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Bathtub Scenes in Horror Movies


By Alan Knight
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It’s almost time for the Oscars.  The 87th Academy Awards ceremony is slated for Thursday, February 22, 2015.  Nominees for “Best Picture” include American Sniper, The Imitation Game, Selma, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), The Grand Budapest Hotel, Boyhood, Whiplahs, and The Theory of Everything.  Out of all the possible choices there is not a single horror movie.  So I started wondering, has a horror movie ever won an Oscar?  Surprisingly, yes!

 
For Visual Effects and Make Up:  
The Birds (1963)
An American Werewolf in London (1981)
The Fly (1986)
Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1994)
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Furthermore, The Silence of the Lambs won “Best Picture” in 1991, which featured spellbinding performances by Jodi Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

The Exorcist picked up “Best Screenplay” and “Best Sound,” although it garnered nine total nominations. The movie holds the distinction of being the first horror movie ever nominated for “Best Picture.”
One thing that I have noticed about horror movies is that some of the same props seem to recur over and over again.  The chainsaw, the axe, the knife, the sword, the meat cleaver are regulars, but have you ever noticed how man scary movies include a death scene or at least a scary moment in a bathroom, shower or bathtub? 
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Let’s start with the Alfred Hitchcock movie, Psycho.  I saw that movie at the theater … alone!  I don’t even remember how I got in to see it, being only 11 years old.  The current rating system was brand new back then.  I just remember when Janet Leigh had that shower curtain thrown back by Anthony Perkins and the stabbing began, I was ready to head for the exit.  It’s ironic that the next time I was that scared was when Janet Leigh’s daughter was running around the house in Halloween.

Other famous bathtub scenes in horror movies: 
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Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) The scene is set with a young teenage girl taking a bubble bath in a Clawfoot tub.  She begins to sing a lullaby and slowly puts herself to sleep.  That’s a big problem because Freddy Krugger comes alive in her dreams.  The razor sharp fingers begin to rise to the surface of the water as she sleeps, then suddenly her mother calls out to her, “Don’t fall asleep in there, you could drown you know.”  Then in a flash she is jerked underwater and the screaming begins.

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What Lies Beneath (2000) Michelle Pfeiffer is convinced there is a ghost in the house, and as she takes a bath in a Clawfoot tub, strange things happen. Suddenly, she’s paralyzed, only able to move her toes, as the tub fills to overflowing.  She desperately tries to open the drain with her toes and everything goes wrong.  Suspense mounts as she finds a clever way to shut off the faucet, and the water slowly recedes below her mouth.  It was a very close call and a heart pounding moment.  A few years later, a parody was done of various scary movies and this particular scene was hilarious.

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Grave Encounters (2011) was a low budget movie that was a huge success at the box office.  It was about a team of paranormal experts who lock themselves into a haunted psychiatric ward in an abandoned hospital.  It was a real nail-biter.  The bathtub scene featured a girl in a hospital gown, standing over an old Clawfoot tub in an otherwise empty room.  As one of the technicians gets to the tub, he finds it full of blood.  He looks to the cameraman as a hand reaches out of the tub and pulls him under.  Creepy!

I can’t possibly go into detail about all the bathtub scenes in horror movies, but if you want to research it yourself, let me give you a more complete listing:
The Shining

The Changeling

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Deadline

The House of the Devil

Stigmata

Grace

The Tingler

Requiem for a Dream

Mirrors

Cabin Fever

Hostel II

Shivers

Slither

The Lost Boys
Now, to the question:  Why are there so many Clawfoot bathtubs in horror movies?  There can only be one answer.  Think about it, when do you feel most vulnerable?
When you’re naked and all alone. 
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In a bathtub, we undress, get all relaxed, enjoying the warm water.  We lie back, placing our neck on a towel along the rolled rim and close our eyes.  What could possibly go wrong?  That’s why the bathtub prop works time and time again.  Just when you least expect something bad to happen, bingo!  The horror movies simply plays on our own sense of vulnerability.

Now, in the real world, Clawfoot tubs have nothing to do with the words “horror,” “terror,” or “scary.”  These beautiful creations of cast iron and porcelain are harmless vessels that bring both beauty to a bathroom and enjoyment to the bather.  Popular models would include the traditional Rolled Top, the Slipper tub, the Double Slipper, the Dual-ended and the Pedestal.  These handsome bathtubs come in many shapes and sizes and provide not only enjoyment, but added value and prestige to your bathroom.
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The only thing scary for some is the price. Make sure you compare prices from different suppliers.  There are several companies that import new cast iron/porcelain tubs and sell them to you in a wide range of prices. You don’t have to over-pay to get one of these beautiful models.  Usually, the better companies will run specials and include more choices, such as claw feet made of polished chrome, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze.  There might even be a way to get free shipping.  

And don’t forget the hand-held faucet choices such as the “English Telephone,” or the free-standing models.  These can be purchased along with the drain system and the water supply lines.  These fixtures also come in the same finishes as the Clawfoot legs to make a perfect-looking match. 

