How to Remove a Cast Iron Bathtub
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How to Remove a Cast Iron Bathtub

8/8/2011

How to Remove a Cast Iron Bathtub

Removing a cast iron bathtub for your bathroom renovation can be a daunting task. A cast iron bathtub could weigh as much as 300 pounds and, if you have small bathroom, working in a constrained space could be challenging. However with the proper materials and the help of your family members or friends, removing a cast-iron bathtub may be carried out with ease. Below are the materials that you need along with the instructions on how to remove a cast iron bathtub:

Materials Needed:
Plastic sheet or tarp
Sledge hammer
Sponge
Piece of Cloth
Protective eye gear
Heavy working gloves
Pry bar
Tub tools
Wrench                           

Step 1-Turning Off Water Source
Prior to starting the removal process of the cast iron bathtub make sure that the water source to the bathtub is shut off. Turn off the water valve that supplies water to your bathtub. Open the drain of your bathtub to remove the water. Wipe any remaining water with a sponge.


Step 2-Disconnect Plumbing Fixtures
Remove the plumbing leading to the bathtub including plumbing fixtures, faucet, drain lever, shower diverter and water valves with a crescent wrench and tub tools. At this point, you need to have a good look at the he area underneath the tub to be able to inspect the drain trap.

Step 3-Covering Drain Hole
Cover the drain opening with a cloth to ensure that no other debris would fall into it to avoid clogging your sewer line.

Step 4-Break the bathtub Frame
With the use of a pry bar, take out the caulking and the first rows of tiles that frames the tub. Using a sledge hammer, break open the walls until the studs get exposed.

Step 5-Protect the Bathtub
Cover the tub with a drop cloth or a heavy-weight cloth or tarp. This will protect the tub and its surrounding areas from getting hit or damaged from any flying cast-iron debris during the working process.

Step 6朆reaking Cast-Iron
Get a firm hold of the handle of the sledge hammer with both hands and whack hard the tool onto the middle portion of the outer side of the tub. This motion will split away a big portion of the cast-iron. Continue whacking the sledge hammer towards the middle of the tub抯 side wall direction to open it apart. Continue doing the breaking process until the cast iron is broken into small pieces to be brought out for discarding.

Step 7朆reaking Inside Tub
Hit on the side of the tub in the new location which is about a foot to the end facing the drain. Clear the area of any broken pieces from the cast-iron to give way for enough clearance to work on getting into the interior part of the tub situated alongside the wall. Hit on the area again.

Step 8朇learing Cast-Iron Pieces
Do the 揵reaking� process until the whole tub is dismantled in about four sections. When this is done, it will be easy to take out the cast-iron bathtub pieces out of the bathroom.



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