Maybe this is, but I do not know the answer to it.
In order to remove a bathtub to replace it, you have to undo the drain. Now
can you do that somehow from inside the tub, or do you have to go through
from the ceiling below it. How the heck do you get at the fittings without
doing that? The tub goes righ to the floor at t he front and there is not
enough room at the back to do anything....
Years ago, plumbing was easily accessed from a panel in the room next to the
bathroom. Usually a framed in door of some sort. However, if you are
building a $300,000 house today, you have to cut corners and not spend that
extra $20 in trim work so it is just sheetrocked over. It is probably
easiest to cut a hole in the wall and then frame it out with a simple
removable access panel.
If you absolutely cannot make an access door thru the wall in the
adjoining room, then it is "possible" to undo the drain from
inside the tub.
Remove the trip lever/overflow faceplate.
Unscrew the drain fitting in the bottom of the tub.
How you do this depends on how the mfr made it.
If it has crosshairs, there is a tool to fit or you
Some mfr had 2 grooves in the side of the fitting.
Make tool to fit.
The drain fitting is probably very tightly screwed in
to the tub shoe (underneath) or is corroded in place.
Making all those surafces seal again to the new tub
will be a challenge too.
Of course, you can always cut the ceiling out.....
You do not need to access the plumbing from underneath. Unscrew the
tub drain with a drain tool. Remove the overflow trip lever plate
or overflow plate with a screw driver and take out the tub.
Same way you put it in.
You MIGHT be able to remove the old drain from inside the tub if it is
not too corroded. Its near impossible to put in the new one that way.
Id just make an access panel and eliminate the frustration.
On Sun, 06 Feb 2005 05:18:36 GMT, Robert Allison
Near impossible! Wow, I am doing a lot better than I thought. I
just did two tubs that way last week. It seemed to be pretty easy.
I did have to lift one of the tubs up to get my cell phone out
from under it as it fell out of my pocket while setting the tub in
place, but other than that, there were no major problems. What kind
of problems could you have with this installation?
Now I will agree that if the rough plumbing has not been set
correctly, you could have hell, but since we are talking about
removing and replacing, it would seem that those types of problems
would have already been corrected.
Maybe I am wrong...perhaps I am just that good...and I'm not even a
LOL!:~) See, the reason you are so good is precisely because you
aren't a plumber!
When building a house once, we made the mistake of hiring a licensed,
master plumber to do the rough in. It was rough indeed. And he charged
full price. Not only did he have the hot and cold sides switched on
the water heater location, he also got the toilet too close to the
bathtub. This was a slab foundation. After paying him full price for
this kind of messed up job, he would not come back out to fix his
mistakes. So we had to rent a jackhammer to break out the concrete
around the toilet drain and move it where it should have been to begin
Don't get me started about plumbers. Seems most think their
professional license is instead a license to steal.
(Remove the Primes before e-mailing me)
I just did this procedure. Didn't have the right tool to uncrew the
saddle from the drain. So... A pro took a cold chisel and went to work.
If you don't care about using the tub again a cold chisel is the tool.
Note: this follows the "bigger hammer" rule of home and auto repair.
Did this job last week. Tried to unscrew drain as it went in; it simply
broke off the pipe leading to the bottom of the drain when turned. Ended up
having to painstakingly cut it out with a dremel disk cutter. YMMV.
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