I am looking for information on the pros and cons of getting a walk in
tub. I have 3 Companies coming by next week and I need to know what to
look for and what questions to ask. I know that they take a few minutes
to drain and I can live with that.
Are there any other pitfalls I should be aware of?
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Expensive to buy. They need a lot of water and time to fill. they need
time to drain.
I took the tub out and put in a shower base. The shower is 32 x 60 and
has a handheld spray and rain shower head. Plenty of room to but a
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 5:09:28 PM UTC-8, Chuck wrote:
Have an ambulance standing by for the heart attack when they tell you the cost.
My sister says they told her $12,000. I find that hard to believe but when the ads start offering $1,000 off you know it is high priced goods.
When I asked at the plumbing supply house, they told me the cost of
just the tub starts at about $4500. That is just for the tub, no
installation or plumbing.
I just finished a rather nice bathroom renovation for $10,000
including ceramic tile on most of the walls, dual shower heads, top of
the line real wood vanity.
On Thursday, January 23, 2014 7:09:28 PM UTC-6, Chuck wrote:
b. I have 3 Companies coming by next week and I need to know what to look f
or and what questions to ask. I know that they take a few minutes to drain
and I can live with that. Are there any other pitfalls I should be aware of
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I would worry about the weight factor if the tub volume is greater than the
volume of the present bathtub it is going to replace. Water gets heavy re
al fast when you use gallons of it.
Remember that you have to sit in the tub with no clothes on while it fills
and then again while it drains, you may catch a chill sitting there all wet.
They must have to change the plumbing to fit the new tub shape, do they get
plumbing permits and inspections? Or, do they just jury rig it to get it
Do they have to cut any joists in order to move the plumbing? Do they get a
building inspector to approve the structural changes?
I have seen the TV ads, while they are selling walk in tubs they seem to be
selling renovations instead as you cannot just drop a tub in without changes
to the room.
Do they want payment up front before they even start the work? What stops
them from doing a crappy job once they have your money.
You may need a bigger water heater or a large tank-less to supply enough hot
water -- this will probably be part of their sales pitch. Remember, if you
rent your water heater, you may have a penalty to pay if you allow a
different company to change the heater to a new larger one.
His post is full of misinformation.
You need a bigger water heater than you have to fill a walk-in tub?
You don't have to, and probably no one ever has, filled any tub to the
top unless they didn't expect to get in it. There's a little thing
called water displacement to consider.
to bathe and get clean sitting in ones own waste isnt appealing to me;(
look at the ring left when you have drained the tub, that gunk is on your body.
Showers are much better they actually wash off the dirt & crud
No need to stand. There are many seats available. My wife uses one and
with a 3' handrail can easily get up and down. I don't know if the
handheld would be a good enough sub for the water jets, but with the
rainhead there is the potential for plenty of heat.
The big difference for us, my wife could not get down in a tub no matter
how good the jets may be.
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