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Lowe
Bathtub

How can you tell if your tub is made of enameled cast iron or enameled steel?

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Bathtub

Tap it, if it makes a tinie sound it's steel, if it makes clunk sound it's cast.

Jack

Re: Bathtub
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

Tap it, if it makes a tinie sound it's steel, if it makes clunk sound it's cast.

Jack

Is it the only method?? Which one is better and why??

johnjh2o
Re: Bathtub

Remove the overflow plate. Then look at the thickness of the tub. A cast iron tub will be about 3/8" or more. A steel tub will be about 1/8" thick. Cast iron is much better as steel tends to rust out in a shorter period of time as compared to cast iron. Steel also will chip much easier then cast iron.

John

Pelton
Re: Bathtub

I disagree; when it comes to bathtubs steel with an elastomeric coating is the modern & best way to go as far as weight, installation, cost & other factors.

Cast iron is now old hat in bathtub installations.

Try taking out an old CI tub, then trying to reinstall a new cast iron unit---you'll end up with 3 hernies and paying lots more for your pains.

In my installation experiences there is no chipping or "tinny" sound; the installation is so much easier, and the appearence of these new units is outstanding, at a much less expensive cost.

johnjh2o
Re: Bathtub
Pelton wrote:

I disagree; when it comes to bathtubs steel with an elastomeric coating is the modern & best way to go as far as weight, installation, cost & other factors.

Cast iron is now old hat in bathtub installations.

Try taking out an old CI tub, then trying to reinstall a new cast iron unit---you'll end up with 3 hernies and paying lots more for your pains.

In my installation experiences there is no chipping or "tinny" sound; the installation is so much easier, and the appearence of these new units is outstanding, at a much less expensive cost.

I thought the question was how to tell the difference between steel and cast iron. You're talking about the American Standard Americast tub. I have installed at least 400 cast iron tubs and have not suffered with any hernia's. As far as chipping I'll take cast iron any day over porcelain steel.

John

Re: Bathtub
johnjh2o wrote:
Pelton wrote:

Originally Posted by Pelton View Post
I disagree; when it comes to bathtubs steel with an elastomeric coating is the modern & best way to go as far as weight, installation, cost & other factors.

Cast iron is now old hat in bathtub installations.

Try taking out an old CI tub, then trying to reinstall a new cast iron unit---you'll end up with 3 hernies and paying lots more for your pains.

In my installation experiences there is no chipping or "tinny" sound; the installation is so much easier, and the appearence of these new units is outstanding, at a much less expensive cost.

I thought the question was how to tell the difference between steel and cast iron. You're talking about the American Standard Americast tub. I have installed at least 400 cast iron tubs and have not suffered with any hernia's. As far as chipping I'll take cast iron any day over porcelain steel.
John

I'm now confused, which one is better as I don't have any experience with bathtub and I'm planning to have one.

Sombreuil_mongrel
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Cast iron is vastly superior to the really awful Americast rubbish.
I have been fooled twice with that truly abominable c r a p and believe me, I won't get fooled again.
Casey

Re: Bathtub

Thanks. I think now I can decide.

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