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    DIY Junior Member JEP's Avatar
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    Default Steel of Acrylic Tub

    I will be replacing the current steel bathtub in my bathroom. Cast iron is not an option for a few reasons cost etc. My choices are Steel or Acrylic. Is one better than the other? What are the pros and cons?

    I know both should be bedded in mortar. What kind of mortar is the best to use?

    Thanks John

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    Default tubs

    The only two advantages to steel are that it is cheap and it is light, so it can be carried easier. I am not very fond of acrylic either, but if those are the only two choices you have, then it is the only one you should use.

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    Thanks hj

    Excluding cast iron, are there other choices I'm missing that I should be considering?

    Thanks John

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    I'm replacing a bathtub 60" x 30". I have found these two so far.

    http://www.americanstandard-us.com/P...asp?prodID=234

    http://www.lascobathware.com/browse....0-30&series=12

    Anyone here have any experience or recommendations as to which is a better option?

    Anyone have any better alternatives for this size bathtub (not cast iron)?

    Thanks John

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    I saw this at Home Depot for $299.00. I thought cast iron was much more expensive than this. Does anyone know if this is any good?

    http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatal...5&module=Baths

    Thanks John

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    316 lbs for the kohler. thats a hump up the stairs. hard enough taking one down. american standard makes an americast tub. solid and lighter. good thing about acrylic, besides being light, is the color goes all the way thru. as long as the tub is installed correctly you would be ok. would not recommend the lasco for your own home. maybe a job were customer wants the something for nothing!

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    I know getting the Kohler cast iron tub up the stairs and in place will not be easy, but I'm thinking that down the road I won't be saying I should have.

    It seems some folks here are not crazy about acrylic and steel tubs.

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    Default Get an Americast

    This is easy... get an Americast tub. Home Depot sells them.

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