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Question DetailsAsked on 5/26/2011

Removing a tub in a bathroom remodel

Going to remodel small bathroom and I want to do most of the work. I need to remove an Old cast iron tub in place - How?

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Cast Iron Tubs are FUN... all that wieght,,just sittin there waiting to walk right out the

door and into the trash can,,,,,,, AND , IT , can be that simple !

Seriously , but not, all, cast iron tubs are alike .


ALLWAYS WEAR SAFETY GLASSES & GLOVES when performing these any of these Tasks, Porcelain is "GLASS" and Will CUT YOU !


The point is on some jobs , we have been fortunate enough that our Job Supervisor just took a ball pein hammer and beat the tub into submission, took about -6- hammer blows and POW , it broke apart . On others , we've utilised sledge Hammers and with a few select blows , the tub breaks into several pieces, grabbing each piece , very carefully, we then throw the scrap in a scrap pile and haul to recycling as scrap iron, which beats having to pay for disposal at the Local Waste Authority.


THEN , there are the Tubs , where the cast iron is SO Thick, the only way to remove it is to tear down the surrounding walls , hire a bunch of Big Backs with simple minds, and MUSCLE It OUT,,,,,and that type of Tub can usually be ReSold, if you have a RebuildIT Recycling Center..as a lot of folk are seeking Turn of the century " Antique Products ".


GooD Luck !

Answered 4 years ago by BentheBuilder




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