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Old 05-17-2012, 08:17 AM   #1
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A few days ago, while in use, we discovered a crack in our bathtub. It is about an inch long, but shaped like a semi-circle that doesn't connect. Judging by the slight leakage it caused -- it had probably been born in the past few days.

I've read some similar reports and most often the cracks are on the tub bottom, in which case it could be a support issue. HOWEVER, ours is on the side of the tub about 3" from the bottom. Not sure how it happened, maybe someone dropped a bottle of shampoo long ago and the cap made contact with the side and grew over time?

I'm trying to ascertain how well a fiberglass epoxy repair will hold for this, given it's not on the bottom of the tub.

I see many people use a product called Devcon Home Fiberglass/Acrylic Repair Kit and have read in a few places that at least initially, this has held. However, what is worrisome is that it claims to be water-resistant not water-proof. I wonder if they worded it this way to decrease their liability as it is a seemingly popular product? It's CLEARLY listed as a repair product for toilets, tubs, etc. There's also a product made by Elmer that does claim to be waterproof at about 2x the price.

Does anyone have any advice?

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I see many people use a product called Devcon...
Does anyone have any advice?
Devcon makes good stuff.
Follow their directions EXACTLY and all should be fine.
Well, fine except for the aesthetics. That'll NEVER be right.

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There are pro's out there who can repair them and make the repairs nearly invisible. I don't know what the cost is, or if it would be worth it depending on the age of your unit, but check out the phonebook for fiberglass repair, and see what you come up with.


What brand is the tub?
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There are pro's out there who can repair them and make the repairs nearly invisible. I don't know what the cost is, or if it would be worth it depending on the age of your unit, but check out the phonebook for fiberglass repair, and see what you come up with.


What brand is the tub?
I have no idea how old it is. Lasco brand. It appears to be one of those one piece enclosures.

One thing I'm worried about is that the crack will at least be partially submerged when someone is taking a bath. The crack, like I said, is a bit of a semi-circle.. and part of it appears to be slightly depressed. I'm not sure if I should 'make' it a complete hole or try to 'pull' the depression out and use an epoxy.. going from there. Really, it's about the size of a nickle.

I'm guessing although haven't confirmed yet, that the Devcon is not for "below the water line" repairs -- hence the water RESISTANT and not water PROOF. I may need to go to a marine store and look for something aquatic.

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I may need to go to a marine store and look for something aquatic.
are you planning to make the tub into an aquarium?
check the Devcon website for which of their products will be best
--OR-- find a fiberglass repair guy to do it right
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[quote=TarheelTerp;923522]are you planning to make the tub into an aquarium?



L.M.A.O And they say plumbers donít have a since of humor. Any repair made on that tub will only be temporary eventually it will have to be replaced. ,
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A few days ago, while in use, we discovered a crack in our bathtub. It is about an inch long, but shaped like a semi-circle that doesn't connect. Judging by the slight leakage it caused -- it had probably been born in the past few days.

I've read some similar reports and most often the cracks are on the tub bottom, in which case it could be a support issue. HOWEVER, ours is on the side of the tub about 3" from the bottom. Not sure how it happened, maybe someone dropped a bottle of shampoo long ago and the cap made contact with the side and grew over time?

I'm trying to ascertain how well a fiberglass epoxy repair will hold for this, given it's not on the bottom of the tub.

I see many people use a product called Devcon Home Fiberglass/Acrylic Repair Kit and have read in a few places that at least initially, this has held. However, what is worrisome is that it claims to be water-resistant not water-proof. I wonder if they worded it this way to decrease their liability as it is a seemingly popular product? It's CLEARLY listed as a repair product for toilets, tubs, etc. There's also a product made by Elmer that does claim to be waterproof at about 2x the price.

Does anyone have any advice?
most fiberglass units are gelcoated that makes it easy to repair...look in phonebook for repair company neareast to you ...dr tub,,tub repair.. tub renew,,,,not that expensive either...
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Are you 100% sure its' fibglass and not acrilic?

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/fibergl...ower-repair-2/

Any hardware store, Lowes, Home Depot, boating supply sells a small fiberglass repair kit.
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are you planning to make the tub into an aquarium?

L.M.A.O And they say plumbers don’t have a since of humor. Any repair made on that tub will only be temporary eventually it will have to be replaced. ,
Hey -- I was going for quality.

Anyway, I ended up trying the Devcon. Seems to have fixed the problem, but I'm not very confident in it's durability and it's pretty ugly -- so... trying to figure out what to do now.

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