Friday, February 19, 2016

How to secure clawfoot tub feet using turnbuckles

Once we'd moved the clawfoot tub into the bathroom, I realized that the feet needed some reinforcement to reliably secure them onto the tub. The internet was of little to no help with this dilemma, so I called up Kevin Galloway of Galloway Porcelein who had assisted with restoring the tub. He had a brilliant solution—secure the feet using turnbuckles.

I set off to Home Depot and found them on the screws aisle: 2 turnbuckles with eyes at both ends, and 2 turnbuckles with an eye on one end and a hook on the other. I also picked up 4 washers that were just slightly larger than the eye opening on the turnbuckles. If you decide to go this route, make sure to know the distance between the feet and also take along one of the foot bolts so that you can ensure they fit snuggly onto the washers and turnbuckle eyes.

Here's an example of this same method Jason and Reilly's Remodel blog.