How to Replace Clawfoot Tub Feet
Replacing clawfoot tub feet can be a real headache. A clawfoot tub is a classic style usually made from cast iron. It is much heavier than resin and fiberglass. It requires help to move or to replace clawfoot tub feet. Clawfoot tub feet are separate from the rest of the tub, but that doesn't make replacing them any easier. The article below will show you how to replace clawfoot tub feet in a way that is easy.
Step 1 - Preparing the Tub
Shut off the water supply. A clawfoot tub is not attached to the floor like standard tubs, but there still is plumbing to consider. If your plumbing is independent of the tub, then you can skip to Step 2. If it is attached through the tub, then continue with Step 1. If your faucet system is installed through the clawfoot tub, then you will need to remove it. Do so by removing the bolts on the outside of the tub and carefully pulling the faucet away. Unscrew the water valves by turning them in the same direction as you would when wanting water to flow but continue once you feel them stop.
Step 2 - Lifting the Tub
It is impossible to lift the clawfoot tub by hand, so assistance is a must. Strap a piece of foam to the top of a car jack in order to protect the underside of the tub. Slide the jack under the tub and position it in the center. Slowly raise the jack until it touches the bottom of the tub. You can then begin to jack the tub higher. Make sure you have friends handy in order to stabilize the tub. Once the tub is high enough, push foam bricks under it away from the clawfoot tub feet. The foam bricks should be at least 18-inches thick. Placing four of these under the tub will support the weight while protecting it and keeping it risen so you can work. Once the bricks are in place, you can gradually release the jack.
Step 3 - Replacing the Clawfoot Tub Feet
Now that the tub is off the ground and properly supported, you can remove the clawfoot tub feet. Loosen the bolt where the feet connect to the tub. A wrench or screwdriver will do the trick nicely. Older models will have clawfoot tub feet that screw directly into the tub. Due to the glazing, you may need to use a wrench. Fit it over the shaft of the foot and tighten it. Use force to loosen it by turning it to the left. Once it is dislodged, you can unscrew it and repeat with the remaining feet. Simply screw in the new clawfoot tub feet. Replace the jack and lift the slightly. Remove the foam bricks and lower the tub. Replace the faucet and knobs.