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Thread: Help on Tub Surround!

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    DIY Junior Member Barney1's Avatar
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    Apr 2007

    Default Help on Tub Surround!

    I just brought home my second 3-piece bath surround by Crane from Lowes. The first one had a cracked main back panel and the second on had the main panel cracked and the left panel was in pieces. This stuff seems very flimsy. I guess once its glued to the drywall it should be ok. I see that Home Depot sells something similar by American Shower & Bath but Iím not sure if its any stronger. I also see that Lowes and HD sell Sterling, but not sure if it will work with the Americast tub that I bought. Any help or advice would be helpful. I guess I can go and get two more sets of the Crane and hope that finally I can have a complete set then return the others.

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    Plumber jimbo's Avatar
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    Aug 2004
    San Diego


    The box stores never figure out that their system for material handling.....high volume, underpaid staff, not enough staff, inadequate storage space......provides a guarantee that heavy or bulky items such as your shower wall set will be mishandled. A certain amount of damage occurs and is considered acceptable. They just write it off and accept it as a cost of doing business, not mindful of how it disrupts a customer's day!

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    DIY Member Dan Pick's Avatar
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    Feb 2007
    Speedway, IN


    If you've had 2 out of 3 cracked in the box.........I think I would be leary of putting this up in my house as a long term solution.

    I would suggest going with acrylic or solid surface. You'll pay more up front but you'll thank me everyday after the install. You're saving enough on the DIY installation upgrade the product and have a first class installation.

    Good Luck, Dan


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