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I am considering a walk in bath for my wife. I have info in two different companies but am not yet convinced which one to buy. Have any of you guys purchased a walk in bath? If so, what are your experiences, both pro and con. I don't know what the prices are. They tell me I have to schedule a home visit so they can see what needs to be done to install. Right now I am just collecting info. Thanks for any input you can give. Chuck B.
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I am considering a walk in bath for my wife. I have info in two different companies but am not yet convinced which one to buy. Have any of you guys purchased a walk in bath? If so, what are your experiences, both pro and con. I don't know what the prices are. They tell me I have to schedule a home visit so they can see what needs to be done to install. Right now I am just collecting info. Thanks for any input you can give. Chuck B.
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I haven't bought one, but I would be concerned on how fast it drains. According to the commercials I've seen, you have to walk in and then let the water fill-up in order to bathe. I suspect that you'll also have to wait for the water to drain before stepping out. What if you need to get out in a hurry for some unknown reason?
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On 1/13/2013 8:50 PM, rlz wrote:

Good point. I hadn't thought of that. Chuck B
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googling and found this - a Quick Drain system http://www.americanstandard-us.com/bathroom-products/walk-in-baths /
Over to the side of the search links of Google it listed 4 tubs. They were $3300 to $5300 (uninstalled???). If you can stay in your own home, seems like it's worth it.
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Read this...claims that most tubs drain in 3-5 minutes with standard plumbing.
http://www.universaldesignspecialists.com/item/u.html
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On 1/13/2013 10:10 PM, Chuck wrote:

I'd also wondered about how quickly one could get out of the tub. Even if it's not for an urgent situation, just because it'd cold sitting there with nothing on. You could eventually put a robe on, but probably not until the water level went down. On the flip side, I've wondered about sitting there waiting for the tub to fill. I'm a shower person now, but back in the day I know I'd completely run the bath before getting into the warm water.
If I had trouble getting into the tub, which I anticipate some day, I think I'd rather have a walk-in shower with a chair/stool. I've considered replacing my current tub with the larger conversions ("bathfitter")showers they show on TV. I'm mostly hesitant because of resale value since the house would have no tub.
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wrote:

Good points I hadn't considered, though I haven't given these things more than a passing thought, like anything else "as advertised on TeeVee".

After having showers in two homes, now, I'd never buy a house without one. I couldn't care less about a bathtub (both houses have had them in the master but I've never used them). OTOH, I believe it's generally code to have at least one bathtub in the house, not that it would stop me. The shower is one of the reasons we haven't "downsized" - rather the opposite.
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We bought a house about 7 years ago. It had 2 full baths in it. The master bedroom and bath was down stairs. My wife did not like the looks of the master bath so I had it redone. We took out the tub and put in a walk in shower. The shower is small, about 3 or 4 feet square. made out of the man made marble subistute. Forgot what it is called, but it is mixed up like epoxy glue. It was made to fit the space we wanted it in. Best thing we did for the house. You only have to step up about 2 inches, maybe 3 inches to get into it. The door for it is hinged and is glass.
If we do want a tub bath we can always go up stairs for that.
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This site offers suggestions, such as installing a heater fan above the tub to keep warm. However, I can see issues with this based on my experience with heater fans in bathrooms.
http://www.universaldesignspecialists.com/item/u.html
I have a heater fan in my basement bathroom and I use it during the colder months while sitting on the throne since the basement is pretty cool. Sometimes it's gets warmer than I would like. I can reach the switch from the toilet, but I don't think it's code to have the switch within reach of a tub/shower.
If the heater fan were on a thermostat or had a remote control I can see that as a possible solution to sitting around naked in a filling/ draining tub.
Of course, if it were me, I'd go for a walk-in shower with a bench. I've never been a fan (no pun intended) of baths.
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On 1/14/2013 9:29 AM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

Heck, I want a walk in shower that works like a car wash, the things are available for dogs, why not for people? ^_^
TDD
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On Jan 14, 2:35pm, The Daring Dufas <the-daring-du...@stinky- finger.net> wrote:

I have one of those.
I walk into the shower and SWMBO washes me, head to toe.
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On 1/14/2013 2:24 PM, DerbyDad03 wrote:

So she's a pet caretaker? ^_^
TDD
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On Jan 14, 4:02pm, The Daring Dufas <the-daring-du...@stinky- finger.net> wrote:

Well, I am the alpha-dog in my house.
You can trust me on that, no need to bother her with that question. Really, don't ask her. OK? Please?
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On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 15:02:27 -0600, The Daring Dufas

No, a machine.
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remember a big walk in tub will likely require more hot water to fill it, OP may need a larger water heater:(
If I had my way I would have a walk in shower where the shower floors low spot is the drain......
Thus nothing to step over +++ if the toilet runs over the water goes down the shower drain:)
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On 1/14/2013 5:54 PM, bob haller wrote:

I always liked the locker room showers that had enough water pressure to peal the skin off your body. Now those things would blast the dirt off of you. I used to carry my own unrestricted shower head and wrench set around with me when I traveled because I can't stand shower heads that trickle tiny little jets of water. ^_^
TDD
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On Mon, 14 Jan 2013 18:35:15 -0600, The Daring Dufas

My last house had a rain shower head, mounted at the ceiling (~9'). The plumbers who installed everything screwed up the job so there wasn't much pressure in the house (the irrigation system worked great, go figure). I really liked the rain head. At least the water in free fall was enough to rinse shampoo out of the hair. The shower was a PITA to clean, though because there was no way to spray the walls down. It was pretty big (6'x6') so the rain head didn't even come close to the walls.
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On Jan 14, 5:52pm, snipped-for-privacy@attt.bizz wrote:

At times...
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On Sunday, January 13, 2013 1:38:23 PM UTC-8, Chuck wrote:

You want to bring a little bit of a health facility comfort to your home I guess. Well, guess what, commercial sink traps are 2 while residential trap sizes are 1 . Now you know what size to tell the plumber to install the next time you have your bathroom remodeled.
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