It’s a common knowledge that during the overhaul we need to keep all the items of bathroom equipment away.
Now let’s discover how to remove a cast iron tub. This stage is considered to be one of the most labor-intensive. It also should be noted that the old bathtub removal is a very difficult activity.
As it was mentioned away before starting the cast iron tub removal, you should take all unnecessary items away. Of course, we mean not only such things as shelves and cabinets, but also about the plumbing. First of all, it is necessary to remove the bathroom sink, to dismantle the faucets, if you have a bathroom unit it will be required to remove also a toilet.
How to prepare a bathroom for cast iron tub removing
Of course, according to the specialists’ point of view first of all it would be better to take the door from its hinges. What for? The matter is that you can scratch it easily in the process of cast iron tub removal.
In any case, you can try to protect the door, covered it with a soft cloth.
New plastic pipes tend to be separated rather easily.
Generally, if you need to remove acrylic or steel bathtub, there are no any special problems, because this bathroom equipment is considered to be relatively lightweight. But you should be rather careful with cast iron tubs.
If after the repair you are going to install the same bathtub, it is recommended to be careful and to try not to damage or scratch its surface.
Features of removing cast iron tub
If you have a steel or acrylic bathtub there are no or rare problems during its removal, but the question of how to remove a cast iron tub is really very difficult, especially, if this tub has been installed decades ago.
If the bath is not attached to the bathroom wall or if the laying is unstable, the procedure is as follows:
- Cast iron siphon is cut off from the sewage system.
- Then you need to check the reliability of the mounting legs. And in the case of necessity to strengthen the weakened connection.
- You can now perform your basic tasks, which is to raise the bath to a vertical position and install it to the wall opposite the one on which you have already set your faucet.
- Now we need to catch the bath to the upper legs and to lean it against the wall. Ready? – After that it is a high time to hook a bath on the lower legs and to draw it away from the wall to the distance, which gives it stability.
- When lifting the bath in a vertical position you must be rather careful, as it can move along the slippery tiles and it will be impossible to catch.
- To reduce the risk of such an accident, put some non-skid pads under the edge of the bath. For example, you can take a rubber mat.