Saturday, May 1, 2010

Stepping Out With Clawfoot Tub Feet

Rescuing an antique cast iron clawfoot tub is a noble thought; however, it does not come without challenge. Depending on the condition of the tub, refinishing a cast iron bathtub may require skill with expensive tools, experience with safety equipment, care with harsh toxic chemicals, and a great deal of patience. Fortunately, professional help is available for those of us lacking one or more of those qualities. Whether you choose to employ a professional or to venture out on your own, the greatest challenge may be one you did not anticipate; locating feet for the clawfoot tub.

Often the reason a clawfoot tub is discarded is because it is missing one or more feet. If you are fortunate enough to have all four feet, you may find that one or more of the feet will not stay on the tub. Replacing a missing or damaged foot is not as easy as picking one up at the local salvage yard. You may find it difficult to obtain a single clawfoot tub foot that matches the appearance of the other three feet but more importantly, you will likely discover that not all feet attach to the tub in the same manner.

There have been many different methods for attaching legs to a clawfoot tub. The legs may be installed via special brackets, or they may be bolted to the tub, or they might even be welded to the tub. You will find that clawfoot tub feet, and the method for attaching them, are specific to the tub. Locating a foot to complete your clawfoot tub restoration may seem like a lost cause but don’t abandon your project so hastily.

Put your best foot forward, with a visit to Shop 4 Classics. Shop 4 Classics offers clawfoot tub leg kits from Strom Plumbing that can be used with antique cast iron clawfoot tubs to return them to active duty. The leg kits include four matching feet and a set of metal straps. The feet do not attach to the tub so the method of foot installation for your antique tub is irrelevant to the installation of the leg kit. The leg kit’s metal straps bolt to the included feet to form a cradle. The steel straps can be cut onsite to fit the cradle to the tub. When properly assembled, the tub will rest in the cradle, stabilized by its own weight.

The clawfoot tub leg kits’ feet are available in today’s most popular finishes and styles. The leg kits are offered with classic ball & claw tub feet that are found on traditional clawfoot tubs or with the lion paw tub feet that are commonly found on large soaker tubs.

Today, May 1, marks the start of National Historical Preservation Month. It is a fitting time to start your clawfoot tub restoration project. A restored cast iron clawfoot tub can be a point of pride and the focal point to a classic bathroom renovation. Don’t let the dilemma of a missing tub foot sidetrack your project. Step out in style with a clawfoot tub leg kit from Shop 4 Classics.

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