Need to remove a bathtub? No problem. Be it cast iron, fiberglass, or metal follow these steps to success:
1 – Disconnect Plumbing
The bathtub is connected to the plumbing at the drain and overflow. Disconnect the overflow using a screw driver.
Unscrew the drain flange using a needle nose pliers.
2 – Cover Drain
Cover the drain with tape to prevent debris from falling into drain pipe.
3 – Expose Tub Flange
Remove the lower row of tiles to expose the bathtub flange. Here I’ve broken out the tiles using a 5 lb sledge. Next remove any fasteners holding the flange to the wall studs. This tub was secured with only two nails through the flange.
4 – Remove Tub
At this point, if the tub cannot be lifted out it can be cut out. A metal or fiberglass tub can be cut out with a metal blade on a reciprocating saw. A cast iron tub can be broken into pieces with a sledge hammer.
If your removing a metal bathtub a hand-truck makes easy work of hauling it out.
5 – Plug Drain
Lastly be sure to plug any openings in the drain pipe to prevent sewer gas from leaking into the house.
Congratulations, you did it. 🙂
See me remove mine here: