Removing the tub isn’t as easy as it appears but. How do you get rid of the tub that was previously in use without doing any damage to your tiles? Do not use any heavy tools or placing additional pressure on the tub for instance. Be sure to cover the tiles to avoid gauging and scratching. If you can pull the tub out via the bathroom door and not break it, that’s great too.
Step 1: Measure
Start by measuring the length, width the length, width and the height of the old tub. You should ensure that you have the most wide points to avoid any issues. Measure the doorframe from bottom to top as well. It is crucial to measure the doorframe accurately to make it easy to remove.
The purpose is to determine whether the old tub can be removed without having for it to break. The need to break the tub down could be a hassle. It’s one thing, but it’s a huge clean-up task. In addition, those pieces may cause damage to the tiles of the bathroom flooring. Make sure you know if you’re able to take your old tub out immediately before undertaking any other work.
Step 2: Removing the Door
If the measurements you have chosen don’t work taking the door off could be your only alternative. Remove the door from the hinges with a screwdriver in case the tub is too large to fit. Be sure to place the door far enough away that it doesn’t get smashed during the process of moving.
Make sure to shut the hinges of the door frame prior to moving it forward. Make sure there aren’t any screws visible because they could hurt quite a bit if they fall on them. Now, the door will be set to be used for the tub.
Step 3: Clear Obstacles
If there is any obstructions, they’ll need to be eliminated. In smaller bathrooms, this might mean taking out the toilet to create more space to remove the tub. Moving around when carrying the tub around can be challenging and risky and therefore, make it easy on your own.
Step 4: Cover the Tiles
Spread a layer of cardboard on your tile in the bathroom. After the cardboard has been laid down equally, cover it with a plastic sheeting. Cover all corners and edges to ensure that it won’t move or rise up when you remove the tub.
Be sure that the covers aren’t in contact with the caulk on the bottom of your tub. It is necessary to take off the caulk, and the cover could block the tub or shift during the move.
Step 5: Shut Off the Water
With the protective layer installed, it’s now time to plan for the move of your tub. Begin by shutting the water off. After the water is off, remove the knob covers that cover both hot and cold water knobs. Be careful not to do this in order to prevent damage or breaking them.
After removing the knobs and the screwdriver inserted into the hole of the downspout. Turn the downspout while you go. Continue turning until the downspout comes off completely. Place this tool in a container if you are planning to sell the tub. Otherwise, throw it away after you dispose of the tub.
Step 6: Removing Pipe Components
After the downspout issue has been resolved now is the time to unbolt the components of the overflow. Unscrew the overflow pipe the cover for valves, as well as the waste catch. A pipe wrench is perfectly for this job.
Once you’ve removed all these elements, loosen the lock nuts. Be sure to hold the drainpipe securely by using an adjustable wrench as you go through this step.
Step 7: Cut Old Pipes
Next step would be cutting through the pipe that was used for overflow on the wall. A handsaw is ideal to do this, however an electric or battery powered saw will also work. Older pipes are generally constructed of more durable metals and require a cutting blade that is capable of cutting through them.
When you are working on projects like this you should use a metal-cutting blade made for iron, or casting blade that can be used for masonry pipes. They can cut through any type of old pipe with ease and with minimal strain and stress in the process.
Step 8: Unscrewing the Water Lines
The water lines must be pulled out of your faucets at this moment. Make use of a spanner and gently remove the water lines since we’ll need them in the tub that will be built.
For the pipes that are near the taps, you could make use of the circular saw if cannot remove them with the screwdriver. If you’re able to take the parts off manually, you should use that first because it is more secure and precise.
Step 9: Caulk Remover
We now need to address the caulk that is between the tub, the wall along with the floors. Apply a thin layer caulk remover for each one of the layers. Be sure to employ the caulk removal tool to remove the caulk on the downspout and faucet.
Follow the manufacturer’s directions as far as waiting time to allow the caulk to become soft. Once the required period duration has been reached, you can use the knife of a utility tool to cut the caulk. It is possible to scrape or peel some of the caulk which has softened away from the wall tub, or floor however, make sure the caulk is removed completely.
Step 10: Pry Up the Tub
All the pipes have been removed The original pipes were cut off and the caulk is gone and it’s time to lift the tub off. Remove the tub carefully from the floor, putting pieces of scrap wood under to keep it off the floor.
Then, carefully pull the tub off the wall, and then insert scrap pieces to prevent it from wall. The aim is to squeeze in enough pieces so that the space can be wide enough to accommodate your hand.
Step 11: Slide the Tub Away
This tub is waiting to move. Take a firm hold of the tub, then move off from wall. Take extra care to not scratch the plastic or cause it to slide off the wood scraps. You should keep the tub moving away from the way so that the walls do not cause problems when you are ready to completely remove it.
It’s recommended to install a carpet roller on either end and lock the wheels. It will stop the tub from rolling , and also give the tub an additional level that will give it stability till the tub has been taken away. Take the tub and lift it to the other end until it is able to rest against the floor roller. It is then easy to slide it across the doorway (if it’s suitable) as well as out of your home.
Step 12: Breaking Apart the Tub
If you’re breaking the tub to remove it the tub, there is a safe and secure method to do this. Put a tarp or a blanket on the top of the bathtub. Make sure to use an sledgehammer for breaking the bathtub into pieces.
Be sure to strike the sides so that you don’t hit the bathtub from below. The force could transfer to the flooring, breaking, chipping or otherwise breaking the tiles underneath. You then can take the fragments of the tub and dispose of them easily.
Does Removing a Bath Devalue Your Home?
In many contemporary homes, homeowners choose an open shower as opposed to traditional tub. While standup showers can be less cumbersome to use and also have an elegant look however, it’s not recommended to take the tub out.
Bathtubs are essential for families, specifically parents with small children. If you decide to take the bathtub from your house can reduce its value to your house over the long haul. If you are planning to sell the house in the near future, taking the tub out could be detrimental to your objective.