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Old 04-22-2009, 07:06 AM   #1
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So what are your thoughts on an Americast Tub (porcelain over steel)?

I mean a tub is a tub right?

We are thinking about getting this tub as we would like something sturdy and want to avoid having to put down a mortar bed. We originally wanted an acrylic tub but we saw a few different tubs over the weekend and we really like this tub. It is deeper too than others we saw.

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/...ctId=100050391

Plus it is half the weight of a cast iron tub.

Thoughts? Pros? Cons?

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No a tub is not a tub. Based on what I saw at HD it appears to be a good tub. American Standard is a leading brand of bath fixtures. The better the quality the thicker the steel is, as well as the porcelain. Your better steel tubs will also have a thin pad glued to the sides and bottom of it for heat retention and noise reduction. As said, just from the site it looks like a good tub. And by the way; If you're going to replace the toilet DON'T buy a cheap one. Come back and ask which one to buy. Good luck.

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No a tub is not a tub. Based on what I saw at HD it appears to be a good tub. American Standard is a leading brand of bath fixtures. The better the quality the thicker the steel is, as well as the porcelain. Your better steel tubs will also have a thin pad glued to the sides and bottom of it for heat retention and noise reduction. As said, just from the site it looks like a good tub. And by the way; If you're going to replace the toilet DON'T buy a cheap one. Come back and ask which one to buy. Good luck.
Thanks...nope, not replacing the toilet. We did that 3 years ago. Got a Crane one from Lowes and it is perfectly fine and def not top of the line. It was one of those all in box ones. It is oval and much taller than old school toilets.
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"Americast" is neither steel nor cast iron. It is some sort of composite material with a porcelain surface.

The advantages are that it's lighter than cast and not as cold or tinny-sounding as steel. There are probably disadvantages compared to cast -- it probably won't last forever -- but otherwise it seems like a good product.

I installed that very same tub a year or so ago and like it just fine so far.

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Americast had problems a couple years ago with the coating. Many complaints, but i hear they fixed the problem. As far as toilets, if you compare all the features on the display Home Depot has mounted on a wall, you will see many differences. The most prominent is the size of discharge ports. They go from 1-1/2" to 2-3/8".
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