Removeing a bathtub?


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Old 08-04-10, 01:46 AM
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Red face Removeing a bathtub?

What is the best way to remove a tub. I have striped to the
stud. It's a small bathroom and have removed tolit also. The drain is my concern. There is dirt under this tub and I want
this floor sealed. House built in 1977 if that matters.The only
thing connected to tub is the drain. Had a carpenter ant problem. Thanks Naoma
 
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Old 08-04-10, 04:33 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Is your tub cast iron, plastic or fiberglas? Generally the drain unscrews from the top after you remove the hair cover. How do you know there is dirt under the tub? There are far better and easier ways to access under the tub than removing it. One would be to remove the lower part of the adjoining wall. You can patch and paint it a lot easier than you can remove a tub. I don't recommend you trying it.
 
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Old 08-05-10, 07:36 PM
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i once took out a cast iron tub by myself. in 1 piece. walls on 3 sides. could have reused it if i wanted too.
 
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Old 08-05-10, 07:51 PM
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All my cast iron tub removals are in pieces as big as a piece of bread. Congratulations on the patience.
 
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Old 08-05-10, 08:37 PM
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That's the one advantage that a fiberglass tub has over a cast iron. When you bust it up you can remove it in bigger pieces.
 
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Old 08-10-10, 11:41 AM
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bathtub removal

Thank you for you comment. The reason I know that there is dirt
uncer the tub I could feel the dirt with my hand. I made a cut
in my daughter bedroom wall that gave me access to the pipes
and drain. There is dirt everwhere, at least I think it is dirt. I still would like to remove the tub and all that dirt under the
tub. I may go with a walk in shower, no tub. The thing is when
they plumb this bathroom years ago, they didnot use what I
call green board any where around the tub/shower. When I
removed the wet sheetrock Carpenter Ants came out in the
thousands. From behind the 2/4's. I am having a exterminater
come this week to check out this dirt. A builder next week,,
hopefully, to check out the structure of these 2/4's. a couple
are riddley with holes. I want this tub up and out. I am doing
this work my self. I can't pay someone to doit.
 
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Old 08-10-10, 03:02 PM
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Naoma if you are reinstalling the same tub (recommended), I wouldn't take it completely out of the room unless you are cramped for work space. Replacing in the same place will be simpler. If you are tiling above the tub, use concrete backer underlayment, and not green board. Green board is not approved for moist area applications any more (probably should have never been). A walk in shower would be nice, just don't make it too small. Think "drive through" shower (big). Yeah it may be a lot more work, but you will love it.
 
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Old 08-13-10, 06:18 AM
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You need to remove the overflow and the drain. Hopefully you have an access panel to get to them. Once thats done you should be able to move the tub out. However, the dirt you feel under the tub may be a mortarbed to set and level the tub. So some extra muscle might be needed to pull it out!!! Oh make sure your tiling flange isn't nailed to the studs also. If it's a cast iron tub have fun Beer 4U2. I just pulled out an old Crane, Pink CI tube from the 50's and it wasn't easy. I even had my 17yr old stepson help me and he had trouble lifting it and my back didn't feel so great afterwards . Anyone want to buy it? It's in good condition. I'll even throw in matching pink tiles
 
 

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