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Old 12-12-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Bathtub question

Time to start reassembling bath as next step in near-total redo. There was a stainless steel plate measuring 8 x 30in between the underside of the tub and the reinforcing plywood underneath, all of which sat on the plywood platform supporting the tub. I can find no reference to this plate in any forum discussion on bath assembly nor in the service manual. My guess is this a PO bright idea, as the tub was cracked and leaking at the drain. (I've found many PO bright ideas, using that phrase with gritted teeth.)

Any help on this before I put the bath back together?

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Old 12-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #2
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Time to start reassembling bath as next step in near-total redo. There was a stainless steel plate measuring 8 x 30in between the underside of the tub and the reinforcing plywood underneath, all of which sat on the plywood platform supporting the tub. I can find no reference to this plate in any forum discussion on bath assembly nor in the service manual. My guess is this a PO bright idea, as the tub was cracked and leaking at the drain. (I've found many PO bright ideas, using that phrase with gritted teeth.)

Any help on this before I put the bath back together?

Thanks,
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Unlikely to be a previous owner's bright idea unless the previous owner also removed the tub and replaced it. And found that his new tub wasn't quite the right fit, so it needed a spacer to provide support.

Install your new tub exactly in accordance with the tub manufacterer's instructions, and don't put in anything you don't need to put in.
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Old 12-13-2013, 12:40 PM   #3
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The bathtub and rest of the bath is original AS, but with obvious attempts at makeshift fixes for the leaking drain. Is the stainless steel plate original to the bath or not? I don't want to use it if not.

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I would say not original. Also I see no reason to have it under there.
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The bathtub and rest of the bath is original AS, but with obvious attempts at makeshift fixes for the leaking drain. Is the stainless steel plate original to the bath or not? I don't want to use it if not.

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I apologize for failing to comprehend the problem. As I see it… If your replacement tub isn't an exact copy of factory original, it doesn't matter if the one you're taking out is original or not. Install the new one exactly in accordance with the tub manufacturer's instructions, and you're good, no matter what was in there before. If the manufacturer of the new tub doesn't call for a steel plate under it, then don't use one.
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I did not have any type of metal plate under the tub in our 1970 when I removed the rear bath.
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Thanks, guys. More convinced now to leave it out as the old tub goes back in, but with new, epoxied plywood base. By the way, Marine Tex worked great repairing the crack at the drain, and was easy to use.
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Please post some pics of your work. I'm in the process of re doing my bathroom as well. Did you refinish the tub?
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The plastic bath parts are going to a bath refinishing company after the holidays. I am doing all the trailer work by myself, and after 12 months of every spare minute either working on it or feeling guilty that I'm not, I started looking for ways to delegate.

I decided that 1) I had no place to work with the epoxy paint indoors where I could handle the fumes and temp required; 2) the paint itself is not cheap; 3) I trust the guy doing it to do a far better job than I could at a reasonable price; 4) this is one job I just didn't want to do.

I'll post pictures of the install as it progresses. In the meantime I'll get to working on the furnace and ducts, etc.

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Well I'm kinda there with you. I'm at the point where I'm building the counter top. I'm taking the cut plywood form to a cabinet shop to have the laminate installed. I have never done it before, and don't want to ruin $100 worth of laminate learning. I figure for $100 for labor is worth it. Plus one less step I have to do. Having the tub done by a pro is a good idea.

I used the por 15 white hard nose. It was really hard to keep from running, and I ended up with waves in the finish. Sad really, I really took my time, and did thing coats with a brush. But you don't really notice unless I point the out.
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