creaky old plastic tub

Old 10-09-05, 04:04 PM
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creaky old plastic tub

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1. The plastic tub unit in our bathroom is VERY creaky when someone is in it. The house was built in 1983. Out of curiosity, could the creaks be caused by lack of support underneath the tub? There aren't any cracks but it sounds like there will be eventually.

2. The caulk around the tub is cracking as though the tub is getting pulled down away from the tile on the walls by our body weight. Does this sound like a time bomb, also considering the creaking (i.e. replace tub) or a simple re-caulk job?

Let me know if you need more information. Thanks in advance.
Old 10-12-05, 02:45 PM
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If access to under it, apply some foam in a can, then recaulk the upper end.
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I'd replace it with a cast iron tub.
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Whether or not you support the base of the tub.... when you re-caulk.... do it with the tub full of water...... That will allow the tub to settle as much as it will (well, less your weight of course)... before caulking. Caulk compresses well, but doesn't stretch worth a darn.....

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