John Wiechmann -- The Tub Guy -- came into the business in an unusual way. He worked in a body shop and his mother needed her tub fixed. So, using the tools and supplies he used to work on the bodies of automobiles, he fixed the tub. The work held and he discovered he enjoyed doing it.
So, he found someone in the actual business of repairing bathtubs and learned the actual skills, as well as the equipment and supplies to use.
The actual name of the business is "The Tub Guy -- Porcelain and Fiberglass Repair." It has been family owned and operated in Payson since 1998, but the work takes him all over the state. He said the jobs he gets are primarily because of word-of-mouth and that makes him feel good about the business and the quality of work he does.
"We repair and refinish tubs," he explained, adding he has turned a lot of avocado-, harvest gold- and baby blue-colored tubs back into white in Payson.
The repairs are primarily chips that are made in the tubs during new home construction.
"The tub has to be put in right after the framing, so it gets a lot of wear and tear holding tools and other equipment during the construction of a new house," Wiechmann said.
He also refinishes a lot of fiberglass tubs. "Most people don't realize because its fiberglass, a tub needs to be treated like a car finish." He said by scrubbing the tub/shower enclosure with an abrasive you are scratching the surface and those scratches get filled with dirt and hardwater deposits, etc., making the tub even harder to clean.
"I get calls from people saying they just can't get their tub clean anymore. They have cleaned it so much it has just become dull."
He said porcelain and fiberglass tubs are about equal in durability, but if he was putting in a new tub for himself, it would be fiberglass.
"I'm not in the business of replacing tubs. I'm in the business of keeping them in shape so they don't have to be replaced."
The newest addition to his business is a new technique he developed to cut tubs down so the elderly and handicapped can have easier access. He has been cutting them down for awhile, but was not really comfortable with the quality of the work and as concerned that the alterations allowed the tubs to retain their strength. He said his new technique has relieved both concerns.
He can cut down the side of a tub in a day, but it needs to sit for 48 hours before it is used after being altered.
In the future, he would like to expand the business by bringing in another "tub guy," but it would have to be someone he could teach and trust.
"You're sending someone into a person's home. You have to be able to trust them."
To schedule an appointment, call The Tub Guy at (928) 472-6130.
It will take about two weeks before he can do a job, he said.