Americast "creak" under load
Posted by Paul Brick on April 09, 2004 at 13:17:00:
I have installed an Americast Princeton bathtub and find that flex under load at the back wall stringer creates a creaking noise. I confirmed the tub to be level front to back and side to side. The flange of the tub has a small gap (1/6 to 3/32 of an inch) at the drain end when resting on the stringer and the flex noise in that area stops when a small cedar wedge is fitted. I cannot find any other point with a tub flange to stringer gap of any sort.

I have removed the tub inspected the stringer and floor and found them to be dead level, parallel and smooth.

In preparation for reinstallation, I sanded off the mold selvage along the underside of the tubs flange area but am wondering whether there is any sort of bedding that I might put on the stringer to eliminate gaps and the resultant creaking noise when loaded? I'm concerned that whatever I do needs to be able to support the roughly 700 pound of water that a full tub will hold and have reasonable longevity.

Given the large number of these tubs sold I can't believe I'm the only one experiencing this problem.

An ideas/suggestions will be appreciated!

Paul B.




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