The only other disturbing thing to beware of is buying one of these tubs in any material other than porcelain. The acrylic models (a.k.a., plastic) simply don’t hold up over time.  They have a tendency to lose their shape and eventually discolor.  They can really become a “monster” and you’ll not be happy with your buying decision.  Make sure you get a quality cast iron/porcelain tub with a long-lasting warranty.  Unless you drop and anvil in the tub, most cast iron/porcelain tubs will last for a hundred years.
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Also, don’t be scared away from making a buying decision.  If you have been looking for years for a way to truly beautify your bathroom, the Clawfoot tub might just be the answer.  If you’ve looked lately at one of the home magazines, you’ve most likely seen a Clawfoot tub.  These elegant-looking tubs make it easy to create a theme around your new tub.  When you have guests, they’ll fall in love with it.  And if ever decide to resell you home, this tub might just be the deal maker.  I’ve had several customers tell me that their Clawfoot tub helped to sell their home.

In this article, I talked about why bathtub scenes are so common in the horror movie genre, mentioning several famous horror films that had a frightening scene take place in a Clawfoot tub.  I then went on to explain that in reality, cast iron/porcelain Clawfoot tubs are a real asset to anyone’s home, and serve to enhance its value … as well as the owner’s pleasure in bathing in them.
           
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and  SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com.

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Planning Ahead for a Walk-in Tub


By Kerry Knight
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I’m retiring.  Every time I say that it still sounds strange to me.  “I can’t retire,” I think to myself.  “I’m too young.  I feel great.”  It’s as if I’m speaking of someone else.  Yet, then I realize I am at retirement age, 65-years-old. 

 

Where have all the years gone?  I think back to certain events in my life that were 20 or 30 years ago and it seems like they were just a few years ago.  It can’t be that far back.  But it is.  So, I realize I have to accept it and move on.  
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And I now have a Medicare card.  I feel guilty, as if I have something that should belong to an older person.  But I qualify.  When I go to the movies, I qualify for the senior discount.  At first I refused it, then I thought, “Why not enjoy the benefits of retirement?”  In one short year, I’ll qualify for Social Security. 
My wife and I are building a new home.  I don’t plan to ever move again once it’s built, so we’re being careful to include everything that we could possibly want, as long as it’s affordable.  In the master bath, the original plans called for a huge Garden Tub and a separate shower unit.  The tub is beautiful, but here’s the caveat: it’s not right for us at this point in our lives.  It’s designed for someone much younger, someone who doesn’t have to ever worry about falling or stepping over a tall ledge into a deep basin. 
My wife was quick to notice how impractical that tub will be.  “I want to replace it with a Walk-in Tub,” she said.  At first, I was surprised.  Most women would go to their grave before admitting they need a tub designed primarily for seniors with mobility issues.  However, she’s the smart one in our family.  In requesting a Walk-in Tub, she was being pragmatic and realistic.  “The day will come when we’ll need it,” she stated matter-of-factly.  
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She’s right.  I can already feel a tinge of arthritis in my hips and back.  It probably won’t get any better.  The day will also come when getting light-headed will be more common when I get up out of bed or stand up from sitting in a chair, so even maintaining balance everyday will be a real challenge.  We both know that day is coming, it’s just a matter of time.

Statistics don’t lie: most fractures among older adults are caused by falls, and the most dangerous and frequent place senior fall is in the bathroom.  Most common are fractures of the hip, forearm, leg, ankle, pelvis, upper arm, and hand.  Furthermore, the risk of slamming one’s head on a hard surface in the bathroom (and there are several of them) is frightening real.  Twenty to 30% of people who fall suffer moderate to severe injuries.  Once experiencing a fracture, it makes it much harder for seniors to get around or live independently, thus increasing the risk of early death.  Many people who fall, even if they aren’t injured, subsequently develop a fear of falling.  This fear may cause them to limit their physical activities, which leads to reduced mobility and loss of physical fitness, thus again increasing the actual risk of falling.  In 2010, over 21,700 older adults died from unintentional fall injuries.
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My wife and I both eat right and we visit the gym almost daily.  We both know the value of preventative care.  We strive to live a healthy lifestyle, but eventually we will need some type of assistance.  In this regard, a Walk-in Tub can be of tremendous assistance.

My mother is 83 years old.  She now requires around-the-clock care.  She can’t even bathe herself.  In nearly 20 years, when I reach her age, I hope I can still take care of myself.  
The Walk-in Tub could definitely provide a significant advantage in this regard.  The Walk-in Tub is a self-contained unit.  It stands about 40 inches off the floor and will hold about 50 gallons of water.  You enter it by a hinged door on the side of the tub and step in.  The threshold for entering and exiting is only six inches, so raising the legs and causing instability doesn’t happen due to its inherent design.  Once the door is closed and locked, because of its water-tight seal, it doesn’t leak.  Then you sit down in the slip-resistant, molded seat designed into the tub and soak in warm water.  You can easily reach across the tub to the controls and turn on the hot or cold water, empty the drain, and utilize the hand-held shower sprayer with its four-foot, metal-braided hose.  You can also control the water and/or air jets.  There is a convenient grab bar on the inside for assisting with getting up and down.  In other words, even if you were feeble, you could take a bath without the help of anyone.  I like that.  We do have our pride, you know.  Independent bathing is vitally important to seniors.  In requesting that the contractor switch out the Garden Tub to a state-of-the-art Walk-in Tub, my wife had looked forward 20 years and saw the eventual need.
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But that’s not all.  Just like many elderly seniors, my wife and I will probably develop a few aches and pains as we get older.  Age often brings on things like psoriasis, arthritis, eczema, neuropathy, muscular aches, and joint discomfort, just to mention a few.  The Walk-in Tub comes with air jet hydrotherapy where its jet ports fill the tub with thousands of therapeutic bubbles that stimulate the skin and relax the body.  Just the act of sitting in warm water creates buoyancy and takes pressure off the joints, muscles and ligaments.  The Walk-in Tub can also come with a water-jetted massage system with inline heater.  This means you can target certain parts of the body for specific “aquatic massage” treatment.  The jets are adjustable as to force and direction.  It’s like having your own massage therapist around the clock.   

