Boy did I mess this one up. The main bathtub in my house was a one-piece
fiberglass unit installed 25 years ago. It could only hold water to about
7-1/2". My wife wanted a tub that would allow her to take a bath in 13-1/2" of
water. I measured the tub and determined that it was 60x32. Fergusons and
everyone I asked said that was a standard size.
A friend game me the name of the plumber she likes and uses. He agreed to
install the new tub. When he got there, he removed the old one in pieces. When
he set the new one in place, he determined that the old tub was 30-1/2" instead
of 32". He said it would have to stick out by an unwanted 1-1/2". The bathroom
is quite small, so that's not good, but it's workable.
An hour later I look in on him, and the tub is all the way in. It seems that
things are going well. Long story short, when he's done, the surround (bought
with the tub) is sticking out about 1/2" around the opening. He says he knows a
trim carpenter who can clean it up and make it look right. The drywall above the
surround has to be repaired, as well. He removed the left side of the door
casing because the surround sticks out too far.
At this point, I'm think I'm going to go by Lowes and get a quote for ripping
out the brand new surround and installing tile. Doing so will keep me from
having to make several structural changes to the walls in the bathroom. Why
Lowes? When the guy was done, I asked him if he was a licensed plumber. Much to
my surprise, he said, "No, I worked under another guy's license." Right.
I have no one to blame but myself. The only thing I know to do is to suck it up
and make it right. These sorts of problems (lack of knowledge and expertise on
my part) are why I am so reluctant to try to remodel the house. I have yet to
find a skilled craftsman who does a good job. If I go through Lowes, I'll
probably get the same workers, but at least Lowes will have to make it right.
Some of you guys in this newsgroup are obviously skilled craftsmen. I wish you
were in my area. It hurts my feelings to waste money.
Done bitching. For now.