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    Default Steel tub tear out / Kohler Villager install - Alcove - Block Wall

    Hello,

    Could you offer some advice on tearing out our existing steel tub and replacing with a CI tub?

    We are pretty sure we are going to go with a Kohler Villager in biscuit to match Toto sinks and toilet that are Sedona beige.

    Does anyone know if Kohler biscuit is the same color at Toto Sedona Beige?

    The existing tub is 60" x 30" and set in an alcove of a 1959 block home. In other words, the back wall is block and covered by plaster.

    We ripped out the first course of tile and backer board just to see what we are working with in terms of flange, stud location, etc. There also appeared to be a bit of mold behind the tile where the original grout had gaps...

    We are trying to figure out if it makes sense to pull the tub out/install new CI tub through the bathroom or cut open one of the adjacent bedroom walls to remove/install that way. The bedrooms are mostly empty right now.

    Can anyone offer some advice on options here?

    Also, we read many posts on this subject, both on this forum and elsewhere (including Terry's on Villager install), so we are somewhat familiar with the subject.

    However, none of the posts describe installing where the back wall is block/plaster. They all deal with a back wall that has studs.

    At this point, since we haven't got the steel tub out yet, we don't know if there is a ledger board. Either way, when we install the new CI tub, how do we attach a ledger board to the block/plaster wall? Any special tips based on experience?

    Thanks for your expert advice!

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