When I was younger, and long before I was part owner in a specialty bathtub company, I dreamed of having my own portable spa in my home, where I could walk in and get the same treatment that I would get from a professional health spa.  Now I can have it, and not a minute too soon.

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It really doesn’t matter if you’re retired or facing retirement, it makes sense to plan ahead.  The Walk-in Tub can be enjoyed at any age.  Many who have medical problems are enjoying it long before retirement.  And some who are presently in very good health, who simply enjoy the pleasure of having their own year-round, private Jacuzzi, have them as well. That’s great, too.  

Getting to our senior years and existing comfortably during those years when we really might need help will provide new challenges for my wife and me.  Sure, having that beautiful Garden Tub in our new master bath might be tempting, but it’s not our best choice in the long term.  The Walk-in Tub might cost a little more, but overall, it will be one of the best investments of our lives.  We don’t want to spend our retirement years fighting pain and ailments when we can install something now that can help us later.  After all, that’s what planning ahead for our golden years is all about.  
In this article, I shared some of my thoughts and issues upon facing imminent retirement. I then went on to discuss how swapping out our new home’s Garden Tub with a safety-featured Walk-in Tub makes much more sense for my wife and I.  Then I shared some of key benefits Walk-in Tubs can provide, such easy access and egress, water-tight door, safety bar, ergonomic controls, water and jet-therapy and more. 


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Kerry Knight is a former co-owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida (now retired). He and his brother, Alan, have many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. Their companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. If you’d like to contact them, call (800) 843-4231 or send an email to Alan@tubking.com.
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Nectar of the Universe


By Alan Knight
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What substance has no calories, virtually no organic nutrients, is odorless and tasteless, yet is absolutely essential to humans and most other life forms on planet Earth? 

Mizu.  Voda.  Uisce.  Mayim.  Djour.  Vand.  Ta-neer.  Vesi.  Nero.  Amanzi. 
In other words, water.  
Water is one of the primordial elements not just on Earth, but also in our solar system, throughout the Milky Way galaxy, and beyond, scientists have discovered.  In fact, a study published last September stated that much of the water on Earth and elsewhere in our solar system more than likely predates the birth of our sun. 
“The implications of our study are that interstellar water-ice remarkably survived the incredibly violent process of stellar birth to then be incorporated into planetary bodies,” study lead author Ilse Cleeves, an astronomy Ph.D. student at the University of Michigan, told Space.com.
“If our sun’s formation was typical, interstellar ices, including water, likely survive and are a common ingredient during the formation of all extrasolar systems,” Dr. Cleeves added. “This is particularly exciting given the number of confirmed extrasolar planetary systems to date — that they, too, had access to abundant, life-fostering water during their formation.”
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Much of the water found in the universe is produced as a by product of star formation. When stars are born, there’s a powerful force of gas and dust and that’s projected outward.  When this outflow of material eventually impacts the surrounding gas, the shock waves that are created compress and heat the gas.  Water is produced in this warm, dense gas. In fact, water ― predominately found in the form of water vapor and/or ice ― has been found in the atmospheres of Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune and even the sun.  Furthermore, it has also been found on several moons, including Earth’s; Jupiter’s Europa; Saturn’s Titan, Enceladus, and Dione; and on other “heavenly bodies” such as Ceres, which is the largest object in the asteroid belt, between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and on many others such as comets and asteroids.  

Earth: Our Water Planet

 

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Here on our planetary terra firma, water covers 71% of the Earth’s surface.  In fact, the ubiquity of water is one the primary reasons Earth differs from its celestial sisters in our solar system. Water is essential for nearly all known forms of life.  On Earth, 96.5% of the planet’s water is found in seas and oceans, 1.7% in groundwater, 1.7% in glaciers and the ice caps of Antarctica and Greenland, a small fraction in other large water bodies, and 0.001% in the air as vapor, clouds (which are formed of solid and liquid water particles suspended in the air) and precipitation in the form of rain, snow, ice, dew, fog and hail.  

Many of us remember the stanza from the famous poem, “Rhyme of the Ancient Mariner” by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “… Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”  He penned it correctly: Only 2.5% of the Earth’s water is freshwater, and 98.8% of that water is found in ice and groundwater.  Furthermore, less than 0.3% of all freshwater is found in rivers, lakes, glaciers and the atmosphere, and an even smaller amount of the Earth’s freshwater (0.003%) is contained within biological bodies and manufactured products.  Indeed, water is our planet’s most precious natural resource. 

