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New tub wouldn't just drop in.

The payoffs and pitfalls of remodeling a bathroom are typified in the bathtub installation shown here. Normally, if the floor is sturdy enough, a drop-in tub can simply stand on its own four hidden feet. However, in Cipra and Scott Shulman's Los Angeles house, rotted floorboards required going one step further.

Mr. Shulman cut away the damaged floor and stripped the old lath and plaster off the walls, Next, he poured a concrete footing, added new floor framing, and installed a plywood subfloor.

What followed was a conventional tub installation. Designer Steve Factor built a simple 2-by-4 frame for the platform, covered the walls with 6-mil polyethylene sheeting, then clad the platform and walls with cement board.

From the wainscoting down, all surfaces were covered with tile laid in thin-set mortar. Once the tiles were grouted, Factor dropped the tub into place, leaving a thin gap around the rim to be sealed with a bead of white

silicone caulk.
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Title Annotation:bathroom remodeling
Date:Apr 1, 1989
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