2009 - Volume #33, Issue #1, Page #31[ Sample Stories From This Issue | List of All Stories In This Issue | Print this story | Read this issue]
Insulated "Giant" Bathtub Stays Hot For Hours
"There's nothing I hate more than being cramped up in a bathtub and not being able to stretch out. My bathtub is 6 ft. 4 in. long by 3 1/2 ft. wide so I have plenty of room to stretch out, and it's 25 in. deep so when I fill the tub full my body actually floats in the water," says Voigt.
A key feature of the bathtub is that the walls are fully insulated, which helps the water stay warm for a longer period of time. And there's a sliding cover on top that helps retain heat. "If I close the covers most of the way, the water stays the same temperature for at least an hour without ever cooling down," says Voigt.
Three small 7-watt "night lights" are built into the walls and are activated by pressing a switch. "When I turn the lights on and close the covers over me, it's quite a cozy feeling," says Voigt.
He made a 1-in. thick wood frame for the tub by glueing together sheets of 1/2-in. thick plywood. The tub is lined with galvanized steel, a 1-in. layer of Styrofoam, and then 1/4-in. thick poly panels. Voigt used latex silicone acrylic to seal all the joints.
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Ken Voigt, 9208 Pasture Lane, Wausau, Wis. 54403 (ph 715 842-8471; KV57@aol.com).
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