Water Jig

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The collective mass of water found on, under, and over the surface of a planet (or moon or other celestial body) is its hydrosphere.  On Earth, water dances continuously through the water cycle (also known as the hydrologic cycle) consisting of following transfer processes:

  • Evaporation from oceans and other water bodies into the air and transpiration from land plants and animals into air.
  • Condensation, the change of the physical state of matter from gaseous phase into liquid phase; it’s the reverse of evaporation.
  • Precipitation, from water vapor condensing from the air and falling to earth or ocean.
  • Transpiration (or evapotranspiration), the process of water movement through plants its evaporation from its above-ground structures, namely leaves, stems and flowers.
  • Runoff from the land usually reaching the oceans.
This study of the perpetual movement, distribution, and quality of water is known as hydrology.  Our environment is a closed system, not unlike a terrarium, which means it rarely loses or acquires extra matter. In fact, the very water that existed on Earth millions of years ago is still present today.  Did you ever stop to think you may be sharing a quaff of aqua with a T. rex? 

Under the Microscope

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As a chemical compound, a molecule of water contains two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom, hence its chemical name, H2O. Water performs very well as a polar solvent and is often referred to as a universal solvent.  In fact, water dissolves more substances in greater quantities than any other common liquid.  This makes it essential to a myriad of chemical, physical and biological processes.  In fact, all of our cells’ primary components (proteins, DNA and polysaccharides) are dissolved in water and more importantly, derive their structure and their activity/function from their interactions with water.

Salts, sugars, acids, alkalis and some gases are called hydrophilic (water-loving), whereas those that are immiscible in water, namely fats and oils, are known as hydrophobic (water-fearing) substances. 

Watering Holistic

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Just as Earth is nearly 75% water, we humans, too, as well as most organisms, consist primarily of water.  At birth, water accounts for approximately 80% of an infant’s body weight. By the time we reach adulthood, our bodies are comprised of 55 to nearly 80% water, depending upon gender, size and body type.  Most of this it is stored in our muscles and brain. Inside us, water acts like oil to a machine.  According to the Institute of Medicine, on average, we should consume at least 10 cups of water daily.  The precise amount depends on our level of activity, the ambient temperature, humidity, and other factors.  Some of this water is obtained from foods or beverages other than pure drinking water.

While a healthy person can drink about three gallons (48 cups) of water per day, imbibing too much water in a short period of time can lead to water intoxication.  This occurs when water ― remember, it’s considered the universal solvent ― dilutes the sodium level in our bloodstream, which then creates an imbalance of water in the brain.  This usually happens during extended periods of intense athletic activities. 
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Conversely, most soft drinks, coffee, and teas, while mostly water, also contain caffeine, which acts a mild diuretic. Alcohol is also a diuretic.  By halting the production of the body’s anti-diuretic hormone, all of these beverages prevent water from traveling to necessary locations in our bodies   By the time a person feels thirsty, his or her body has lost over one percent of its total water amount.  In fact, today, with most people drinking beverages other than pure water, health officials state that nearly 75% of Americans are functioning in a chronic state of dehydration. Ditto with other industrialized countries.  

Case in point, one of my wife’s friends is originally from the UK. I remember one time when my wife and I took her out dinner, the waiter had asked what beverages we’d like. While my wife and I requested water, our ex-pat Brit friend requested tea and wryly quipped, “I’m from Great Britain, we don’t drink water.”

“People just think that when they start to get a little weak or they have a headache, they need to eat something, but most often they need to drink [water],” explains Grace Webb, Assistant Director for Clinical Nutrition at New York Hospital. 
“Water is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients,” she continues. “It’s also key to proper digestion; it detoxifies the liver and kidneys, and carries waste away.  If your urine becomes darkly colored … we’re dehydrated.  The urine should be light, straw colored.”
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Over time, failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical complications, from fatigue, joint pain, weight gain to headaches, ulcers, high blood pressure and even kidney disease.

Centuries ago, the sagacious Leonardo da Vinci was right on the mark when he declared, “Water is the driving force of all nature.” 
I’m curious: How many of you just drank some water after reading this … I sure did!

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In this first article in our series of water, I talked about the importance and widespread existence of water, both on Earth and throughout the universe.  I discussed where water is found, and in particular, talked about its behavior and attributes on Earth.  I then went into detail about the importance of water for life processes in general and the health of human beings in particular. 
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Top Seven Bathtubs of 2014


By Alan Knight
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Someone wrote, “If Rosa Parks had taken a poll before she sat down in that bus, she would still be standing.”  A poll is nothing more than the opinion of a group of people, however it does identify what issues people hold as being important to them.  The larger the polling number, the greater the evidence of something worthy of notice.  A poll from last year revealed the public’s favorite bathtub choices.  Here are the top seven: 

#7:  The Traditional Roll Top Tub

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About a 120 ago, there were quite a few foundries in the U.S. manufacturing bathtubs.  In general, these were known as Clawfoot tubs.  This was because the tubs’ removable legs were in the shape of animal feet or paws.  There were bear claws, lion claws, and even ostrich claws.  The tubs and legs were made of cast iron.  At the foundries, tubs were overlaid with thick, stylish porcelain.  This ceramic substance had a shine and feel that was extremely popular and remains so today.   These particular tubs had a rolled rim that gave them their second name of “rolled rim” tubs.  Today, these tubs are still fashionable.  Most of the modern ones, however, have the faucet holes drilled on the top rim of the tub (to enhance interior space) instead of inside the tub like the original ones.

