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Old 02-14-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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School me about bathtubs.....

I've been looking at tubs for an upcomming remodel project. I'm looking for a single person, standard length, tub. What I've found are two basic types.

The first type is a direct to stud tub. This type has a vertical nailing flange around the upper perimeter of the tub. They are designed to fit in an alcove of three walls. They have no access panel on the attached, exposed skirt. These tubs are appropriate for using preformed wall surround kits, or tileing, and using as a shower/tub combo. These tubs also are very basic, shallow, ugly and generally SUCK.

The other type is a deck mounted tub. These have many more sizes available in terms of depth, also whirpool options, etc, etc. they have front panel access from a manufactured or site built skirt. These tubs are generally NICE.

My question, has anyone ever used a nice deck mounted tub in a shower situation? Is it possible? Are there any tub styles that I've missed? I do not want a manufacturers ugly fibergalss "tub-surround"!


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Old 02-14-2012, 10:07 AM   #2
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Why would you need an access panel for a reguler tub? There's nothing near the front that would need servicing. The valve should have an access panel behind it and in most cases the drain can be accessed from below.
Drop in tubs are far more likly to leak around the deck to tub lip area.
If there was a shower all the water would lay on the deck with no way to drain.
If your just looking in the home centers at the stock tubs take a look on some of the maunufactures web sites. There's lots of very attractive far deeper tubs avalible out there. Try Googling "soaking tubs".
Steel and cast tubs have flanges but there not nailed to the studs. There heavy enough to not move just from there own weight.


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Cast iron tub? Put tile on the walls?
Joe is right on about the water going everywhere on the deck
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:51 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by joecaption View Post
Why would you need an access panel for a reguler tub?
I said I'd like a regular LENGTH tub. I would like a whirpool option. I'd also like access for the possibilty of final plumbing with out tearing out my finished ceiling below this location.

If you (or anyone) has ever installed a extra depth, or extra width, whirpool tub with a tiled wall shower in a standard length alcove please post up with your ideas. I'm having a tough time finding this set-up.

I have been to a few manuf web-sites but have found nothing.
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Old 02-14-2012, 10:54 AM   #5
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Ditto about not putting a shower over a drop in tub. No way for the water to get back in the tub from the deck area. This will lead to problems.
There are nicer flanged ones out there. You just have to look (and pay) for them.
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you could try looking into walk in tubs they have jets and are nice and deep. I tryed to put a link for a website that I found but it was removed and I was bandguess I was to helpfull so look it up yourself


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