Not all repairs end well unfortunately, especially when following the vague directions listed in the packet. So, today I will show you how NOT to repair a hole in the tub.
The short story behind the hole begins simply with my eight year old’s elbow pressing into the tub and…then the hole. Now the tub is nothing special. We bought the house brand new, but it came with the wonderful builder grade tub which showed by its lack of strength. My husband and I decided that purchasing a new tub was simply not a priority at this time and because we are shower people, we opted to just leave it.
Of course, the DIY person that I am could not just “live” with the hole, and I needed to find a way to repair it. So, I went off to the nearest home improvement store and purchased a tub repair kit.
Now, I begin the repair according to the instructions. First, I did this by cleaning the hole out and making the area smooth. I removed the chipped piece that you see in the picture.
Next, I placed some of the paste onto a surface in preparation to mix it with the hardener. Then, I added the few drops of hardener and stirred.
Once everything was mixed it was time to fill in the hole. This is the what NOT to do part. It says to overfill the hole slightly with the compound mixture and then sand once all is dry. So, I overfilled and waited for it to dry.
And dry it did. To solid rock form might I add. I then attempted to sand with 400g sandpaper that was given in the package, however, that was almost a joke. Nothing smoothed. So, not only was I left with a really lumpy repaired hole, it was also the wrong color. So, in the future, note that the packages are made to fit the color of the tub…and bone is not white. Nonetheless, the hole is fixed, not cosmetically, but functional. And hopefully you will have learned how NOT to fix a holeJ
Do you have any DIY nightmares? I would love to hear about them.