As others have said, a heavy sledge hammer. Be aware the shrapnel
coming off that tub can be sharp and dangerous. Throw an old
blanket, paint tarp, bed sheet, or some such in the tub to slow
down flying debris.
I'm sure you will swing at this thing a time or two and swear it
isn't going to break. Have faith, when you hit it hard enough it
will shatter like a piece of glass.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
On Wed, 22 Aug 2007 18:51:57 -0400, Old Boat wrote:
We used to bust up cast iron pipe joints with a sledge. I suppose you
could do the same with a tub. Just wear eye and ear protection. Maybe even
a full face shield, hey a motorcycle helmet :) Once you get it to crack
should be easy enough to chip it away. Oh and watch your other ceramic
fixtures like your sink or toilet and mirrors/windows/light fixtures.
Others answered the break it up how question -- I'd simply point out if
it is by any chance an old claw foot or other really old one you might
want to check w/ the old-house rejuvenation folks as some of these are
now in demand and may have significant enough value to make the effort
of removing it rather than destroying it worthwhile. That's more likely
in larger metro areas, of course...
Thanks for the advice guys, I kind of figured that was what I had to do. No
never thought of a roto hammer. Will cover everything up and see what
happens. It is not a claw foot tub, just a narrow one that is standard
length that was avocado green. Its got to go.
All you guys wanting to break it up forget one thing...tubs are small
enough to go through any door (sideways), and with the help of friends
can be manhandled out and down steps to the curb. Check a tool rental
place for stuff that movers use on heavy objects in case the route
takes you past an oriental carpet.
A couple of months ago SWMBO and I did exactly that in our rehab
project. We elected to take the hulk to the recycle yard and with help
of our trusty car service jack, rolled it down the side walk and into
the pickup truck bed. IIRC, we got something like $15 for 258 lbs.
Could have made more, but it was only a 4 1/2 foot long tub. No fuss,
no muss, and much less work. HTH
True, but getting the tub OUT is nearly impossible.
Remember, the tub is put in place first and the house built around it.
Tile, molding, plumbing, door jambs, etc., have to be removed to get the
sucker out in one piece, so you have to destroy a bunch of stuff to salvage
that which will discarded.
I just did this last month-- took out a c.1957 cast iron 5' alcove
tub. It would have fit through the door easily, but we couldn't get it
free from the nailing flange and the floor without damaging the
framing, so I beat the hell out of it with a 25# sledge. It was
actually much harder to break than I expected...in the end I managed
to cave in the top of each side, then crack it down to the bottom. It
came out in three pieces: two ends w/half side attached, and the
bottom. Plus a LOT of shards. I hauled the whole mess to the local
scrap yard and they took it for free, which was much better than
paying to dump it.
I retiled and replaced the tub with a cheap steel Boatz from the Borg.
Of all the major projects we've done on our house, this was by far the
biggest bang for the buck. Wish I'd done it years ago.
Ya know, what works for some may not be the answer for others.
I tried with the sledge hammer, and it bounced back. So I quit for
a while, went to the Borg with the same question, was told by
three of the folks that a sledge hammer is the answer, just do
Then I checked with an "Old Timer". He said to do it with a pick,
showed his disdain for what is being offered now, and loaded me
a seriously old one for the price of replacing its handle.
First time I hit it with the pick, I knew he was absolutely right.
In less than 45 minutes, I had that tub reduced to pieces that
could go into a coffee can.
And hardly any effort. I just did an underhand swing, popped a
spot, next hit would be along one of the crack lines, and I would
never consider mentioning the use of anything but a pick.
The Old Timer's family knows that I want that pick.
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