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      Hi! I’m looking for a relatively cheap claw foot cast iron bathtub. I’m in Northern Michigan and I need it by April. Please e-mail niki@unforgettable.com. Thanks!

    • #289337

      I think you are asking an oxymoron type question “cheap claw foot cast iron bathtub”.

      If it’s cast iron, it won’t be cheap. Buy it as locally as you can, that way it will be shipped in with other material. The further away you buy it, the more the shipping will cost you because this will be shipped by itself.

      I recently saw a really neat block of tree which was hand carved into a lion that stood 3 feet high and was about 4-5 feet long (carved out of one solid piece). This was hand carved in Thailand or someplace over there (I forgot where). They wanted $1200 for this and $700 of it was shipping. You know the person who hand carved it only got paid a few bucks for their work (even though the work was excellent), the middle man will be getting most of what is left over after shipping. The weight of this piece was approximately 750 pounds. To my knowledge, they still have it.

    • #289338

      I meant relatively cheap as in a used tub that may need refinished. I’ve seen these sell in the $50-$300 range, which is relatively cheap compared to $1000-$4000 list prices. Thanks!

    • #289339

      Niki, sorry, I thought you were looking for a new one. As you stated, they are not inexpensive.

      If you are looking to buy a used one and have it refinished, you really need to stay local, otherwise you might as well by the new one because of the shipping costs and refinishing costs.

      Not to mention that you must make sure the used one meets your current local plumbing code. All plumbing codes place restrictions on using old fixtures and material. One restriction that I can think of is that you may find a tub with the faucet and spout down inside below the rim and this is no longer allowed, the faucet and spout must be above the rim of the tub to prevent cross connection and possible contamination of the water supply.

      First, check with your local plumbing inspection department and find out what they will allow. Then start checking with local plumbers who may deal in this old tubs. You might even get a lead from the plumbing inspector if they will allow it to be used. They are supposed to be inspecting everything, so would likely know which plumbers in your area they have seen doing that type of old work.
      [Edited by Jerry Peck on 21 December 2000]

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