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We have a large cultured marble soaker tub with two hairline cracks going out from the drain, 1 about 18'' & 2nd about 24'' resulting in the tub leaking. The Tub is on the 2nd. floor & is sunken about 3'' below the floor surface through a cut out in the floor. From the side I can reach in with my hand between the floor cut out & tub to feel the area of the crack. If absolutley necessary I could cut out a piece of the gyprock ceiling of the room below in order access the bottom of the tub. I prefer not to have to do this. Your thoughts are appreciated. Thanks, Garry

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Hi Garry,

I understand not wanting to cut out the ceiling. Cutting it out is the easy part...Putting it back and making it look good....that's the hard part.
Just a few thoughts: You may be able to apply a coating from your access hole. What comes to mind to me is a 2 part epoxey with a relatively long cure time, to give you time to apply it. This can actually be applied with a small, disposable roller (shur-line makes a small one with a tray, ~$2). I have used this method on projects with success. If additional strength is desired, you can apply fibreglass mesh into the worked area just as you get tacky. Let dry and recoat. This can go as many times as you need to to get adequate coverage.
That was solution #1. Here's another possibility. Since it is a cultured marble tub, you may be able to grind out the cracks, collect the residue, and make a surface patch with resin and ground marble dust. Additional material may come from areas that you can't see, or perhaps you may purchase a damaged piece from a hardware/plumbing supply type store. I'd experiment with this one on some scrap before I went to gluing mama's tub though!
That was #2. One more, and I'll leave you alone. It's possible that you can find a spray coating that will do the trick. Such a coating could be applied laproscopically, via several very small holes in the ceiling, which could be easily repaired after.
Just a few asides While these may fix your immediate problem, be sure to find out why the cracks are showing up. Either the drain was overtightened, the tub was not properly cast, or the drain piping is supporting too much weight. Anything that you can do to spread the load of the weight of the tub, the water and as many kids as you care to put in there will go a long way in preventing the situation from recurring. Well, brother, just some food for thought. Hope that it helps.
Best regards, and good luck! Hopefully a garden tub guru will have a magic bullet they'll share with you!
--W/D-- Please feel free to rate this solution! Thanks!

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