Is there any way of replacing my bathtub on the second floor of my house
without having to break thru the plaster ceiling on the floor below? I was
thinking that if I cut out the bathroom floor maybe that would help. I have
just taken out the plaster in my kitchen and replaced with drywall and found
out how hellish that was and don't want to repeat again. Thanks!
If you are talking about just replacing the bathtub, there should be
no need to touch either the floor of the bathroom or the ceiling
Bathtubs are held in place by two or three brackets screwed into the
studs of the long wall, and are connected to the waste underneath by
a drain that screws in.
You should be able to unscrew your tub at the drain using either a
special tool or a pair of large needle-nosed pliers. Since your
drywall and tile extend over the tub's flange, it's Likely you'll have
to remove tile and drywall to get the old tub out and the new one in.
(Generally, I remove all the tile and drywall on the three sides of
the tub and replace with green board or better.)
If you have to modify or move the drain for the new tub, you can do
it by removing flooring. Only if there are leaks or a really
difficult situation would you have to open up the ceiling below.
Neither is a big thing, if that helps.
Unless your set up is something unique, I don't see why you would have to
tear out the first floor ceiling. If you can access the tub through the 2nd
floor wall you should be fine. The drain might pose a small problem,
depending on the type of tub you have and you may find the floor needs
replacing once you get it out, but other than that....
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