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Replace the bathtub or refinish it

QuestionI'm in the process of remodeling my bathroom and I'm having a hard time deciding whether to replace the bathtub or refinish it. Do you have any thoughts or suggestions for my problem?

AnswerThere are many things to consider before removing a bathtub. In order to remove the existing tub, you'll have to open up the three walls surrounding it. If the room is small, then the toilet, sink, and cabinet may also have to be removed. So, if you were planning to install new tile or plumbing, this would provide a great opportunity. Keep in mind, however, that the new tubs differ in width from the old tubs, which means that before you can install a new tub, you need to remove the base moulding, floor covering, and underlayment. They, too, will need to be replaced. When you get right down to it, one thing leads to another when removing a bathtub.

If you choose to refinish your tub, then install your tile, the plumbing, wallpaper, and floor covering and do the painting (except for caulking around the tub) before installing the new tub finish. Don't make the mistake of finishing the tub first, because the new finish may easily be damaged during the remodeling project. Refinishing the tub should be done by a professional, so I recommend you consult your yellow pages under BATHTUBS & SINKS—REPAIRING & REFINISHING. Good luck!

If you're considering remodeling your bathroom, check out:

Build Like A Pro: Remodeling A Bathroom Build Like A Pro: Remodeling A Bathroom by Leon A. Frechette, written to help DIYers successfully remodel their bathroom. Get step-by-step advice from a seasoned professional with years of bathroom remodeling experience.

Tile Grout Restoration

Tile Grout Restoration, an article by Leon A. Frechette, that details how to refresh your bathroom by restoring tile grout. Learn the ins and outs of restoring or replacing your tile's grout by reading this informative 3-page article.

Grout Grabber

Grout Grabber, a tool specially designed to simplify grout removal. This tool can speed up the process of removing damaged or midewed grout and help you to quickly achieve a professional looking job.

Drywall Articles

Achieve a Professional Drywall Installation and Finish Your Drywall With Confidence, both articles by Leon A. Frechette. Remodeling your bathroom will probably require wallboard installation and finishing.

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