Enclosing a claw foot tub


Old 02-23-11, 05:15 PM
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Enclosing a claw foot tub

Would it be possible to construct a frame around a claw foot tub? I would like to enclose the tub and put a shower door on it and was wondering if anyone had some helpful advise.
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Old 02-24-11, 01:15 PM
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Welcome to the forums!! Enclosing a clawfoot tub and not using a halo curtain won't contain the shower spray. If you enclose it, put tile on the walls and surround surfaces, you will still have overspray and it will not drain.
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Sounds like a nightmare.

This sounds like a nightmare.
Using a shower in this application will certainly leak causing property damage.

I am assuming you want to frame a deck like you would for a drop in tub, and install a glass door. Whatever you use to finish the deck is either a) not going to be waterproof, or b) if it does have some waterproofing will have no where to drain. Any water that exits the tub, which will be quite a bit in this instance, is going to find its way through the tile and leak through.

You would be better served by leaving the tub and getting a shower curtain that will contain any spray.

Best of luck.

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Thumbs up Ols School.............

Years ago builders used to enclose clawfoot tubs in tile. they'd build a frame around the tub and tile or plaster it.

The problem with this application was that the clawfoot tub was not designed to be tiled / plastered over.

Look at a bathtub at your local home improvement store. Notice the top has a lip that sticks up around the sides and back. These are refered to as "tile flanges". They are designed to keep moisture inside the tub should the joint of the surround (walls) / bathtub be compromised.

A clawfoot tub has no flanges. Therefore should this joint be compromised, moisture will eventually do it's damage.

You'd be better off going to a good local hardware store and purchasing a shower curtain designed for a clawfoot tub. There is the "L" shaped rod (corner tub), the "D" shaped rod, (tub against the back wall) and the "round rod" (tub not against any walls).
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I agree with the others and will add that you'd be ruining the character of the tub. If it's not what you want, you could try to sell it--there is a market for ones in good shape -- and then start over with a shower.
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