I know the sledgehammer routine for removing tubs is the standard
answer but I'd like to remove this one intact.
I've got the bathroom down to studs, I've got the bathtub off the
floor and face down on a 4-wheel dolly. The bathroom is exactly 5'
wide its entire length and there's just not enough room to swing the
tub so I can shove it through the door.
It seems like the answer - short of removing wall studs - is to put
the tub back down on the floor, bottom down, and then tip the tub to
vertical, followed by tipping it back down face forward onto the
Or is there some other way of doing this?
Tub is under the window, huh?
Answer is 'it depends'. I think you are on the right track. Sometimes
the best thing to do is stand the tub on end, and walk it out of the
room like a refrigerator, or use a refrig dolly to move it from the face
side. Not seeing how the pads and braces under the tub, and the wall
studs, are laid out, I can't suggest how to rotate it in multiple
dimensions at once to english it out of there. In a tiny bath like that,
dollies are not always an option- sometimes 3 big guys and a lot of
grunting is the only answer. That is why contractor usually says
'sledgehammer and replace'.
Tub usually goes in first, and bathroom is built around it. Are you
saving to reuse in same spot, or elsewhere? Or do you need to rebuild
the floor frame and decking under it?
Don't give up- old iron tubs, if the porcelain is good, are worth
saving. They beat the heck out of all but the high-end special-order
You priced a Real Cast Iron tub, lately? If the porcelain coating on the
old one is good, not cracked or stained, and still shiny, it is worth a
couple hundred bucks in effort or hired labor to salvage it, assuming
the color and style meet your (and SWMBO's) requirements. I'm sure you
can still get brand new tubs that are as good, but you won't find them
at the big box, and you will pay through the nose. If it isn't abused,
and there is nothing horrible in the water or the cleaning chemicals
used, a good porcelain-coated tub can last a century or more. Modern
plastic or fiber ones look tired after 20 years. Other than where idiot
Previous Owner chipped it by dropping wrenches, the 1960 tub in this
place looks like new. The plastic 1978 shower stall in the addition
looks like it belongs in the type of motel where you only stay when
everything else is booked solid.
Hmm- the big-boxes around here don't carry ANY iron tubs, just plastic
or that thick faux-cast stuff that feels less flimsy than a typical
plastic tub. When I looked online last year, Real Iron tubs from the
major brands started several hundred higher than that.
(checks Lowes website)
Well, I guess my search params were too tight last time. I did find a
couple entry-level ones in the mid-300s. But only a couple. Most were
anywhere from several hundred higher to several thousand for the
I still the old ones are worth salvaging, if they are in good shape,
just on principle.
That is exactly what I did. It was extremely heavy and hard to
maneuver but I eventually got it out. And once I loaded it into the
back of the Ranger pickup it almost brought the front tires off the
On 3/15/2009 10:28 AM email@example.com spake thus:
Like the punch line to the old joke goes, I used to have a truck like
A local place that sells old plumbing fixtures and such (the Sink
Factory in Berkeley, fantastic place) has a tub one of my clients might
want. I asked how much it was and the owner told me "a buck a
pound--$350" (this was for a 5'6" tub).
Made From Pears: Pretty good chance that the product is at least
Did mine that way. Really not bad if you have a dolly to truck it out
on or a helper. I used an appliance dolly and wheeled it out like a
fridge. Don't think a sledge hammer route will get you anything but
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