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hunterr1950

03:06AM | 03/22/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
I just found your site and hopefully someone can help us! I have a bathroom not only is the tub leaking but also the toilet. The flooring is rotted. Because of this – we are going to remove everything – tile on walls, floor, sink, put in new window, - you get the picture.

The tub is cast iron. My daughters and I are going to try to remove the bath tub by ourselves. I have asked many people (“other” Men in my neighborhood) on the easiest way and only get “laughs”.

After reading though the old postings - some say it is easy, others say it is hard. Can we use a zaw-saw (sorry don’t know the correct name – but have one) to cut so we can carry parts out of the room? Or cover the tub with an old blanket or rug and use a sledge hammer?

Please any suggestions would be helpful as we will be doing the removal in about 4 hours! I would love to get the tub out before my neighbors get home from work!

Linda

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Sylvan

06:12AM | 03/22/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Most of the time if the tub is cast iron it is easier to take a sledge hammer and break it up

CAUTION, DANGER, LOOK OUT, BEWARE

The enamel is like shrapnel and will cut you to pieces if your not wearing lots of protective clothing and eye protection.

If the tub is located on the same level as the street (no stairs) then taking it in one piece is the way to go.

My wife and daughter did remove a bath

tub that was cast iron in one piece and used 1" pipes as rollers and a rope to let it down a flight of stairs as they got tired of waiting for me to do it.

The saw all is only good to possibly cut out the waste connections but not to cut the tub to small pieces

Sometimes it may be cheaper and much easier to find someone to remove it who has compensation insurance and general liability just in case

hunterr1950

08:56AM | 03/22/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
Thank you SO much!! Yes, the bath is located on the ground floor. We have removed everything and getting ready to try the tub. I have many old furn blankets just in case we have to resort to doing the pieces, but will try getting it out in one piece.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Thanks Again!

Linda

hunterr1950

06:47PM | 03/23/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
I just want to thank you once again for your help. We finally were able to remove the tub (after 3 hrs.!) in one piece. Now I understand what you meant by having compensation insurance - both my back & my daughter’s back are killing. We used a furniture cart to lift it out of the enclosed area. Then had it on an old carpet to slide (push, pull) it out the door.

It was definitely worth all the pain to see the surprise look on my neighbor’s face when he saw the tub in my front yard tonight!

We are installing a whirlpool tub. My breaker box is currently filled. For the electrical hook-up would it be alright to disconnect my outdoor hot tub connection and use that slot (with new breaker and electrical wire) for the tub?

Thanks, Linda

Sylvan

09:21AM | 03/24/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Hi Linda, Congratulations (want a job?)

Do not forget a GFI if your playing with the electric and dedicated circuit

hunterr1950

01:38PM | 03/24/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
Already got the GFI. I think I figured out where I can hook the (tub) breaker into the breaker box.

Here is another question – I have one outlet on the right side of where the vanity will be stationed. I would like to add an extra outlet on the opposite side of the vanity. Is there any way of tapping into the current outlet and extending it over? Or what other suggestion do you have?

Thanks for the job offer – but I think Not. . I am seriously thinking about taking an electrical class at the local college so I won’t have to bother you guys with “stupid” questions. Playing with Electricity doesn’t scare me – which I know it should. I would much rather play with electricity than plumbing. At least you know immediately when you make a mistake.

Thanks for you help! Linda

Sylvan

10:03AM | 03/25/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1566 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Sorry I will bow out on giving electrical advice as I no longer use the NEC as I believe doing like the Col.

Do one thing and do it right

hunterr1950

04:39AM | 03/28/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
Thanks for all your help!! I finally figured out how to “string” the wiring but will find a electrician to actually hook it up to the breaker box.

Linda

hunterr1950

05:21AM | 03/31/07
Member Since: 03/21/07
6 lifetime posts
I am now ready to put the surround up. I’ve measured the distance behind the surround and then measure where I “think” the holes should be on the surround. Any easy way of making sure my measurements are correct to cut the holes for the shower head and faucet? I am scared to cut the holes and messing up!

Linda
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