variance in standard tub size?

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  1. Dec 13, 2013 #1

    whitehart

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    We have a fiberglass, one-piece tub/shower surround from the 70's that was ugly from the day it was put in. (To those few who like avacado green, I apologize.) It also has some plumbing issues (as in my recent other post.) If we replace it, we need to have another tub/shower combo. It fills the end of a very small bath, and we can't afford to move the walls.

    Here's the problem:
    Wall to wall across the front of it is 59 1/2 inches.
    Standard tubs are 5', right? What are the tolerances on that? Would a standard size fit there, or are they actually 60 inches?

    If I have to buy an off-size, where do I find one at a decent price?
     
  2. Dec 13, 2013 #2

    havasu

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    The last time I was shopping for a tub, I found that several manufacturers varied their sizes tremendously. The only way to determine if a new tub would fit is to remove your old tub and measure the rough size.
     
  3. Dec 14, 2013 #3

    nealtw

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    Evan when you measure the tub and they should fit. some times the plastic tubs get destorted a bit and need a little more room. Just notch the studs a little and slide the tub in no one will ever know. It's only full size at the flange so it's no big deal.
     
  4. Dec 14, 2013 #4

    havasu

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    Exactly. If your tub is currently 59 1/2 inches wide right now, I'm sure the opening will accommodate a 6' tub.
     
  5. Dec 19, 2013 #5

    whitehart

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    Thanks! You have been a big help.
     

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