Acrylic bath


Postby howellski » Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:37 pm

This may seem a silly question but I would like an answer if anybody has one. I am replacing a cast iron bath with an acrylic one. Predictably it now feels a bit flimsy to me. Is there any way of reinforcing it, perhaps with fibreglass to make it feel more solid?
Thanks for any help given.
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Postby ALDA » Thu Mar 20, 2008 5:19 pm

H,

DEPENDS ON THE EXACT MEANS OF INSTALLATION REALY, BUT YOU MAY BE ABLE TO INTRODUCE A SECONDARY TIMBER FRAMEWORK UNDER AND AROUND TUB TO PREVENT MOVEMENT.
IT MAY ALL SEAM A BIT "HEATH ROBINSON" BUT IT WILL ALL BE HIDDEN BEHIND THE BATH PANEL AND IF IT HAS THE DESIRED AFFECT THEN ITS WORTH A TRY IN MY VIEW.

SHOULD FILL AN EASTER SATURDAY AFTERNOON IN NICELY!!!

HAPPY DIY'ING.

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Postby Skids » Fri Mar 21, 2008 12:59 pm

Hi howellski

Hope you got a good price for the ‘cast iron bath’

Take the acrylic bath back and get a proper one, by the time you have spent money on fibreglass and reinforcing it, it would have been cost effective to get a better bath, sorry to be blunt.

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Postby nitro23456 » Mon Mar 24, 2008 1:23 pm

your acrylic bath should have a bonded base board and frame round the outsside anyway. If it has these and is installed correctly with all 5 legs and fixed to the wall it should be strong - mine doesnt move at all.
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Postby htg engineer » Mon Mar 24, 2008 4:15 pm

Does it not just seem flimsy because you're used to the old cast iron bath ?

Surely the bath would have been made to take the weight of water and people, the weight is taken by the baseboard and distributed through the legs which will be strong - should be covered it fibreglass.

If it has a uncovered wooden board I wouldn't fit it, take it back and get another one - other than that - it's a bath and will serve the purpose for it was meant.

I have just fitted a bath in my house from cheapsuites.co.uk, very sturdy and decent legs, very good quality and I would recommend them.
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