Future of my clawfoot tub
May 14, 2012 7:59 AM Subscribe
Clawfoot Bathtub: keep it, sell it, or chunk it?
posted by gimonca to home & garden (16 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Current bathroom has a big, old cast iron clawfoot bathtub. It's a little worn, with noticeable rust and wear around the drain, but at this moment isn't leaking. Bathtub is believed to have been installed when the whole house was set up for water service in 1925. It does have "chicken feet" legs that get nice comments sometimes. There are no shutoffs between the wall and the faucet. Looking into scenarios for renovation, removal, replacement.
I'm also redoing wall tile and flooring soon, so options that make this task more manageable are good.
Do nothing for now is a potential scenario. I'm assuming that eventually the rust and wear around the drain would eat through?
How reliable are refinishing jobs? Is this a viable long-term solution?
Due to the size and configuration of the small bathroom, any option other than a standard clawfoot tub isn't really viable. I've been looking into acrylic clawfoot tubs, are these any good? I'm particularly interested in weight issues here: are acrylic tubs manageable for one person to move around?
If I were to have the current tub removed, how likely is it that someone would want it? Is it saleable, should I be careful about getting a decent price for it, or is it probably not worth all that much? Or should I just donate it? (Note: I'm aware of a couple of architectural recycling/resale places in my area.)
Do plumbing companies offer removal on monstrous, heavy items like this, or would I have to call actual movers to get it out? It would obviously be a multi-person job.
Worst-case scenario: do people really break these things up with sledgehammers? Or does that turn into the sort of task that you get started on, turns awful, you regret deciding on it, but you can't turn back?
Sorry for the multiple questions--they all are about the exact same tub, though, and what to do with it. Thanks for feedback!