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Old 12-28-2013, 02:47 PM   #1
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How do you fix a cracked bathtub?

After showering this morning we noticed water on the floor coming from under the tub. I found an inch and a half crack in the tub. Any ideas on how to repair that. RTV a plastic plate over it? Epoxy? Fiberglass resin? Need to get this patched up quickly.

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Old 12-28-2013, 08:00 PM   #2
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If it's a fiberglass tub then you can use a fiberglass patch ( auto supply places have it or boat supply). But do take a look under the tub to see if it's supported properly. Otherwise it will just crack again.
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Old 12-28-2013, 08:16 PM   #3
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If it's a fiberglass tub then you can use a fiberglass patch ( auto supply places have it or boat supply). But do take a look under the tub to see if it's supported properly. Otherwise it will just crack again.
Good luck,
I've looked and I don't think it is adequately supported in that area. It appears that the drain lines run along that side of the tub and they left the supporting floor short to allow for the pipes. I don't see an easy way to reinforce the bottom. It is at the furthest reach from the access holes.

My wife is not too keen on me applying a patch to the top side but I don't know what else to do.

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Old 12-31-2013, 02:22 PM   #4
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You can get some thick Styrofoam (Home Depot- Lowes etc..) and cut to size and stuff it under the shower floor. If your worried about the crack creeping on you then drill a 1/8" inch hole at each end of the crack (this helps prevent it from creeping) then patch it.
You could also use a short piece on "Eternabond tape" (Same stuff they use to repair outside roofs.
Look here:
http://www.amazon.com/White-Eternabo...ternabond+tape
OR:
http://www.campingworld.com/shopping....LRXjDhSH.dpbs

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Old 01-01-2014, 11:46 AM   #5
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Short term temporary fix I second the eternabond patch. Long term I would replace the tub with a new tub or a shower pan. When you look to see how it is installed it is not a terribly difficult task to DIY.

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Old 01-02-2014, 08:10 AM   #6
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If more support is needed under the tub, we use expandable 3m foam. Fills up the voids and provides additional support.

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To be cheap AND make your wife happy, you could just fix it using any of the methods suggested above, then buy a rubber bathtub mat to hide the repair. No one would ever know it had been cracked.
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To be cheap AND make your wife happy, you could just fix it using any of the methods suggested above, then buy a rubber bathtub mat to hide the repair. No one would ever know it had been cracked.
In most cases the WIFE will know and it will bother here till you replace it...
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Maybe ask your local dealer what they do about cracks. My in-laws had a cracked fiberglass tub a few months after moving into their new house. The builder sent a guy that specalized in fiberglass repair and fixed it...you couldn't tell it was ever cracked and has held up for almost 10 years now. May not be a cheap solution but it's an idea.
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there are fiberglass/gel coat repair products for boats that might work well. id reinforce under the tub the a fiberglass patch and then use the repair kit to fill the crack from the top. the kit comes with various tints to match the color fairly well. the idea about drilling holes at each end of the crack to prevent more cracks, is a great idea, too.
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