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    Default What's the secret sauce on manuerving a Drop in Cast Iron Tub

    Cast Iron Standalone or Apron Tub. No Problem. Just shimmy and set it it's place...with tons of help.

    How about a 60" Cast Iron Drop In - with a working width of 60".....
    I do prefer the cast iron, as the missus likes the soak.

    Just wondering any tips on how to get a 300 pounder up and over when you only really have leverage on the front and some wiggle room
    with now walls nailed up, and you have your *hands* on the framing..

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    BTW, one more detail. Went tub shopping today...
    Unless all the floor models were installed to a certain spec, are tubs about 2" higher these days compared to previous yester-years models.

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    The Kohler Villager is 60x30x14
    Once it's in a bathroom I can set it by myself.

    http://www.terrylove.com/forums/show...-Cast-Iron-Tub

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    Heh. I remember that thread. Dropping and CI right on the floor is much much easier than.... figuring out how to life the beast for a drop in, with no room in the back and just *open wall* for hands on the other 2 sides. Might have to play around, cleat it from the drain and do some McGuyvering winching it up and over

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    A 60" "drop in tub" in a 60" recess is a disaster waiting to happen, even if you install the "optional tile bead". You put the "cleats" on the back 3 sides, then slide it in, before finishing the front "wall".
    Licensed residential and commercial plumber

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    OMG. I was thinking about the *box* and did not think about just the 3 cleats as the platform and then deal with the front from there.
    RO - etc to be built. So I should be good on that...

    HJ. A lifesaver. I suppose that CI is not entirely ruled out for the tub replacement versus acrylic.

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    How about a 60" Cast Iron Drop In - with a working width of 60".....
    I skipped the part about this being a drop in tub. If you are tiling down to it, like putting it within three walls, you may have problems with water.
    Drop-Ins normally aren't for showering.

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    Any reason on not for showering - if Given the Premise that the construction of the walls to the tub will be waterproofed correctly.

    I have to dig some tech sheets. Was looking at a couple different tubs - have yet to decided on one.
    One was a drop it with a tile flange. I believe I was just going to choose the non flanged as was planning to make my own *flashing*

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