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Oye.,...the money pit is def a real phrase!

Hi, I am new to this board and am looking forward to getting some help/info.

Long story short: We have a leak from the upstairs tub area to our kitchen downstairs. My BIL is a plumber and came over to find that it is not about pipes. Apparently, the leak is coming from the lip/edge of the tub when we take showers. Somehow the water is getting in btween the tile and edge of tub. We cauked the crap out of the area we think it is coming from and it seems to have worked but we know it is not a perm solution.

On top of that we have the original cast iron tub that we ahd reglazed from pink to white and that is starting to peel now.

So BIL said we should demo the tub and tile on walls of bath. Otehr BIL does tile..so fine we are going to do it.

My question is: how do we go about getting the cast tiron out?

What type of drop-in/soaking tub is the best these days. We do not want to go the cast iron route again but I am not sure what is next best. Fiberglass? Acrylic?

Thanks and I am sure I will be back with way more questions.
 

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You will definitely have fun with this one. Get some good safety glasses, heavy leather gloves,
NOT CLOTH, and an 8-16 lb. sledge hammer and wail on the tub until it breaks. Then break it down into manageable pieces and carefully carry ithem out to the trash. Be REALLY carefull the porcelian shards and the broken cast iron are very very sharp and porcelian slivers hurt like HELL and are difficult to get out of flesh.
 

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If you don't want cast iron again the next best thing will probably be acrylic. I had an Americast tub that I just replaced with acrylic. I have read a few bad reviews on the Americast material, but mine was fine. I would have used it again but they did not have the right size and style we wanted.
After talking to several plumbers I decided the acrylic tubs are fine, just follow the mfg directions for installation.
 
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