# 6: The Pedestal Tub  

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This model sits atop a cast iron skirt or ring instead of legs.  It gives the tub more of a contemporary look, especially for those who find animal legs not to their liking.  There is usually a cut-out in the rear of the tub for plumbing purposes.  The pedestal base can be found on just about every shape and style of tub created.  It was an alternative that seemed to be favored by the aristocracy throughout the ages. For example, some of the former kings of Europe and the Middle East had their tubs mounted on to raised bases.  This “royal” preference is in vogue even today for its majestic, sophisticated look. 

# 5:  The Dual- or Double-Ended

Unlike the traditional rolled rim, this tub has a raised slope at each end of the tub.  The drain is also centered, instead of being on the end.  This allows a person to sit on either end of the tub, facing in either direction.  It also creates symmetry and balance.  If the tub is going to be placed under a window or painting, this style is perfect.  This tub comes with chrome, brushed nickel or oil-rubbed bronze legs, as well as the pedestal base.

# 4:  The Double Slipper  

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Imagine a 72- inch tub with a majestic slope on each end and room for two people … that’s the Double Slipper.  It requires that you have enough space in your bathroom.  While it does take up some additional space in one’s bathroom, it goes a long way in helping to glamorize the room.  Like the Dual-Ended model above, this design is another one that is perfectly symmetrical.  With its ostensibly aristocratic look, it can become the focal point of any bathroom.  Believe me, once installed, everyone will take notice.  This tub is both regal and romantic.  One version of the Double Slipper is a hybrid of the Dual-Ended, only the Double Slipper has a slope that’s not so pronounced on each end. 

# 3:  The Slight Slipper  

This tub is also 72 inches in length, but the sloped ends of the tub are not as pronounced.  Think of this model as being a cross between the Dual-Ended and Double Slipper.  The poll showed that this was the preferred model over the Double Slipper by a narrow margin, citing it was a matter of comfort.  Participants commented that when reclining, the back of this tub was more comfortable because it “fit” the body better. 

# 2:  The Slipper Tub  

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We’ve all seen them with their high, sloping backs at one end of the tub.  The traditional Slipper tub has been in movies (see our previous blogs “Famous Bathtubs in the Movies,” and “Romantic Movies That Featured a Porcelain Clawfoot or Pedestal Bathtub Scene,”) and have also been use throughout history as the baths of royalty.  The main reason people love them is their sensuous look.  One writer stated, “they are sexy and revealing.  That’s why the movie industry loves them so much.”  The tub comes in two different sizes: 57 and 67 inches.

 # 1:  The Walk-in Tub

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Now, this tub is different than the aforementioned cast iron, porcelain tubs. It’s built differently, it looks completely different, and it serves different purposes. The cast iron and porcelain tubs are predominately focused on style and aesthetics, although they are perfect for soaking in warm water and relaxing.  The more modern invention of the Walk-in Tub is more utilitarian. It serves two main purposes:

A. It’s designed for those who have trouble getting into and out of a normal bathtub.  This is where its safety features come in.  The tub is free standing with six hidden legs with levelers.  It’s a tall 40 inches from the floor, but the threshold for entering is a mere six inches from the floor, facilitating safe and easy access in and out of the tub.  It has a door that opens to the inside and is sealed to make it water tight.  The floor and seat are slip-resistant and it comes with an added interior grab bar for balance and support.  Everything about this tub addresses the issue of safety.  No high lifting of the legs required to get into or out of the tub. All controls are within easy reach, there is a specially contoured seat for sitting while bathing, and there support rails for balance and maneuverability.  
B. The other function of the Walk-in tub is hydrotherapeutic.  The tub can come with air jet hydrotherapy for treating many physical ailments and water jets for a soothing massage action.  You can also choose the inline heater, which makes the water stay warm longer for a more relaxing bathing/hydrotherapeutic experience.
The Walk-in Tub comes in different sizes to fit each person and the space where it will be placed.  The 54-inch length is perfect for those who need a little extra room inside the tub (its width is 30 inches).  The 48-inch model is perfect for smaller frames, and fits easier into smaller sized bathrooms.  
While the Walk-in Tub may not be as pleasing to the eye as the Slipper Tub, it definitely is a crowd favorite.  The poll made it the number one choice of bathtubs in 2014.
In this article, I shared the poll results and described the most popular bathtubs of 2014.  These included the Roll Top, Pedestal Dual-Ended, Double Slipper, Slight Slipper, Slipper, and Walk-in tubs. 
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and  SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800) 409-3375, (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com.
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Bathtub for a King


By Alan Knight
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No king, either in secular history or biblical history, has ever surpassed the cruel reputation of Herod the Great.  He was appointed by Augustus Caesar to reign over the Jews in the ancient land of Judea, and did so for over 30 years, finally dying in the year 4 B.C.   

