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Old 02-25-2012, 06:13 AM   #1
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We are putting in a new tub, but our house is 3 feet off the ground not ground level. We want to know how to make a proper mortar bed as lightweight as possible. Any help is appreciated.

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What kind of tub?

Typically the amount of mortar needed is less than one bag---that weight will not hurt any house that is safe to live in----

More details,please

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it is a fiberglass tub, it has 4 legs, and the body is about 2 inches off the ground.
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Do you have a link to that brand so one of us can look at the installation instructions?
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Yes sir, it is "aquatic.com" Bathtub #260030L
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Could not bring up a site ---sorry--got a link?
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http://www.aquaticbath.com/ sorry he left out the bath part when he yelled directions to me!!
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Once again--no luck---I got to the site just fine--but entering #260030L did nothing--help me here--
Name,model--something---
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Any I've seen just use a row of blobs not a full bed so as the tubs set the morter speads out. It does not matter that your house is over a crawl space. As MIke sayed most often it's only 1, bag.
I would lay down a layer of tar paper on that floor before applying the morter.
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Hello Joe, thanks for the info.

Oh'Mike, sorry was at a fundraiser for the day. Don't know what else to tell you about the tub other than it says Gelcoat bath.
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Hey JoeCaption, would gypsum lite work just as well or go for regular concrete?
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The Gypcrete works--or masons mortar--not concrete--the gravel will not allow the tub to squish out the excess---

When placing a tub into the mortar---press it down by the edges of the tub---do not step into the tub to compress the mud---the tub may flex to much and over press the mud bed--leaving a hollow spot after you step out of the tub---
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if you look under the tub is there a piece of 3/4 inch wood fiber-glassed into tub and then four feet if so that is one of the better tubs if so just put mortar under feet for leveling purpose only
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Thanks guys, I really appreciate your help the people at the local HD just scratched their heads and looked at me like I was crazy. I am glad I found this place, you guys are knowledgeable and funny too, good combination.
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Thanks---we are all good looking,too.

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