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Crack on outer lip of new bath

Discussion in 'DIY Disasters' started by H0M3R_j4y, 6 Aug 2017.

  1. H0M3R_j4y

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    Installation of bath has gone to plan, all except a silly mistake of my own by putting a bit too much of my own weight on the edge of the bath when moving things around etc... Heard a loud crack sound, followed by a few swear words.

    The crack is on the outer rim of the bath, about an inch long, and stops just as it goes into the curved top outer edge of the bath. Now I know it's not going to affect how the bath works because fortunately it's only the outer edge, but I am worried about it growing, plus every time I see it I will be reminded of my stupid error.

    What is the best way to fix this? I've seen repair kits after a quick google but still unsure as the best way to approach it.

    Any help much appreciated!
     
  2. footprints

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    I think I would try sticking a length of batten on the inside with Araldite (epoxy resin). If the outside crack can be seen a bath repair kit as well may disguise the view of it.
     
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    Done this on a Trojanite (unbreakable?) bath years back, got the local 'Bath Surgeon' in to repair....cost £40 notes or so. Then a lot of elbow-grease to TCut and polish it up to an acceptable finish. Had to 'fess-up' to customers, but loss less credit by getting a 'pro' in to fix it.

    Hope this helps.
     
  4. H0M3R_j4y

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    Thanks for the replies. Funnily enough this is a Trojan bath as well, although I can't complain really as it was my own fault.

    Think I'm gonna give the bath repair kit a go with some bracing glued behind it with epoxy. Then put some vertical bracing between the bath and floor for extra support!
     
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    I wouldn't do the latter, baths naturally change shape a bit when filled with water, you would be preventing that so may actually make the crack worse!
     
  6. H0M3R_j4y

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    So leave the vertical bracing then?
     
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    I would...
     
  8. H0M3R_j4y

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    Ok thanks
     
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    Would it be worth stop drilling the crack because as a previous poster said it will have movement,i know it works on metal but dont know about plastics.
     
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    Call the supplier and tell them how disappointed you were when you fitted the bath to notice there was a crack in it!
     
  11. H0M3R_j4y

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    But they didn't supply the bath with a crack in it, it was me who cracked it. I'm not going to try and complain when it was obviously my fault, as I know I won't get anywhere. Its highly unlikely that they will fall for it, they will simply say 'you should have checked before you fitted it'. The delivery driver saw me check it all over as well.

    Im going to fix it myself now anyway, I've bought some epoxy putty to fill the crack, and I'll glue a batton across the back of it to add extra support. I will be stop-drilling a hole at the end of the crack before filling to stop the crack growing any further as pointed out by 'ptarmigan'.

    I'm fairly confident it will be fine after the repair. Another lesson learned!

    Thanks for the advice everyone.
     
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    lay-up some GRP on the reverse side? it's very easy to work with

    Nozzle
     
  13. H0M3R_j4y

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    Nice idea Nozzle, just had a look at that. Looks ideal, but the smallest kit I can find (1metre square) is still around £30. I only want a cheap fix.

    Thanks anyway.
     
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    That looks promising. I was look for GRP rather than just plain fibre-glass. Thanks!
     

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