I have a Bette steel enamel bath similar in shape and dimensions to the one below.

enter image description here The bath unit is supported by four support feet in the same configuration as the image below. It's set sideways into an alcove, with tiled walls on 3 sides, and the other long edge supported by a (tiled) wooden frame. I'm unsure if there are supports bolting the other sides to the walls.

I've noted the two bath feet next to the long edge of the wall are getting quite rusty.

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I would usually remove the tiling from the support frame to install new feet, but the tiles are cemented solidly in place, and it would be a tough job to disassemble and reassemble them.

There is a 50 cm x 50 cm access panel in the tiled support frame that I can use to access the underside (directly next to the bath waste pipe connections) so my options are limited.

I was thinking of propping up the underside with several layers of 50 cm x 50 cm carpeting or thick fabric right under the middle of the tub. Another option is to put in supportive wooden beams of similar size, but the problem then is how to align them with the curvature of the underside.

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions that you may have.

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    Hello, and welcome to Home Improvement. A picture of the actual rusty feet would be helpful. And, you should probably take our tour so you'll know how best to participate here. Jun 26, 2019 at 13:21
  • Please post a picture so we can help what "quite" rusty means. Have you addressed the root cause of the rust? There shouldn't be moisture under your tub surround in the first place.
    – Valkor
    Aug 6, 2019 at 19:30

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Instead of carpet or fabric, consider using 1-2" thick pink foam insulation. It's available at most construction type stores, withstands enough weight to support concrete floors without crushing, can be easily cut and carved to shape, and doesn't rust.

  • Thanks. I'll look into rigid foam to support the bath. I think pink foam is water permeable to some degree, so would water exposure be a problem over time?
    – Trend2019
    Jul 6, 2019 at 8:41

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