Sunday, November 15, 2015

Rub-a-dub-dub . . . You Can Use the Tub!

Most of you know that the clawfoot tub in the 1920 bathroom is one of the best features of the original house. We had it repainted, had it carried up the stairs, and pushed it up and down the hallway a few times before finally getting it into position in the remodeled bath. And there it has sat, unused for more than three years. 

The Victorian-style supply lines we purchased to match the new hardware would not work with the limited amount of space available between the tub and the wall; we needed to purchase flexible supply lines with the right size of connectors. Sadly, this task fell way to the bottom of the "To Do" list . . . until Saturday, November 14. After a consultation with Scott and a written list of details, I ventured to Ideal Hardware (on my own!) Once I arrived at this midtown treasure, I was certain that the parts we needed were available. The store's shelves are stacked high with every kind of widget imaginable. One of the nice staff members helped me find the exact parts necessary - and $26 later, we were in business.
"Ta Da!"
Two 20"-long braided stainless hoses and two stainless elbows are all that we needed.
The original set of supply lines are rigid pipes, rather than flexible hoses.
Here's the original Victorian supply lines packing slip - proving that three years have gone by rather quickly!
The space between the tub and the wall is really limited. Scott had to bend and stretch and contort and...
 ...bend and stretch some more to get the elbows and hoses hooked to the tub and to the valves on the floor.
When we had this bathroom re-plumbed, the plumber set the drain too close to the wall - but only because we didn't account for how thick the wall would be once it had a layer of cement board and a layer of tile attached. The good news is that - it works!
Woo Hoo!
A little work and a few bucks - and the tub is now available for your bathing needs! I have plans to get some bubble bath soon and take the tub for a test drive. 
Stay Tuned for Our Next Adventure!


  1. I've never been so excited for someone else's bathtub before! Can't wait to see it (and you) on Friday.


    1. This will be the true test: will the Certified Plumbing Designer give the tub the thumbs-up? I sure hope so!