Re: Refinish or replace bath tub??
Posted by Dale's Plumbing Service on April 29, 1999 at 22:42:37:
In response to Re: Refinish or replace bath tub??
: We are about to begin remodeling our bathroom (on a budget!). Our house is about 75 years old with the original pedestal sink and built-in cast iron tub, which had become pitted, rusted and discolored in spots. About three years ago we had both fixtures refinished. (Mistake? Both are beginning to peel.) The sink will be replaced with a new cabinet base and counter top. First question: Is there a market for the old pedestal sink, even though it has been refinished?. How much is it worth?
: Second question: Do we replace or again refinish the tub? Refinishing is expensive (about $350) and I don't want to risk peeling and having to refinish again. Our contractor is afraid replacement would be difficult and cause more expensive problems in the long run because he suspects that the tile surrounding and enclosing it is set in concrete and much of it could be destroyed in the removal process, leading to the necessity of replacing all the wall tile.
: How expensive are tub liners? And do you think this is a good option? If you think this is the way to go, could you provide the names of reputable dealers in the Baltimore, Maryland area?
: Sorry this is so lengthy, but I need this advice before we can begin. Thank you.

Pat, look at it this way, if you need bypass surgery and it cost 10,000 and you will live 10 more years or if you have the option of getting a new heart for $40,000 and living 40 more years, budget or no budget which way would you go. so what my advice is if your going to do this do it once and go for it. get a new tub and there are still good plasters out there that can put back the tile or retile if you need to.yes it hurts the budget now but 20 years from now you won't be sorry. it's also a good selling point if you ever decide to sell your home. well thats just my opinion,good luck on what ever you decide. Dale

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