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Old 09-15-2015, 11:50 AM   #1
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Another Bath Tub Recommendation Thread


I normally stay in my own area.......the painting forum for the most part; however, I am remodeling my 1950's era bathroom and need some advice on bath tubs.

At first, I just wanted a simple 5 ft. tub and a surround, but, many of those types of tubs (I've installed a few) are cheaply made and with a family of four, I don't know how well it will hold up.

Now, that I'm getting more comfortable with doing tile work, I am considering a whirlpool tub and then doing some subway tile instead of a surround. The thing about the whirlpool tub is that you use a lot of water to cover the jets, maintenance seems to be an issue (jets, pumps, etc.), and, of course the cost.

Any recommendations? I'm a quick shower kind of guy, but, my wife and at least one child, like to soak in the tub. I didn't think this would end up being such a tough decision!
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I can't help you with that choice---I haven't installed a 5 foot whirlpool in many years--I'm just bumping this for you---Mike----
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Hmm, sorry i missed this thread.
I had a 5' jetted tub and the wife didn't like it because it was a hassle to keep the jets clean. The pump was a little loud too.
We took it out and went with a tub and tile surround.....

I suppose there are quiet units available but I can't help you there
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The big objection to 5 foot whirlpools is the size---the actual 'bowl' is rather small due to the pump taking up space under the tub---so tall people are all hunched up sitting in them.
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Another issue with a whirlpool is the height. I put in a Jacuzzi Cetra in 2000. Seemed like a good idea at the time. Tub is 19" high with a 3/4" bottom shower door track.
My choice today would be a nice cast iron tub.
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We had one house with a whirlpool tub. Never again. We hardly used it because it was so hard to clean. Our current house has a soaker tub because my wife liked it. We don't hardly use it either because at our age it's just too hard to get into and out of.
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Thank you, all. This was just the kind of information I was hoping you could provide. Us painters don't delve into the plumbing realm very often.
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The black specs from the old soap are no fun either.
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I swear it Gymshu, I've seen more of those whirlpool type tubs getting pulled out during renos over the past several years than I can count. I honestly think they were a thing for a while, but they're a dying breed.
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I have a sterling unit that came with walls been in for 10 years now and had no problems. I'm not a light boy.
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