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Old 01-18-2010, 05:14 PM   #1
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Upgrade from 30" to 32" tub on slab?


We're remodeling our 1978 bathroom and are taking it down to the studs. The tub appears to be a 'builders special' and measures 60x30x15, with about a 10.5" water depth. We're on a slab, so we've been trying to find a tub with the same footprint but with more depth and it's looking more and more like our only choice will be to go with another practically useless tub (in terms of depth that is). There are a TON of both affordable and expensive options in the 32" arena that easily meet our depth requirements.

Is it possible to install a 32" tub over a drain that was placed for a 30" tub if we're on a slab? Past experience tells me that the cost to move the drain over just one inch will be A) not reflected in the value of my house after the remodel and B) ridiculously high, not to mention time-consuming.

Do I have any options here? I've run across a few manufacturers at 'specialty' stores that have something that might work, but those tubs are around $1200. It's really hard to swallow that when I can pick up practically the same thing, 2" wider or 8" shallower, at Lowe's for $400.

Thanks in advance for any help/advice.

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Old 01-19-2010, 12:20 AM   #2
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An offset coupling should do the trick if you are able to cut the pipe down far enough to install it.

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An offset coupling should do the trick if you are able to cut the pipe down far enough to install it.
So, we should really get back there and see what we're dealing with before we make a decision on a tub, right? Luckily tub plumbing is right behind the wall that the other bathroom's vanity is on, so I should be able to cut a hole out back there and get some good visibility. I was hoping I could avoid calling a plumber out until it was time for the tub to be installed, but his cost will probably be worth it if he tells us that we can get a 32" tub.

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Old 01-19-2010, 10:41 AM   #4
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If you are not sure, then yes I would cut an access hole and see what your up against. If your still not sure call a plumber out. Better to be safe than sorry.
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