How to Remove a Clawfoot Bathtub
A clawfoot bathtub is a classic fixture; however, these beautiful tubs must sometimes be removed. Removing a clawfoot bathtub is a physical job, but it can be easily accomplished with the right tools and knowledge. Read this article to learn to remove your tub effectively and efficiently.
Step 1 - Shut off the Water Supply
Shut the water off by locating the water shut off valve and turning it all the way off. Check both faucets to make sure there is no water flowing. You are good to move on to the next step.
Step 2 - Remove Drain Gate
To remove the drain, first, remove the drain gate that is located on top of the drain. Do so by removing the screws that hold it into place using your screwdriver. It may be necessary to pry the cap with a screwdriver. With older tubs, it is sometimes necessary to do so because it has become attached to the drain.
Step 3 - Remove the Drain
Insert the large end of the basket wrench into the drain. Use a socket wrench to remove the drain by turning loose. Then safely and effectively remove the drain from the tub.
Step 4 - Taking out the bathtub
Those bathtubs being extremely heavy to move and handle, do not try to move it on your own or you'll likely injure yourself in the process. Get 2 or 3 helpers instead to help carry the bathtub outside to be disposed of.
Step 5 - Safety First
Now it's time to start breaking the tub apart. Use a tarp or drop cloth to cover the area where you are working. This will keep all debris together to pick up afterward. Protect yourself with safety goggles and work gloves.
Step 6 - Break It Up
Use your sledgehammer to pound on the tub. Strike until the tub starts to break into pieces. Continue until you have broken the tub into pieces that are easy to remove and dispose of.
Step 7 - Clean Up
Remove the smashed sections of the tub and dispose of them properly into a dumpster.
Whether you are removing your clawfoot bathtub to replace it with a new unit of the same stature, or you are replacing it with a completely new tub, half of the hard work is over.