King Herod, with his megalomania, building obsession, and cruelty, was a notorious villain and remains so today.  During his life, he was so worried about being deposed, he had his own wife and three children executed for expected treason.  We’ve all heard or read in the Bible of the evil king that decreed the death of all male children, two years or younger, because he feared the rise of the King of the Jews.  According to the Bible, Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt to avoid the king’s edict.  
My wife and I have had the privilege of journeying to Israel and Egypt several years ago.  One of the points of great interest was the Herodium.  This was the location of King Herod’s principal palace, located on a mountain top just a short distance from Jerusalem.  This was also to become his burial place.  
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Aside from his nefarious deeds, another significant aspect of Herod’s legacy is, without question, structural in nature.  Few of his undertakings were modest.  This is true in terms of size (his physical constructions were among the largest in the world at the time), architecture (Herod’s reign introduced innovations in fortification, build-quality, shape, and use), and sheer number of projects.  He was responsible for erecting many palaces, fortresses in Jericho, Masada, Herodium, and Jerusalem; aqueducts in Jerusalem, Herzilya, Masada, and elsewhere; the port and town of Caesarea (including the Hippodrome, theater, and temple); and the unprecedented renovation of the Second Temple.  Building things was how Herod earned the title of “Great.”
The renewed Israel Museum now houses many of the artifacts of Herod the Great’s empire taken from Herodium.   In 2013, the museum produced Herod’s Edifice Complex for the public to see.  The press title for the museum’s new and very shiny exhibit was, “Herod the Great: The King’s Final Journey.”
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One of the priceless pieces taken from Herodium and representing Herod’s standards for the very best in structure was his ornate “bathtub,” made of alabaster stone. Back then, it was the stone of art par excellence.  Named after an Egyptian town where the stone was mined, it’s characterized by the crystal size (less than .05 millimeters) disposed in an intimate framework that confers alabaster’s translucency and compactness.  The first of these qualities provides alabaster with its characteristic beauty, the second, combined with gypsum’s low hardness, makes it extremely valuable and desired.
Today, Herod’s ponderous bathtub is perched on an original geometric floor.  It must have been some feat to lug that hunk of stone to the museum floor.  
The self-centered king lived large.  Inscribed jugs that once held imported wines especially for the king, perfume bottles that once held rare scents, and containers of pricey balsam oil, all speak to the opulence that surrounded Herod.
Today, tubs of incredible beauty can still be found.  Maybe not as heavy or rare as King Herod’s, but the look of these tubs draws immediate praise and establishes a note of opulence.  They are made of cast iron, and overlaid with rich, creamy-white porcelain.  Porcelain is made from the glass family and is literally sprayed over the cast iron at temperatures reaching 2,000°F. The porcelain can be broken, but with great difficulty.  It’s hardened to last a lifetime and beyond.  These porcelain tubs fall into two categories:

Antique Porcelain Tubs

 

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Unfortunately, the porcelain tubs that were manufactured in the U.S. a hundred years ago have almost disappeared.  You don’t have to be an archaeologist to discover them, but you do have to search.  They’re often found in pastures used as watering troughs, or as a huge flower pot.  Too often, they’re just left outside to rust and weather.  If you’re fortunate enough to find one of these, they’re usually in poor condition.  Many of these old tubs date back to the early 1900s.  They sometimes will have porcelain missing or have significant chips that require painstaking repair.  Also, one or more of the cast iron legs have probably been lost or broken.  Quite of few of the old tubs were thrown out when fiberglass became popular and have had to endure the weather for many years.  The heat, cold, and abuse can make them seem worthless, although some companies specialize in restoring them.  They spray a new finish on the tubs and they can become quite attractive.

New Production Porcelain Tubs

 

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Since foundries are no longer manufacturing these cast iron and porcelain tubs in the U.S., buyers have had to go to dealers who import them from foreign countries where they’re still made. These are reproductions of the antique ones, but you gain the advantage of newly cast tubs.  The porcelain is brand new, with the shine and smooth texture of ceramic.  You can find these tubs in attractive and useful designs, such as Roll-rimmed, Slipper, Double Slipper, Dual-ended, and Pedestals.  These tubs can make any bathroom look like one belonging to royalty.  These beautiful soaking tubs are purchased by those who want their home to look like a palace, without having to pay a king’s ransom to purchase them.   

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The pedestal tubs sit on a skirt or apron that raises the tub an additional six to eight inches off the floor, making it a true centerpiece of excellence.  The clawfoot-legged tubs sit upon the feet of designs emulating the feet of animals such as the eagle, bear, and lion.  The legs are made of chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.  If you’re looking for something to really make your bathroom stand out, you needn’t look any further than today’s elegant cast iron and porcelain tubs.
In this article, I discussed many of the structures that the King Herod the Great had constructed in his ancient kingdom in Israel and Egypt.  In particular, I highlighted his ornate, large bathtub. I then went on to point out that today, people can still have a taste of regal opulence by installing a cast iron, porcelain clawfoot bathtub in their homes. 
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A Story About Bathtubs to “Whet” Your Appetite


By Alan Knight
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On December 28, 1917, the popular journalist H. L. Mencken (who had previously covered the aftermath of the Great Fire of Jacksonville in 1901) published an article in the “New York Evening Mail” titled “A Neglected Anniversary.” It described the curious history of the bathtub in America, particularly how people, initially believing that bathtubs posed a health risk, were slow to accept them until President Millard Fillmore popularized them by installing one in the White House in 1850.

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“The first bathtub in the United States was installed in Cincinnati, on December 20, 1842, by Adam Thompson. It was made of mahogany and lined with sheet lead. At a Christmas party, he exhibited and explained it and four guests later took a plunge. The next day the Cincinnati paper devoted many columns to the new invention and it gave rise to violent controversy.

“During the same year the Legislature of Virginia laid a tax of $30 a year on all bathtubs that might be set up. In Hartford, Providence, and Wilmington, special and very heavy water rates were laid on persons who had bathtubs. Boston in 1845 made bathing unlawful except on medical advice, but the ordinance was never enforced and in 1862 it was repealed.

