It drives me crazy to replace the old tub because it is an old cast
iron thing (I think) that is likely sixty hears old. It is functional
but we're planning on redoing the whole bathroom and the tub just
isn't shinny enough for one of us. That strikes me as a poor reason to
rip it out but, well, you know.
I've scanned a few years of messages here and the option of
resurfacing (or rather, painting) apparently only lasts for five years
even if done by a professional. There seems to be no point in redoing
the room and then having to rip out the tub when it starts to peel.
Here's the plan. It's a small bathroom that is the width of the tub (5
1/2 feet I think). There is a separate stall shower which gets used,
while the tub mostly holds the cat litterbox. Not very sightly but
functional. So, we replace the tub with something and add a shower.
The litterbox moves to the stall shower and I add some sort of dust
filter there to deal with the litter dust.
The question really is what kind of tub to use as a replacement. I
figure that as long as we're ripping the old one out that I might as
well replace it with a small whirlpool thing. However, there is a
question of major cleaning problems with something like that, as well
as durability. Most of the time it will be used as a shower.
So, plain bathtub or jacuzzi? Plastic or metal? Other thoughts
welcome. Money is, naturally, an issue and I'm hiring someone to do
this. I can fix minor stuff but I'm not capable of doing a bathroom.