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Avaire Archive 06-23-2009 09:53 AM

Clawfoot tub
Author: Fred Blom
Date: 7/19/2008 8:41 pm EDT
Any suggestions or information of installation beneath a clawfoot tub?

Avaire Archive 06-23-2009 09:53 AM

Author: Chris
Date: 7/19/2008 11:21 pm EDT
Great question.

This one of those situations that no matter what floor is being installed this type of tub causes problems.

Because Avaire tile is a floating floor it's best the tub is removed and reinstalled after the floor is installed. Cutting and maintaining proper expansion spaces around the feet is very difficult.

If the plumbing can be disconnected the tile can be set right up to the tub and then th tub can be set on the tile without having to remove the tub from the room.

Make sure replacement supply lines and drain parts are available before you disconnect the tub, some parts are not readily available at home centers.

Whenever you install Avaire tile in wet areas such as bathrooms make sure you fill the perimeter expansion spaces with silicon to prevent water from getting under the floor.

Avaire Archive 06-23-2009 09:54 AM

Author: The Avaire Team
Date: 7/19/2008 11:28 pm EDT
A number of websites sell a "coaster" designed to distribute the weight and protect the floor. Do a google search using the terms

clawfoot tub coaster

and you will find them. Here is one site: http://www.signaturehardware.com/class218

If possible, you'll want to avoid having the legs span a grout joint. Also, please take extra care to ensure the subfloor under the tiles is flat and stable.

I haven't seen one of these coasters, but it would be best if there was a thin later of felt or other padding on the bottom of the coaster.

A cast iron tub can weigh 300 pounds. Add 50 gallons of water (400 pounds) and 250+ pounds for a person, and you have nearly 1,000 pounds of weight! If the subfloor is solid and you use coasters, you should be OK.

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