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Old 12-14-2008, 05:16 PM   #1
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My dad is redoing the bathroom in his house. The old shower had a cast iron shower pan. He wants to put a new cast iron shower pan in.

The house was built in the 70s. Is this the best way to for a average bathroom remodel? What do you guys recommend.
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:29 PM   #2
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CAST iron shower pan? why would anyone consider that?

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CAST iron shower pan? why would anyone consider that?
Can you please explain why someone wouldnt? I know nothing about this.
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I think he may mean lead.Lead,copper,vinyl are all still used.I like vinyl pans myself,though I would like install a Kerdi system sometime.
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He wants this made by kohler http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatal...%20Cast%20Iron

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THATS interesting, i have never put in a cast iron shower pan, all the units we use are fiberglass, or acrylic--look at FIAT or MUSTEE, they are quality pans, will be less expensive than cast, and a whole lot lighter. G
Also, the reason we still occasionally use cast iron tubs is, they hold the heat better than fiberglass, this is not applicable for a shower pan, it also may be cold on your feet.
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Can you please explain why someone wouldnt? I know nothing about this.
There are new composite materials
like Vikrell, Swanstone, etc that are lighter
weight, more colors, and less pricey.

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Didn't know they still made them.
Haven't seen a new one in 20 years.
Nothing wrong with it if he wants to
spend the money.
Killer probably uses them.
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Thanks for the link,I see it's a receptor and not a pan,makes sense now.It seems as good as any.Pricey little buggers aren't they.
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They might be expensive, but wouldn't that get rid of a lot of labor involved with a copper, mud, kerdi and the likes?
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Don't know much about cast iron shower pans, IMO you just cant beat a cast iron tub.There are many houses around my town built in the 60's cast iron tubs must have been standard.Everyone seems to replace them with remodels for the same reason, the COLORS other than that there is not a scratch on them.
If the shower pans are the same,I say why not.
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Ruskent,

You see these in Europe. I went through the same process once. You want a quality shower floor and don't want to go through the shower pan construction. The acrylics and what not just don't seem right. Then you price them and learn they are like bidets. You should be able to buy one for the same price as a nice kitchen sink, but because they are used so infrequently (my guess), they are priced outrageously.

So you might want to warm up to the idea of a poured in place or Schlueter shower pan. It will be a good learning experience for you at any rate.

You know you can probably get any scratches, etc. on the old one repaired. Why not re-use it and get a get-out-of-jail-free card from Igor?
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I have one in my house. It feels solid. The acrylic pans are no match. I got it from my plumbing supplier when some one ordered the wrong size. along with the Escale line) don't you just love f-ups

It is rock solid . It will probably cost you about 500-600 for the pan at a supply house. I could not build a shower pan for that.

If your Dad wants one, it is a good product and the 600 bucks will be money spent
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just had a kohler receptor installed in my current project. nice product. still am working out the details regarding tiling though.
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Cast iron / porcelain is definately a good, solid material. Will last forever!

The kohler pans are nice, if you are looking for a traditional look, Strom plumbing (Sign of the Crab) actually have a cast iron shower base with cast-iron legs - a reproduction - its really nice!!
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Fiberglass pans work just fine and are waaaay less expensive. I put mud under the fiberglass pans for support (a lesson I learned after replacing one after a 500 LB man crushed it).

Just be sure to put some 4 mil plastic over any wood, then some mud and wiggle the pan in place.
Just as solid as cast iron.
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Cast iron / porcelain is definately a good, solid material. Will last forever!

The kohler pans are nice, if you are looking for a traditional look, Strom plumbing (Sign of the Crab) actually have a cast iron shower base with cast-iron legs - a reproduction - its really nice!!
Hey, thanks. I knew you could get new ones somewhere.

I have 2 old ones.

I am still trying to find one of those old victorian showers that looked like it had a cage aournd the ouside of it. The 'cage' carried some of the plumbing supplies for body sprayers. They are freakin' cool!!!
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Hey, thanks. I knew you could get new ones somewhere.

I have 2 old ones.

I am still trying to find one of those old victorian showers that looked like it had a cage aournd the ouside of it. The 'cage' carried some of the plumbing supplies for body sprayers. They are freakin' cool!!!

I thought Sign of the Crab (Strom Plumbing) had one, but I'm not sure!

There was a manufacturer in Toronto - Creme de la Creme Vintage - that made the most amazing "cage" shower. Don't know if they are still around - there stuff was amazing - and amazingly expensive!! I think, if memory serves, the cage shower was about $12-15K
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I have 2 old ones.

I am still trying to find one of those old victorian showers that looked like it had a cage aournd the ouside of it. The 'cage' carried some of the plumbing supplies for body sprayers. They are freakin' cool!!!
These guys have some stuff
for a claw foot tub shower......

http://www.barclayproducts.com/
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These guys have some stuff
for a claw foot tub shower......

http://www.barclayproducts.com/
I have 2 set-ups to turn my claw foots into showers.

From the stand pipes to the ring for the curtain.

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