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autx790 12-01-2011 02:22 PM

What to do with clawfoot tub
I have a very old claw foot tub which I had planned to use in my bathroom after remodeling. I have the plumbing rough in done to use it as well. After the fact, i've come to realize it seems a bit shallow at only 11" deep from the bottom inside the tub, to the bottom of the overflow drain. Is there a way to fill in the overflow hole and still have it look good? Or fill it in part way to raise the depth of water to at least 13"? Or is this tub even worth keeping? The condition is fairly good, but maybe could use a refinish.

Bud Cline 12-01-2011 02:27 PM

Put it on Craig's List.:)

Blondesense 12-01-2011 04:43 PM

Edited to add: No, I'm not pushing this site. Just the first example I found on google.

biggles 12-01-2011 04:54 PM

install the over fill plate then seal it from behind just watch when your climbing into it

autx790 12-09-2011 09:50 AM

thanks for the feedback. I think what i'm going to do is put a rubber filler in half the overflow and put some new hardware on it. Then just clean it good. I think with some ammonia it will clean up well. I started to take some fine grit sand paper to it (probably not smart) and the marks in it were coming out. I read some reviews on the diy refinishing kits, and eventhough the "expert" at lowes swears by it, i'll stay away from that stuff, and don't really think it needs a refinish.

Blondesense 12-09-2011 10:30 AM

I don't know what your tub looks like, but I'd try CLR, or one of the other calcium/lime removers. If you have vinegar on hand it's also worth a try. Place a folded up a paper towel soaked in vinegar on a bad spot and add more vinegar throughout the day. Keep it wet with vinegar as long as possible.

If you are planning on keeping this, are you also planning a separate shower?

autx790 12-09-2011 10:39 AM

Thanks, i've also heard TSP is also a good cleaner. I've read recommendations on using vinegar, but this website specifically says not to so i'll probably stay on the side of caution and try other things first. I'll try to post a photo of the tub later. I do have a separate shower built that the tub will butt up to. It's wedged between the shower and the vanity. It's a narrow, long bathroom.

Bud Cline 12-09-2011 10:59 AM


I've read recommendations on using vinegar, but this website specifically says not to so i'll probably stay on the side of caution and try other things first.
That website says not to use "high acidic products such as vinegar". Since when is white vinegar a "high acidic"? Yes it is an acid but a mild acid, hell you eat it on your salad all the time. White vinegar has been a household cleaner since white vinegar has been white vinegar. Try it as Blondesense suggests and see if it doesn't work.

autx790 12-09-2011 11:16 AM

But your stomach has acid in it naturally, which is fine in your stomach but probably wouldn't be good to put on certain surfaces. Y'all are probably right though, it's probably not harmful, and i'm sure it works. I was just going to lean toward the side of caution. But googling "vinegar on porcelin tub" only has recommendations...except for apartment therapy. Though maybe they need to spend some more time in therapy. Thanks again for the feedback!

autx790 12-10-2011 12:28 PM

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From the close up of the drain it looks like this tub may have been refinished

Bud Cline 12-10-2011 01:12 PM

That thing (unfortunately) looks as if it may be ready for a cow pasture.:)

autx790 12-10-2011 03:44 PM

Hey Bud,

:no:By your post count i'd say your no stranger to the forum and by now you should have realized, people come for constructive feedback, not negative sarcastic comments. :surrender:

Bud Cline 12-10-2011 03:48 PM

Just trying be helpful. In this neck of the woods those worn out non-repairable old relics are used to water live stock. If you don't like my comments just ignore me. Some people just can't handle the truth that's all.:) That thing is junk - treat it as such and get on with your life.:)

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