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“President Millard Fillmore gave the bathtub recognition and respectability. While Vice President, he visited Cincinnati in 1850 on a stumping tour and inspected the original bathtub and used it. Experiencing no ill effects he became an ardent advocate, and on becoming President, he had a tub installed in the White House. The Secretary of War invited bids for the installation. This tub continued to be the one in use until the first Cleveland Administration.”

The controversy reached other cities, and in more than one place medical opposition was reflected in legislation. In 1843 the Philadelphia Common Council considered an ordinance prohibiting bathing between November 1 and March 15, and this ordinance failed of passage by but two votes.
Some papers designated it as an epicurean luxury, others called it undemocratic, as it lacked simplicity in its surroundings. Medical authorities attacked it as being dangerous to one’s health.

Nothing in Mencken’s history of the bathtub was true. It was all a joke. Mencken later wrote, “My motive was simply to have some harmless fun in war days.” Mencken said he didn’t expect anyone to take his article seriously. However, it literally took several years to straighten out the hoax.
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So, what is the truth about bathtubs today?  We have certainly come a long way.  Today the tubs are more beautiful, comfortable, and functional than ever before.  And contrary to the once-held erroneous belief, they are indeed good for one’s health and sense of well-being.  

Luxury Tubs. The newly reproduced cast iron and porcelain footed tubs are extremely popular among those who are seeking to add the element of elegance to their bath.  One of the more popular designs is the Slipper Tub.  It has often been portrayed in movies and television as the tub of the stars. With its high-arching back and sexy lines, it defines wealth and opulence. The robust, rich porcelain interior seems to speak to infer the opulence of royalty.  New styles that are patterned after those of yesteryear would include not only the different sizes of Slipper Tubs, but also the Dual-Ended, Pedestal, Double Slippers and Roll Top. 
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When you add plumbing fixtures made of chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze to your cast iron/porcelain tubs, you can really make your luxury tub stand out.  Matching the legs of the tubs with the same finish as the faucet, drain and water supply lines can really make the tub shine. Combined, all these cohesive design elements deliver the message of luxury and wealth.  

Today, prices have never been better for those looking to purchase a luxury bathtub.  Because of major production foundries in other countries, these porcelain tubs can be imported and sold at prices that anyone can afford.  Alan Knight, president of Tub King, Inc., cautions, “Just make sure you don’t go for an acrylic reproduction of the old designs.  We’ve found that over time, they don’t hold up to heavy use and they seem to lose their shape and finish very easily.  The right choice would be the cast iron and porcelain original designs.  These well-built tubs can potentially last for hundreds of years.  Plus they look like a million dollars.”
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Functional Tubs. Many people have trouble taking a bath because of mobility constraints.  They may still be young, but are suffering from an injury or an early debilitating disease like MS.  Then you have the growing senior population, who may have challenges when getting into and out of a traditional bathtub; it’s a real safety task.  The Walk-in tub was created to make bathing easier and safer for those in need of help.  With the addition of hydrotherapy in the form of air and water jets, the new tub became an instant hit.  Now, a person can access the tub through a low ingress/egress, water-tight door, sit down on a non-slip seat, and soak in warm water.  Within arm’s reach is a convenient hand-held shower sprayer.  They could also engage the air pump and create thousands of therapeutic bubbles to treat various medical conditions.  The water pump provides a complete massage system, pulsing water against various parts of the body that need help.  The inline heater allows them to remain in the tub as long as they want.  The greatest part of this entire package is the freedom.  Seniors can take a bath in privacy, without needing help from anyone.  

There are quite a few companies out there selling the Walk-in Tub with a high price tag.  Don’t get ripped off!  Do your homework.  Tub King, Inc., offers Walk-in Tubs at discounted prices and will even meet or beat any competitor’s price.  Don’t pay $10,000 for a Walk-in Tub when you can purchase the same tub with the same features for a third of that.  
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Today, numerous scientific studies show from a hygienic and therapeutic (and yes, psychological)
standpoint, frequent bathing is a healthy activity.  In fact, there’s an entire academic and real-world field focusing on the well-documented benefits of hydrotherapy.

In this article, I talked about H.L. Mencken’s historic parody about the growing popularity of the bathtub in the U.S., saying it was President Fillmore who helped popularize it in America back in the 19th century. I then went on to describe some of the various historic models such as the elegant clawfoot tub, which is making a comeback today. I also described the benefits of the modern-day Walk-in Tub.   
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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800) 409-3375, (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com.
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Invest in Yourself for the New Year



By Alan Knight
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Like many people at this time of year, I’ve been making my list and checking it twice.  No; I’m not talking about the holiday gifts I shared with family, friends and colleagues.  I’m talking about the gift of change. 

