Protecting a 66" tub during construction

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  1. DanM

    DanM Member

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    Hi there.

    I will start the bathroom remodel on Monday. Part of the project is replacing the 66" mustard yellow tub. I have seen many cardboard and plastic liners to protect tubs during construction, but none for our 66" size. Does anyone know of a liner or product I can use to protect it while the work is being done?

    Thanks

    Dan
     
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I think I'd try putting some padding on the top rim, then a 3/4" piece of plywood down over it as a lid. It might make a decent raised bench for storage during construction. TO protect the apron, you could also run a piece down to the floor over it with some appropriate brackets to hold it all together. That sheet wouldn't need to be as thick, since you wouldn't be able to stand on it or load it up...it would just be for impact protection.
     
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  4. Cool Blue Harley

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  5. DougB

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    I bought some thick carpet padding - put on two layers - fastened with duct tape.
     
  6. lanachurner

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    I agree.
    Since you install the tub first and then install your tile board and sheetrock around it afterwards it is easy to drop a tool or some such and damage the tub while you are working on it.
    I use a 3/4" piece of plywood as a tub cover. Makes a good bench for setting your tools on, standing on to do your mudding and a bench to set the wet saw on while tiling. Cut it about 2" shorter than the rough in dimention ( in your case 64") and you can do the whole job with it on.
    A piece of 3/4" OSB is only about $15 and places like Home Despot will cut it to size for for free.
     
  7. DanM

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    Thanks for the advice. I have a sheet of OSB sitting in the garage that I might use. Right now it is covered by an old sleeping bag and cardboard from the box. Both are duct taped to the studs.
     
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