04:18AM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 03/04/03
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Not sure where to post this question, please feel free to move if it is in the wrong forum....

I am redoing my bathroom and had originally planned for a American Standard cadet 8 jet whirlpool. After careful consideration based on how often I am going to use it and only having a 50 gal. water heater I scratched the idea and have decided to go w/ a standard soaking tub 6x3 foot

Could anyone suggest a tub that they are really happy with, that comes 6x3?

Also I was wondering the differences between americast,fiberglass and acrylic and which is the best?

The color will be linen white nothing fancey..

your help is greatly appreciated.


plumber Tom

05:17AM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
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Americast is just porcelain on steel and very inexpensive. Fiberglass is durable,lightweight and can be custom installed in 1,2 or 3 piece sections. Acrylic is just a 1/4" plastic that bathfitters use to go over an existing tub. I still have the old cast-iron claw foot tub in my bathroom. My wife and I like the antique look. I know you what gas appliances you have from a previous post and your probably right about the demand of the hot water. That 6' whirlpool tub would consume most of your hot water. Here is a site that you can "size" your water heater if you decided on the whirlpool tub. I believe in July of this year that the ASTM safety devices will be mandatory on all water heater models over 40 gallons. You can click on the link "DEFENDER" on bradfordwhite's site and they will explain to you in detail how the new safety features work. Let us know what you decide Harvey, Good Luck, plumber Tom Edit Message: The reason I was telling you about the new water heaters is if you decided to upgrade the cost with the new safety features goes up in price ranging from $80.00 to $120.00 depending on the model you select.

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09:31AM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 03/04/03
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Thanks again Tom for your helpful insight.
I am almost positive I am gonna go w/ regular tub instead of whirlpool for previous reasons-plus I plan to stay in this house maybe another 6 years and then plan to rent out this home (god willing) I can save up enough for DP on new home, otherwise I will sell this house. A whirlpool is something a rental home should nto have IMO

currently there is a cast iron 48x48 tub w/ 2 seats on either side.Pepto-Bismal PINK!! the thing looks original and prolly was the S**T back when it was installed!!! Now I am going w/ a traditional tub 6x3 and I will have to put up a 3rd wall so it is enclosed-alcove, is that the proper term?

Funny, I currently have a 50 gal. Bradford-white water heater that was installed by my stepsister's boyfriend who works for a plumbing supply company here in NJ.

This was installed a little over a year ago so I guess that defender system was not required on my model- I doremember the water heater saying something about a hydro-jet system on it though. I think that is help prevent setiment build up?

So for my choice of material for tub it is between americast or fiberglass, I was told Fiberglas can crack very easily??

as always, thank you,

plumber Tom

11:01AM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
If you plan on renting it out, install the Americast. The standard is 5' not 6. The tub only costs $100.00. I think, not sure that all Bradford's were made once in Bradford,Pa. but I'm not sure. I think they are made in Michigan now. They are a great company with a great product. I have a 40 gal BW with the Hydrojet I installed in my home. I hope you got a good warranty with the installation Harvey. The supply house I use is so confident of the Bradford name that they extend the standard 6 year tank warranty to 10 years. They are able to do this because they sell so many. PS I wonder if your original homeowner had a hot pink '57 Chevy Bel-Aire convertible to match that tub?

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12:41PM | 01/27/04
Member Since: 03/04/03
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Hi Tom,

I realize the standard is 5 foot but I am almost 6 ft. and I have the space for a 6 foot x 3, so I think I will go with that.

With that said, I am completely gutting the bathroom and installing everything brand new- as I said before currently the whole color scheme is pink and gray, w/ pink and gray mosaic tile on the floor. YUCK!! original from 1952!!

I started to take a few tiles off the wall and it looks like I have cement and mesh chicken wire behind it?? What a mess this is gonna be!! ALl I can say is when they did walls back then they really made them strong!! The cement is pretty thick and REALLY hard to get down...

anyway, so you think americast is the best choice?? I am spending a decent amount on the remodel approx. 10k for everything-fixtures,tiles,tub etc.. including labor w/ me doing the demolition.

I plan on being here approx 6 years though so I will get plenty of use out of this remodel- the wife cannto stand the pepto bismal color motif!!

as always thanks for your input Tom.

best regards,

p.s. now a 57 cad in that pink is a different story!! lol

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