Is the Tub Steel or Cast Iron?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by molo, Jul 18, 2011.

  1. molo

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    How can you tell?
     
  2. hj

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    Tap it. A cast iron tub will sound a lot thicker than a steel one. A steel tub will "ring" like you were hitting a sauce pan.
     
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  4. molo

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    I tapped it and wasn't sure. I hit it with the sledge and it didn't break. I dropped it off of a third story deck and it broke. It was cast iron.
    Didn't hit it hard enough!
     
  5. hj

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    Well, you did not say you had removed it, otherwise I would have told you that if YOU can lift it, it was steel. If it took two or more people to lift it, it was cast iron.
     
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