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Old 09-05-2012, 11:06 PM   #16
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If the walls of your tub are three pieces of acrylic (?), the word escapes me right now, then it'll be pretty easy sailing. What are panels made of? Are there caulked joints in the corners?
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If the walls of your tub are three pieces of acrylic (?), the word escapes me right now, then it'll be pretty easy sailing. What are panels made of? Are there caulked joints in the corners?
plastic stuff on top of drywall
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Old 09-05-2012, 11:22 PM   #18
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Alright, sounds like the regular shower panels that I'm familiar with. Caulked joints in the corners , or a one piece?

I'm pretty tired, been up since 4am and on the road since 5am, long day. Shall we try again tomorrow?

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Old 09-06-2012, 01:33 PM   #19
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caulked joints in the corners. im (eventually) gonna get one of those high-quality tub surrounds from lowes and a new tub faucet, but i wanna be able to save the existing panneling and faucet till i have the money to redo the shower area.
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Old 09-06-2012, 07:12 PM   #20
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cost to redo bath tub at a texas home depot done right to last
diy time may take 1 to 2 saturdays and a 3 to 5 evenings
p.s. with single bath might need to locate a shower so you do not get fired from hygiene issues
5 foot steel tub 190.00
4 to 5 1/2 cement board min 6 feet high plus screws 70.00
1 gallon red guard water proof membrane 60.00
approx. 90 square tile $1 per 12 x 12 tile 90.00
thin set 20.00
grout 20.00
grout sealer 20.00
tub drain assembly plus a few fittings if needed 30.00

total 500.00
add for extra cost 100.00
delta single handle plus some for fittings 170.00
total under 800.00

http://www.homedepot.com/Plumbing-Ba...1#.UEk5C42PXWg
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Jay - tub is in good shape i have no intention of replacing it. that would be crazy. I bought a new faucet for 20 bucks at a yeard sale (yes, 20 dollars. I was happier than a fat woman at an all you can eat buffett :D) I have the tile, but might need a little more. Dont need a full gallon of redguard. Maybe a quart.

But im thinking to do a tub surround. I can get those anywhere from 50 on up.
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Jay - tub is in good shape i have no intention of replacing it. that would be crazy. I bought a new faucet for 20 bucks at a yeard sale (yes, 20 dollars. I was happier than a fat woman at an all you can eat buffett :D) I have the tile, but might need a little more. Dont need a full gallon of redguard. Maybe a quart.

But im thinking to do a tub surround. I can get those anywhere from 50 on up.
oh and im my own boss. i cant really fire myself. But i sometimes want to :D
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Morning,

So 1st step is to remove caulk in corners and see how well the panels are glued to the walls. Try the back (left hand) wall first. Be gentle and try a putty knife, should be able to do the job. Then you're going to have to remove shower head, tub spout, and handles to get the front wall off.

I agree with Jay that it's a good time to get a new shower valve, etc... I'm glad you scored a $20 but it's probably not pressure balanced/thermostatic and therefore can scald if cold water is used elsewhere while the shower is on (think of a toilet being flushed while the shower is running) and probably does not have built in stops which make it easier to work on the valve body (ie changing the cartridge) and therefore means shutting off a larger portion of the water system when repairs are needed. Here's a good little read on shower valves for you, http://suite101.com/article/understanding-the-shower-valve-a194949. Kohler, Delta, Grohe are all pretty popular, getting replacement parts is easy, and have a good rep on here. Remember that there's a reason that is was in a yard sale.
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Morning,

So 1st step is to remove caulk in corners and see how well the panels are glued to the walls. Try the back (left hand) wall first. Be gentle and try a putty knife, should be able to do the job. Then you're going to have to remove shower head, tub spout, and handles to get the front wall off.

I agree with Jay that it's a good time to get a new shower valve, etc... I'm glad you scored a $20 but it's probably not pressure balanced/thermostatic and therefore can scald if cold water is used elsewhere while the shower is on (think of a toilet being flushed while the shower is running) and probably does not have built in stops which make it easier to work on the valve body (ie changing the cartridge) and therefore means shutting off a larger portion of the water system when repairs are needed. Here's a good little read on shower valves for you, http://suite101.com/article/understanding-the-shower-valve-a194949. Kohler, Delta, Grohe are all pretty popular, getting replacement parts is easy, and have a good rep on here. Remember that there's a reason that is was in a yard sale.
true, but it should last a few years (atleast) and im the only one living here so that wont be an issue.
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