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    Smile Remove an iron bath tub?

    What's the best way to remove an old iron bath tub? How many people does it take? The house is a ranch style built in 1954. The tub has been reglazed, but its scratched and coming off.

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    Default Re: Remove an iron bath tub?

    http://www.naturalhandyman.com/qa/qatubremoval.html
    If you are referring to a self-standing cast-iron tub, then there are at least 2 ways to do the removal job
    1)The messy lot`s of rubble and collateral damage method
    (ok if you are replacing the wall surrounding the tub)
    -stand in the middle of the tub and swing a large sledgehammer at
    tub walls
    2The refined demolition method
    Rent a CutOff Saw with a large circular fibrous blade
    see link for details
    Last edited by ALLINTHISTOGETHER; 02-11-2008 at 04:08 PM. Reason: error

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    Default Re: Remove an iron bath tub?

    Thank you, I didn't know it could be cut into pieces.

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    Default Re: Remove an iron bath tub?

    Use method #1.

    With a cut-off saw, you'll be at it for hours, and you can't get into corners, such as where the tub meets the floor. There's the added expense of renting the cutoff saw, exhaust fumes that will permeate the rest of the house, and cleanup will still take a while. You'll never see the pros use a cutoff saw for this purpose.

    With a sledge hammer, you can have the tub out & the mess cleaned up in an hour. Be sure to wear safety glasses and gloves, no matter how you remove the tub. Broken cast iron and shards of porcelain are as sharp as glass.
    HTH

    Dave

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    Default Re: Remove an iron bath tub?

    In addition to the goggles and sledge.....I'll suggest ear plugs, heavy gloves and ibuprofen for the resulting aches and pains of swingin' that sledge if you aren't used to it.

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    Default Re: Remove an iron bath tub?

    Quote Originally Posted by ****hiller View Post
    In addition to the goggles and sledge.....I'll suggest ear plugs, heavy gloves and ibuprofen for the resulting aches and pains of swingin' that sledge if you aren't used to it.
    Been there done it... What a chore!!!

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