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Support under tub seems to have deteriorated so when you step on the bottom there is some give. This has developed a 4'' or so crack. Can I somehow open up the front of the tub and slide a support piece under it as a temporary fix. We have been talking about remodeling down the road so I am looking to get by for a while. Can I even get under buy accessing an opening from the side.
The only sure fix is to drill holes in the bottom of the tub and shoot in a commerical grade low expanding foam to fill in the void. The foam you find a Lowes or Home Depot will not work as it is a high expanding foam and will ruin your tub. Call a reliable tub repair company experienced in this type of repair. It should not exceed 200.00 including rolling in a new floor.
Posted on Aug 20, 2009
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Cut the tip off the tube of caulk, and load the fresh tube into the caulking gun. Puncture the seal inside the tip of the tube using a nail, stiff wire or the special puncturing tool built onto many caulk guns.
Insert backer rod into large openings. These foam strips are available in sizes ranging from 3/8 inch to over 1 inch, and should be perfect for most bathroom filler needs. For larger holes, consider using a foam spray filler, but be careful as the foam expands a great deal and could overflow onto your work area if too much is used.
Caulk the joints as you normally would. For large cracks, don't force your caulking into the crevice, but simply form a bead over the crack. Use multiple beads and a caulking tool or piece of scrap lumber to shape the caulk and remove excess.
Allow the caulk to dry for 4 to 6 hours. Using the tip of your utility knife, check that the caulk adhered to all edges and formed a seal. For really large cracks, it may be necessary to repeat the process.
When caulking open cracks, place a bead along each edge of the crack. Allow the caulk to set for 5 minutes, and apply a third bead over the first two. Use the damp sponge to shape and remove excess caulk.
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