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Old 01-15-2009, 07:09 PM   #1
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I purchased a new tub for remodel thought it was same size
as original but it is 32" wide - the old is 30". Is that going
to cause plumbing problems or is there a way to put it into
the wall a 2" deeper somehow? I have a plumber friend
doing the work and I'd like to know how bad this problem is
before I tell him!!!

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Old 01-15-2009, 07:48 PM   #2
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To recenter a tub from 30" to 32" is only a difference of 1" off center. If the tub is over wood framing, it shouldn't be a big deal. There's usually a hole cut in the wood subfloor for drain access. Adjusting the drain should not be a big deal. Then again, that's why I pay a plumber to do my plumbing jobs

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Old 01-15-2009, 08:28 PM   #3
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The biggest problem you SOMETIMES run into changing to a larger size tub is not so much the drain or plumbing, but whether it will not intrude on the commode or an adjacent door opening. You can sometimes get a little (3/4 - 1") of play by notching into the 'soapdish wall' studs if the new soapdish wall will not fall inside the rail of the new tub. If the 'footprint' of the old tub and the new tub are different as in the old tub was set on the subfloor and the new tub would have to set above the existing flooring (such as tile on a mud bed) then you will have to raise the level of the old subfloor underneath the old tub to that of the existing tile to let the new tub set flush. Also keep in mind that if this needs to be done, or if the new tub is deeper, you might also need to raise the valve/tub spout to accommodate the new height of the new tub. This would also be a great time to install a new valve if you have not already planned for it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 07:40 AM   #4
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well, I confessed to my bath remodel friend about the 32" tub I
purchased and later learned the old one is 30". I was going to
return it but he said to wait, there are different things he can
try before we return it, like you guys said adjustments in the
wall can be made hopefully and the taller tub hopefully won't
be a problem. He said the new shower bath and shower kit has
a valve.

Thanks for your help, happy remodeling!!!
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Old 03-04-2009, 08:53 AM   #5
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I actually did this exact same thing with my bathtub. I picked out a 32" whirlpool tub to replace the 30" 1960's tub. I work for a plumber and he was able to "buy" me the space I needed by notching into the 2 x 4's that made up the wall at the back of the tub. I had also gutted the bathroom so the plumbing issues were easy to fix because the walls were all down to the studs and everything was accessible. However, you'd be amazed at the places a good plumber can get to without tearing too much stuff up.

In my case, there were no structural problems with doing that to the 2 x 4s but every house is different so I would definitely have a pro do that part of it to make sure you're not doing anything structurally bad.

I ended up with a little architectural feature too with the soffit at the top that looks nice. I'll try to post a picture of the finished project when I get home.
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Old 03-04-2009, 06:18 PM   #6
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would like to see a picture of the install. I had my plumbing moved
so that it would fit (the tub is now a couple of inches wider into
the bathroom). I too had the bathroom gutted and it was quite
stressful making the style decisions. Ended up with sliding glass
doors for tub (better than mildewy shower curtains).

I'm not too computer savvy so I don't know how to post a picture.
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Old 03-04-2009, 09:04 PM   #7
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Here are the pictures of my new, bigger tub install. The first picture is the gutted bathroom where you can see the bare studs. The second picture shows the soffit up at the top which was the "leftover" wall from where we cut the notch in the studs. It measures about 1 1/2" so that means we took another 1/2" at the bottom where the tub goes into the bathroom (third picture). (And by we, I mean my plumber who deserves all the credit for this fix.)

P.S. Here's how to upload a picture to one of these posts: Under the window you open to start or reply to someone's post, there should be a section called "Additional Options." There's a button that says "Manage Attachments." If you click on that, a new window comes up that allows you to attach pictures. You click on "Browse," go to wherever your pictures are on your computer and click "Upload." The pictures will attach themselves to your message.
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I hope you get the attachment - thanks for the computer lesson.
this is the finished result of my remodel. The difference between
ours is that mine has three walls around it so it was easier to
work with (I am guessing). Anyway, thanks for the pictures.
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