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Old 09-24-2013, 04:36 PM   #1
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sunken tub/shower

Okay I am in beginning stages of the bathroom install this winter

I am fine with showers, mama wants to be able to soak so I think I have come up with a solution

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1)get a deep tub and sink it into floor about 8 inches for head height when showering

Number 2 is what I plan to do

2)Fab a tub out of say 11 ga steel (easy to shear and weld) with a perimeter frame of 1 x1 angle and make it have a 1-1/2 lip all the way around so it can be set onto a surround with a lot of it thru the floor

the bottom shower section would be say 27 x 27 with a drain in the floor (have not measured frame rail to body yet) and 36 inches deep, with 3 steps 8 in x 8 in.....so the tub would be 27 wide x 51 long and 36 inches deep at lowest section

This would allow me to take showers and Lisa can sit on the 2nd step and soak...see... everyones happy

now steel would be ugly and not comfy especially on bottom

I was thinking maybe the smaller smooth river type rocks on flat surfaces and ??? on the walls

how would I attach to the steel walls?

concrete board "bolted" thru the steel and rely on mortar to seal like in a house? including a rubber liner under?

I have lots of Ideas, they just seem like a train wreck waiting to happen
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:49 PM   #2
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Why not make it stylish and match your interests? See what you can locate for a good sized wine barrel, then just add a curtain, drain and steps.
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that's what we wanted to do!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....is it actually big enough to have steps "down into it"?

we looked at one and a step to sit on is very doable steps up is fine...the getting into it has us confused
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:19 PM   #4
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I know that wine barrels can be found in quite a few sizes, some are WAY too small for a tub..and some way too big for a bus. I would guess the best entry method would depend on size but a removable ladder (like a above ground pool thing, but smaller) or a seat inside that flips up to become a couple of steps...
Maybe you can find a good sized whiskey barrel if wine barrels don't fit.... I have faith that you can make it happen!!
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it might take a while to empty the wine barrel before I can use it

I guess seal it inside and out with a flexible poly or some thing so it doesn't dry out and leak...I'm liking this more now
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I would say seal inside with garage floor type epoxy without the grit... wouldn't want road rash from a bath...lol

Now that your creative juices are flowing add some wine and figure out how to make frame and eliminate the steps issue by installing a door:
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Re: sunken tub/shower

I would skip the cement board bolted through the steel. Completely unnecessary. In the contractor world, we don't even use the stuff any more. Its a older, less advanced way of doing things.

I would simply ruff up the surface, mix the stones in some epoxy mix, pour the stones in the tub, form to your desired shape, then seal by pouring enough epoxy around them to fill the voids.

Also if money permits, I would make the tub out of some 14 ga stainless steel. It tig welds together so flawlessly, and would never rust. It would take around two 4x8 sheets to do depending on how big your making it.

If you were doing hot water heating, you could wrap heat lines around the tub, then insulate with a few inches of Styrofoam. Then you could set the thermostat, and soak for hours without it ever cooling off. This is something I do as a contractor for people who love soaking. It makes a cheap steel tub feel like a $1500 unit.

I look forward to seeing pics of the build.

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SS would be nice(no rust), I will have to price it and see how bad it is
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If you were doing hot water heating, you could wrap heat lines around the tub, then insulate with a few inches of Styrofoam. Then you could set the thermostat, and soak for hours without it ever cooling off. This is something I do as a contractor for people who love soaking. It makes a cheap steel tub feel like a $1500 unit.
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This is absolutely going to get implemented on my next bus. I love it.
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If you were doing hot water heating, you could wrap heat lines around the tub, then insulate with a few inches of Styrofoam. Then you could set the thermostat, and soak for hours without it ever cooling off. This is something I do as a contractor for people who love soaking. It makes a cheap steel tub feel like a $1500 unit.
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This is absolutely going to get implemented on my next bus. I love it.
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I mean I will have a 30 gallon or so hot water heater...so that's an option...crap now I need to think just a little bigger
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