tub problem

Old 10-05-02, 09:47 AM
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An enclosed tub was installed in 1985. The underside is supported by a single board running down the middle of the tub. We are now noticing nailheads (??) beginning to poke through the bottom of tub along either side of the middle. They seem to be evenly spaced so we're assuming they are what connects the tub to it's outer casing. In his infinite wisdom, my brother used a board and hammer to push the ? nailheads ? back downward and it has helped. However, we need to know, does the tub need replaced or is there a way to remedy this problem by placing additional supports underneath the tub along the sides???? To do so, the tub has to be removed since it is placed in a tight space and there's no way to just slide supports in. Would this happen to be a defect or does this normally happen over time???
Old 10-07-02, 08:30 PM
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Tub Problem?


I surprised the nails didn't crack the finished side of the tub!

I have not seen this on any tubs. It's possible that some moisture has infiltrated the wood slats that are in fact part of the tub manufacturing process. Usually the tub would be placed on some type of mortar or joint compound base to give it solid support. If there was any movement, or if you ever noticed any movement when in the tub, this has not been done. The movement might have loosen the nails but this is unknown.

I would consider replacement of the whole unit to ensure that you don't have any problems and with pounding the nails down, there is no guarantee that there are no fractures within the material that could create some leakage even if it is not visible to the eye.

I don't have any good advice and repair may not resolve this and as you pointed out, you have no way to improve what is there. With a tub now over 17 years old, it may be wise to invest in a new one.

Hope this helps!

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