I layed my first tile as well, and installed it on a diagnal. The only tricky part I found we're the corners. I was just careful and made cuts slightly larger so I didn't have any waste.

New pedestal sink with matching terlit.

Original estimate should have been around $400. Finished was around $1500 starting with a room torn down to the studs and joists.

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