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 Post subject: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 4:52 pm 
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I live in a 1950 house with the typical five by eight bathroom. The cast iron tub is needing replacement. My question is, will I be able to knock the old tub to pieces with a sledge hammer? Another thought, will I be able to get the new tub in the room to install it? Typical tub with one side goes to the floor while the other three sides are enclosed by the walls of the room. If I have to I can remove all the sheetrock and a stud or two since I want to insulate the outside wall anyway. Hopefully someone here has already done this! Thanks!


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 5:07 pm 
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When I removed a cast iron tub years ago, I took it out in one piece. You will probably have to remove some drywall to get to the nails anchoring the tub to the wall studs.

Once its free, stand it up right and use a hand truck or appliance dolly to wheel it out in one piece. A helper is recommended unless you are a real stud. I am not, nor never have been in that category. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 5:14 pm 
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I've busted out a couple cast iron tubs, you sure can use a sledge hammer. It takes a few whacks to get it
cracking, and the pieces will explode into the room, WEAR EYE PROTECTION !!
Mine had a piece fly out and hit the new toilet, shattering the bowl, so protect surrounding items.
It's much easier than wrestling out a whole tube that weighs 400 pounds.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 5:20 pm 
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Breaking it up is definitely an option.
Be advised that the flying shards of porcelain are sharp as glass and will go everywhere.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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Smashing vitreous enameled cast iron in very dangerous, shards of porcelain will fly in all directions at great velocity. Kinda like smashing a picture tube.

My Dad in his infinite wisdom though it would be a good idea to smash up an old (20's) gas stove. The first hit sent a shard of porcelain that cut him just below the left eye... Mom bandaged his cheek, he then took the stove apart removing all the nuts, bolts...

Taking out a part of a wall may offer the opportunity to add a window, door or some other improvement feature other than just closing the opening... As stated, re-routed electrical outlets, insulation, power vent (big help) in keeping wall paper stuck, reduces mold & mildew too...

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 5:41 pm 
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Covering the tub with Tyvek before shattering it might prevent flying shards. Tyvek is inexpensive and virtually rip-proof.

I installed a five foot Eljer tub and soon learned the challenges. The surest way I can see sliding a five foot tub into a five foot space is moving it in right angles, like that old sliding tile puzzle.

As a 2D problem, angling the tub just a little jams it up. Removing 1/2" of sheetrock on each end doesn't gain you much. Operating in 3D helps some, as you can slide it into the room on one side, then flop it over into place. Is the door lined up so you can do that? Would you have to remove the commode and sink?

One method I've used is to construct scale models out of cardboard and move them around to see where the give is. Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 6:33 pm 
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I've replaced about 20 and all by sledge hammer, eye protection and long pants. I know one plumber that shatters the porcelain then uses a Sawzall.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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I used the sawzall option.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
PostPosted: Jan Mon 22, 2018 6:49 pm 
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once you breach the tub, it then comes apart easy, its not that big of a deal guys, come on

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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If you can get a blade for the Sawzall that'll cut through the Porcelain, that seems like the safest and easiest method. Another might be using a Dremel tool with a cut off wheel to start the cut, and then the Sawzall.
O/W, what Mike suggested that another plumber does would appear to be the next best option.

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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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I have put many cast iron tubs into manageable pieces with a sledgehammer and about 10 minutes. Apron is really easy to wack off, it gets a little harder after that. Protection as mentioned above.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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I usually let my younger helper show off for a few minutes first.

Be warned, it's easy to break a sledge hammer handle.


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 Post subject: Re: Question about replacing bathtub.
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Eye and ear protection, long pants and work boots. Throw a couple old moving blankets over the tub and and hit it with the biggest sledge you can handle.

I cheated... had access to a Bosch Brute. Made quick work of it :lol: .

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