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Dan McConnon
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« on: November 22, 2011, 04:05:02 PM »

Hey Guys,

In the place I'm living, we have an additional bathroom that we want to start using, but noticed that the bathtub has a 2 1/2" crack in floor of the tub. It's below the slope of the side, so it is truly in the floor of the tub, and when pressed, about 1 1/2" is through the tub body. It is a standard 5' fiberglass tub (not full shell, just the tub) surrounded by a separate surround. Is there a way to fix this type of damage, or must the tub itself be replaced? I have included photos of the damage, though they may be a little bit grainy. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


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« Reply #1 on: November 22, 2011, 05:34:09 PM »

Hey Dan,
Now-a-days, there's ways to fix just about anything. The question is: should you? Price vs effectivness vs replace. Personally, I would look at it as the perfect time to remodel/replace that old tub. Could be the perfect Christmas present for the wifey!
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« Reply #2 on: November 22, 2011, 07:05:35 PM »

Sadly it's the wifey's mothers who owns the place, and we're having to use this tub, as the shower surround and fixtures in the master bath were incorrectly installed/sealed and all the studs and backer are rotten. So am trying to have it so we have one place to shower while the other is out of commission. I guess in the short term heavy duct taping would do the trick while I fix one tub, then can address the other. Sigh...
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« Reply #3 on: November 22, 2011, 07:06:12 PM »

Jeff's right...there are companies out there that will repair the tub, but is a fiberglass tub really worth repairing vs. replacing?  Do your research, check prices...you might be surprised that a new set up is equal or less expensive.

FYI; I do a lot of bath remodels...we use a lot of Sterling tubs and surrounds...Wink
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« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2011, 08:20:43 PM »

Auto body repair! :-0

Use the tub, and it will end up like your shower! ;-)

I'm working on John Rich's leaking swimming pool.
I'd be happy to do the same at your place!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlqwP7Cy70g
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« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2011, 01:04:58 AM »

They can be repaired but it is only a slightly longer term stop gap.  Just like any crack, it will continue unless relieved.  Be prepared for moisture damage underneath.  Replacement will be less expensive now than later.
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« Reply #6 on: November 25, 2011, 12:05:40 AM »

So it's fiberglass?  I can remember years ago when our family had the old pop-up campers, my dad always had to fix the corners of the fiberglass top which always cracked. It was (like David said) auto body repair, just fiberglass cloth, resin and a hardener. You would have to do it from the backside, but it might last a while.

Alternatively, you might just put one of those bathtub stickers over the crack which people use for traction. Those things stick incredibly well and it would mark the spot so people can avoid putting pressure there(and it may be enough to seal it). You can also stop the crack if you drill a small hole (maybe 1/8") at each of the ends, assuming you can find the ends. Of course you have to get over the fear of drilling holes in your tub, but since it's cracked anyway that might not be too hard.

Those are the "fix it over the weekend so it lasts another month and then you use it for another year" suggestions.  Good Luck man.
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« Reply #7 on: November 25, 2011, 11:37:23 AM »

Dan, here are a few links on how to repair a fiberglass bathtub. I hope the links work. Good luck on repairing the tub. I have repaired several tubs over the years, not that hard to do.

http://www.ehow.com/how_6554671_repair-fiberglass-bathtub.html

http://video.search.yahoo.com/video/play?p=how%20to%20repair%20a%20fiberglass%20bathtub&tnr=21&vid=1177756304772&l=163&turl=http%3A%2F%2Fts1.mm.bing.net%2Fvideos%2Fthumbnail.aspx%3Fq%3D1177756304772%26id%3D88f95bae661dc448092f2debd41d8121%26bid%3D0c2iSOh15ael%252bA%26bn%3DThumb%26url%3Dhttp%253a%252f%252fwww.youtube.com%252fwatch%253fv%253dbOKLKuPd2fk&rurl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.youtube.com%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DbOKLKuPd2fk&sigr=11anr7j91&newfp=1&tit=The+Bathtub+Medic+-+Bathtub+Crack+Repair

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/244445/diy_home_improvement_tips_how_to_repair.html?cat=6

http://www.westsystem.com/ss/fiberglass-tub-and-shower-repair-2
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2014, 03:42:56 AM »

Gary's got some amazing sites there that are really helpful with your plumbing problem. However, I do have to agree with Jeffrey and for you to really start looking at replacements soon; especially if you're still using the tub now while deciding what to do with it. You can try resin or putty just to have a temporary fix, but again, the weak point has already been created in the tub and you don't want to have to call in an emergency plumber. So it's a good idea to start hunting for some good sales on the bathroom facilities. 
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« Reply #9 on: February 25, 2014, 05:48:50 PM »

Check out bathtub liners.

http://www.bciacrylic.com/
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« Reply #10 on: February 25, 2014, 08:48:16 PM »

Since we're coming up on two and a half years since he had this problem, I'm betting it has been addressed. Smiley

Either that or he now needs advice on major water damage below a tub.
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« Reply #11 on: February 28, 2014, 01:50:49 PM »

Dan, what did you end up doing with this tub?
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