It’s a new year, so I’m writing down my list of goals and improvements I want to make for myself in 2015.  You know …  get more exercise, make some dietary changes, stop a bad habit, etc.  I like to think of these positive changes as an investment in myself.  And then there’s the second list of all the “Honey Do’s” my wife is making for me as well.  Can’t forget those, can I? 
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If you’re looking to invest in yourself in 2015, one thing you might consider is to attend Tub King’s Bath and Kitchen Refinishing Training Class.  After gaining hands-on experience over the course of a weekend, you’ll have the skills and know-how to improve your income significantly as a certified refinisher.  Bath and kitchen refinishing is one of the hottest trends in the home improvement industry today.  Once you’ve attended our interactive class, you’ll have the in-demand skills to set up your own part- or even full-time business. Consider the following:   
  • This service/skill set is in high demand (thousands of people want/need your specialized services)
  • It has a high profit margin (50-75% higher than house painting, for example)
  • It provides great income potential (some professionals are earning $200/hour or more)
  • You save customers money (refinishing vs. remodeling can garner a 70% savings)
  • You’re in control of your time and schedule
  • You’re able to work in a variety of different markets (residential, commercial, and antique)
Since Tub King has been offering this weekend course over the past 13 years, our refinishing class has been attended by thousands people from all over the North and South America and even from Europe.  The classes are taught at our national headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. 
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Let’s see, it’s near the end of December and I just looked at our outside temperature … it’s a balmy 78°F.  The class generally runs from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.  If necessary, we’ll go into Sunday, depending upon how many students we have.  So you’ll still have some time for Florida-flavored R ‘n’R, if that’s your proclivity. 

FYI: Our HQ isn’t too far from the Atlantic Ocean and there’s also a major river, The St. Johns, coursing through the middle of the city. There’s also the Intracoastal Waterway.

Here are some excerpts from a letter we received from a recent attendee who had driven down from Atlanta, Georgia, to attend the class:  
“… Mike’s teaching techniques exceeded my expectations.  The hands-on teaching was on point … I really learned and appreciated the knowledge I received. It was definitely worth the $500 investment (plus travel expenses). I got the same feedback from the rest of the class. Great for networking and sharing experiences. Those in the trade that haven’t taken your course are missing out.” 
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Like many professions, the only way to learn these skills is by hand-on experience. And that’s exactly what you’ll experience throughout the course.  Imagine going to a doctor and learning you need to have an operation. “Doctor,” you ask during your pre-op consultation, “how many of these procedures have you done over the years?” To which the well-meaning physician replies, “None, but I’ve studied the manual.”  Don’t settle for just watching someone else do this.  We insist you get your hands on it, you put your back into it, and you give it your all.  After all, you’re investing in your own future.   
The class is very thorough; no one else offers such a rich and varied curriculum designed to teach you the skills you’ll need.  You’ll personally refinish several antique clawfoot bathtubs, sinks, countertops and tiles.  Here’s an example of what you’ll learn:
  • Overview of the Refinishing Industry
  • Choosing the right equipment
  • Understanding the most reliable coating products
  • Refinishing Porcelain (tubs and sinks)
  • Striking Gold in Antique Clawfoot Bathtubs
  • Refinishing Fiberglass
  • Spot repairs
  • Cleaners that work 
  • Refinishing Kitchen Countertops
  • Refinishing Appliances
  • Refinishing Ceramic Tile
  • Refinishing Cabinets
  • Proper Prep makes the difference
  • Offering multi-speck patterns
  • Refinishing concrete
  • Bedliners for trucks (this is a separate business all in itself)
  • Bathtub conversion for senior citizens (earn up to $700 more)
  • How to set up your business properly
  • How to market & advertise for the best results
  • Strategies that can get you months of work
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And it doesn’t stop there.  We also provide Marketing Training with trade secrets that are designed to help you jump start your business.  We also offer assistance with advertising with brochures, ads, flyers and more.  We provide a free lunch during the class.  Importantly, once the class is over, you’ll receive a Certificate of Completion as a trained refinishing professional.    
It gets better.  At the end of the course, we’ll add you to our database of professional refinishers. When someone calls us asking if we know of a qualified refinisher near their home or place of business, we’ll give them your number if you’re near them. 
The intensive, hands-on course costs $495 and requires a $100 nonrefundable advance deposit.  For your own protection, you must have a proper face mask in order to participate. If you don’t have one, can you purchase it from our office when you’re here.  
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Speaking of which, we also sell a variety of professional-grade refinishing equipment such as the TK8000 Three-stage Turbine (made specifically for us, hence the TK designation), Apollo SuperSpray Dual Feed Gun, and a wide range of Apollo chemicals for a variety of projects, including bathtub refinishing, countertop refinishing, tile refinishing, concrete staining, truck bed liner coatings, non-slip coatings and more. Everything you’ll need to get started in this potentially lucrative industry. 

This new year, why not invest in your future? Give us a call or send me an email to reserve your space in our nationally recognized Bathroom and Kitchen Refinishing Class today.  

Upcoming class dates:

January: 16-18
February: 20-22
March: 13-14
April: 17-19

Join us! And be the change you want to see in your own life. 

In this article, I talked about Tub King’s acclaimed Bathroom and Kitchen Refinishing Class. I gave an overview of our hands-on approach to your professional education, highlighted the curriculum, and talked about other benefits of completing the course, such as being added to our national referral database, having a near one-stop shop for key supplies, etc.  

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Alan Knight is the owner of Tub King, Inc., and SeniorBathtub.com  in Jacksonville, Florida. He has many years of experience in the antique and senior bathtub industries. His companies not only provide superior products, they are also award winners, receiving the “Best of Jacksonville Chamber Award” four years running. To contact Tub King directly, call (800) 409-3375, (800)843-4231 or email alan@tubking.com.

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