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...Should I tackle this myself?

The tub is yellow, the fixtures are shot, and the surround is a hideous brown swirled marble...hence the need for a remodel!


Is this something I should attempt to tackle myself? I am not wanting to go back with anything fancy, just a simple tub and cheap shower surround.



 

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maybe. how are your skills? do you have tools? you have left out a great amount of info. do you think that i could fly a commercial jet?
 

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maybe. how are your skills? do you have tools? you have left out a great amount of info. do you think that i could fly a commercial jet?

Probably for a minute or so...depends on what altitude you start out at! :laughing:

I do have a fair amount of tools and can buy what I need if I have to. As far as my skills, I consider myself pretty handy and have done some simple stuff myself. I pride myself on being able to search for how to's online, then turn around and try it myself.
 

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Shower enclosures come as a pre-made units that screw up with a few fasteners. If no re-plumbing (soldering, etc) is needed, then the biggest skill set you'll need to replace the surround is taping the new sheetrock.

I just did my tub myself and it was cake...I left the soldering to someone who doesn't leave leaky joints like me:huh:. Drain work is pretty straight forward stuff. It's pvc and either glues or screws...
 

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I was thinking if I needed to, I could get the sheetrock done and I think I can handle the plumbing myself.

Does a frame or anything have to be built for the new tub?
 

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Shouldn't need to. Tubs are pretty standard. measure your opening (rough opening, not to the face) and go to your plumbing supply. A 5'-0" tub needs a 5'-0" rough...If it's slightly wider you can fur it out as needed.
 

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We finally got around to demo'ing the bathroom surround. I am debating on replacing the tub vs refinishing it in a different color.

Anyway, I have questions... Do I sheetrock over the tub lip or behind it? I think the old stuff was behind it but with three buddies helping and eggnog flowing, I did not think to look! :whistling2: There is a space between the tub lip and the wall framing so I am thinking behind...so I am assuming that then the cheap shower surround will go over the lip? Am I correct in this?

I have decided to let a plumber replace the entire fixture...not sure I want to learn that one!





 

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Are you planing on keeping that nasty old ugly tub? If you do you could buy a two piece tub set and replace the whole thing, tub and walls in two steps.
If your keeping the tub it can be refinished in place before the walls go up. the best encloshers are nailed directly to the studs, There at least twice as thick as a glued on ones and nothing to come unglued and leak.
 
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That is something we are still debating on...I can get this one redone for $175. We will be pricing new tub/surrounds tomorrow and trying to figure out which direction to take
 

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Yellow fixtures went out in the 70's and will never be a selling point.
 

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These were put in when my dad had the house built in 1978...lots of memories in that tub! BUT IT HAS TO GO...either the whole tub or a new paint job! Either way, the yellow will be history!
 

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I personally would replace the tub....that's just my opinion.

If you are going to do the three-piece fiberglass surround, then you typically won't need any sheathing behind it. They screw right to the rough framing and the sheetrock terminates on top of the mounting flange. This is of course, if you buy that type of surround panels. There are ones that glue to wall sheathing. You're best bet is to go shopping first and decide what it is you want to put in. Then you'll know exactly what you'll need to do as the installation instructions will tell you...
 

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We have decided to replace the tub with one a little wider and deeper...I will be posting a new thread to acquire LOTS of help!
 

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It is a slab foundation type home so I am hoping I am not getting in over my head...be on the lookout for a new post!
 
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