How to Remove a Bathtub?

When you’re looking to replace your old bathtub with a new one, there are many options available. A tub replacement may involve a few steps to be followed, but it should be a straightforward project. If you have the proper tools, you can remove a bathtub yourself. In order to do so, you’ll need to remove the surrounding walls and framing. Once the surrounding materials are removed, you’ll be able to install your new bathtub. 

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The first step is to turn off the water. You will also need to disconnect any mechanical attachments to the tub. This can be done using a screwdriver and a wrench. For a more secure, more effective removal, you can employ the services of a professional. 

Next, you’ll need to remove the drain flange. This is the part of the bathtub drain that is visible. To do this, you’ll need a tool that fits in the bathtub drain flange. After you have removed the drain flange, you’ll need to use a tool to remove the tub’s faucet. Use an adjustable wrench to loosen the locking nuts. 

Finally, you’ll need to remove the tiles from the tub’s surround. This will be easier to do if you have a drywall saw. However, if you have a plaster wall, you’ll need a reciprocating saw. It’s best to avoid cutting into studs, so try to be careful. 

To remove the tub’s apron, you’ll need a pry bar. Ensure you have protective equipment such as gloves and safety glasses. Before you begin, make sure you know the standard distance from the tub’s front edge to the top of the tub. This is important so you can position the bar between the floor and the front of the tub. 

Alternatively, if you’re removing a bathtub with synthetic surrounds, you’ll need a chisel. Using a chisel, you can chip away the tile along the tub’s perimeter. Be sure to remove the tile by a minimum of 6 inches from the edge of the tub. 

When you’re ready to remove the tub, be sure to clean up the dust. This will help to prevent any dust from irritating your eyes or irritating your respiratory system. Clean up any debris, including leftover tiles or drywall. Also, be sure to put plastic sheeting over any vents in your bathroom to prevent dust from spreading. 

Depending on your situation, you might also need to remove the plumbing and drain pipes. These may be accessible in your basement or garage, or you may have to cut a hole in the drywall. Generally, you’ll need to cut the drywall or pipes close to the bottom of the tub. 

For some people, it’s helpful to have a friend to assist with the removal. Lifting a heavy bathtub can be a difficult task. But, if you have two strong friends, you’ll be able to get the job done faster. Just make sure they’re wearing safety glasses and gloves, and be sure to shut off the power before you begin.