Is it possible to cut a cast iron bathtub with a circular saw? I bought the
metal cutting abrasive blades, but it is eating up the blade faster than
the bathtub. Ended up with a heap of black dust from the blade, but only a
small dent in the bath tub. The cut is getting red hot, and sparks are
flying. At this rate, it will take me days to get through. I am wondering
if there is an easier way. I can't use a sledge hammer as there isn't much
room for swing. Perhaps a different kind of blade? Any ideas are
Use a pick!!!
Sort of thing for miners breaking rock.
Someone at Home Depot told me how you just couldn't
break up one of those old tubs, I brought him a square
of it in my back pocket. Took less than an hour to have
that tub reduced to pieces that could fit into a bucket.
I have no advice, but I wish you well.
I helped carry a bath tube down a flight of stairs a couple years ago, and
that can't be right. Once we got it outside, we tried breaking it up with a
sledgehammer, but nothing happened.
If you had some way to avoid burning down your house, a cutting torch
Also sharp items like a pick axe will punch through most times and
once the metal starts to fracture it will usually cause a chain
reaction so you can smash the rest up with a sledge hammer.
However, sometimes you get one of those extra tough old @#$@@'s and
"I've been here, I've been there..."
If the water closet is in your way, remove it. You will need the
space to maneuver any way, no matter what kind of tub it is. Put
an old blanket or heavy visqueen over the tub to catch shrapnel.
Swing a big hammer. If it dents like a car rather than
shattering, it is a steel tub.
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
Must be one strange tub. There is plenty of room to swing a pick or
sledge inside the tub. It shouldn't take a round-house swing,
especially with a pick, to start it cracking. Cast iron is brittle and
once you start a crack it breaks up fast. You should drape it with a
I missed it too. WEAR SAFETY GLASSES no matter how you finally do it.
I am wearing an artificial lens now because I didn't while doing
nothing more than driving a nail (mis strike).
I bought a pick axe as suggested by some people here, covered the bathtub
with a tarp, and tried to break it. No joy. Every time I banged it, the
porcelain broke off, but there was no sign of damage to the metal
underneath. What am I doing wrong? Am I not hitting it hard enough?
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