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Old 02-09-2012, 02:33 PM   #1
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My wife and are were browsing at some of the foreclosed homes in the area. One house that was built in 1974 looked like it largely needed mostly cosmetic work and looked like a great deal. The dealbreaker was one of the bathrooms looked like it needed more than just cosmetic work. It had a cheap fiberglass bathtub that had a huge crack in it. It may have leaked through the floor where it cracked...don't know. Still I may be able to repair that, but nonetheless, the tub needs replacing. I did not want another fiberglass bathtub, but wanted to fit the house with a real cast-iron tub the way homes used to be made with. I'm not talking about a free-standing claw-foot tub from the turn of the century, just a regular cast-iron in-wall tub like a typical rancher in the fifties and sixties was built with. The problem is that most of the home improvement stores laugh at us like we are stupid when we make this request and try to sell us a fiberglass tub, telling us we would never want one! Anyone know if they actually are still being made, or is it we are just looking in the wrong place.

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Old 02-09-2012, 02:59 PM   #2
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I know Kohler makes them.

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Old 02-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #3
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Yes they are still out there. They are more expensive and HEAVY.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:24 PM   #4
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the home depot here in ohio still sells them of the shelf for around 650. but i would like to know why are you stuck on a app. 300 # tub that will get hard to clean and will not keep water warm for longer than 15 minutes and remember our great e.p.a. has made it so the enamel glazing is not the same as in the 50's
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I know Kohler makes them.
Kohler make one the best tubs still in cast iron if not the best. You get what you pay for American standard make one that is a composite thatís my second choice americast tubs, on a standard tub cast iron is the way to go.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:18 PM   #6
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You used to be able to buy the Kohler villager for $224 day or night. Now I think they are close to $300.

I install these in every bathroom I build.
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Yes, I've seen them at Home Depot too. As well as online. I searched ALL over to find a 2 wall standard size tub, but nobody makes them any more. I eventually settled on a cast iron shower pan which are even more difficult to find that the tubs.
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Kohler Villager tub--less than $400 delivered---Mendota (deep soaker) about $650--

I use them a lot---
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You'd think a guy would be able to get a shower pan, cast, for under $200. I know this to be NOT true. Where did you find yours, and what did it cost?

I think the last time I priced one, I thanked the salesperson for maintaining such a high price so that shower pans can still be built more economically.
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In our fire remodel, we are adding two cast iron tubs as you describe.

They are not expensive, and you are right about their advantages.

They don't chip easily, etc

Yes they are heavy, but how often do you plan to move it?

Oops, I wasn't planning to move mine when I installed it 2 years before the fire. By the way, it survived the fire and demolition just fine. I to it used from a new house that someone insisted on changing to a jacuzzi tub. Ha!

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Plenty of them out there. When I epxand my downstairs bath I want a cast iron one as well.

http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Cat/So...rial=Cast+Iron

Some of these have free shipping too!
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You'd think a guy would be able to get a shower pan, cast, for under $200. I know this to be NOT true. Where did you find yours, and what did it cost?

I think the last time I priced one, I thanked the salesperson for maintaining such a high price so that shower pans can still be built more economically.
I got this from Amazon...

http://www.amazon.com/KOHLER-K-9025-...8921244&sr=8-1

Online is the only place I'd expect to find them, I got mine from Amazon because I had a 20% discount. I think it ended up being $590 after getting the drain and shipping.

I thought about building my own but chickened out.

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