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jennyfrank37

08:07AM | 09/26/03
Member Since: 09/25/03
3 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
Hi everyone,

I'm thinking of replacing an exsisting tub with a stand up shower. I know that I will have to replace the flooring under the tub, but where do I go from there? And more importantly, how do you remove a tub?

Thanks very much,
jennyfrank37

devildog

08:57AM | 09/26/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
Is this the only tub in the house? I ask because most people still like to buy a house that has at least one tub. You aren't doing away with the last tub in the house are you? If you are I don't like the idea!

What is your reasoning for doing this? More storage?

jennyfrank37

10:43AM | 09/26/03
Member Since: 09/25/03
3 lifetime posts
I have two full baths in the house...The one on the lower level (the guest bath) I'm leaving alone. The bathroom in question is on the 2nd level.....

The reason I'm thinking about taking out the tub and replacing with a shower is because this particular bathroom is exactly the size of a closet (I'm serious!) and isn't even large enough for the sink....The vanity is located just outside the bathroom. We noticed about a month ago that the ceiling in the lower level shower (the baths are right on top of each other)was "soft" and mildrew was starting to appear. Upon further inspection we noticed that the tiles upstairs were starting to "bulge", indicating that water was getting trapped behind. We realized that we needed to replace the drywall and re-tile both the floor and walls, and figured we would rip out the tub for a little more room. Any ideas?

plumber Tom

10:34AM | 09/27/03
Member Since: 05/10/03
801 lifetime posts
The size of the drainage piping must be redone in 2". Chances are you have 1-1/2" pipe there now. And like k2 mentioned you will have to conceal the new supply lines in the new wall. Good Luck! Think safety 1st in removing the old tub! Cast-iron can be smashed with a hand maul, but it breaks off in very sharp pieces, that you have to take care not to hurt yourself. I cut all my steel tubs in half with a sawzall.

[This message has been edited by plumber Tom (edited September 27, 2003).]

jennyfrank37

05:23AM | 09/29/03
Member Since: 09/25/03
3 lifetime posts
Thank you so much! My husband and I were working on it this weekend and he mentioned taking a sledgehammer to the tub as well...oh boy......

I think we're in pretty good shape now and know how to accomplish this. Thanks to everyone that took the time to reply to me. This was my first time on this site and it certainly was a good one. Thanks again!

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