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Old 01-30-2008, 05:53 PM   #1
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Cast Iron Tub Removal?


How do you guys get cast iron tubs out? How do you cut them? I run into quite a few of them. I've tried a bunch of different ways. Sawzall, forget the teeth, grinder I am always afraid of the sparks setting a fire. So I usually sledge hammer them in half and carry half out at a time. I thought about keeping them whole, but it seems difficult to manuver, esspecially if I am by myself.


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Old 01-30-2008, 05:55 PM   #2
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drop cloth and a sledge.
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I cut the waste connection and the guys we use for demo work haul it away, they scrap the iron and the brass.
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Wish I had a brilliant answer but the sledge hammer works well for me.
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I Save them, refinish them and resell them for 1500 - 2500 they are really popular here
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I Save them, refinish them and resell them for 1500 - 2500 they are really popular here
If it is a two sided tub, or a clawfoot we save it, and pay an electro-glazer to strip and refinish it.
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My old man was a plumbing contractor and my summers were spent either running a trencher all day or busting out tubs with a sledge.

Mover's blankets, sledge hammer, a long sleeved hoodie, gloves and goggles are the tools of the trade. Be careful though, the enamel is razor-sharp and flys like bullets.

The problem with reusing them is that they don't fit back out through the doorway so removing a jamb, casing and trimmer just to salvage the tub isn't always practical.

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My old man was a plumbing contractor and my summers were spent either running a trencher all day or busting out tubs with a sledge.

Mover's blankets, sledge hammer, a long sleeved hoodie, gloves and goggles are the tools of the trade. Be careful though, the enamel is razor-sharp and flys like bullets.

The problem with reusing them is that they don't fit back out through the doorway so removing a jamb, casing and trimmer just to salvage the tub isn't always practical.

It is if you get 1500-2500 for it
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Reglazed, or razed (i.e. 12lb hammer).
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It is if you get 1500-2500 for it
Yeah, as long as the HO doesn't mind the otherwise pointless removal and reframing/hanging of their door. Maybe for a cut of the action?
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Yeah, as long as the HO doesn't mind the otherwise pointless removal and reframing/hanging of their door. Maybe for a cut of the action?

They wouldn't know
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Yeah, as long as the HO doesn't mind the otherwise pointless removal and reframing/hanging of their door. Maybe for a cut of the action?
you know if you turn it on it's side it will fit through the door, right????...A tub is only 14" deep....By the way, the only tub someone in so cal would pay 2500 for is a clawfoot or a nice whirlpool. I can go to Plumber's warehouse and buy a new Kohler cast iron skirt tub for under $350.
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Wow, someone here doesn't know how a search engine works...
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We had a customer who wanted to remove the claw foot tub himself. He said his brother wanted it and they would take care of removing it. No arguments from me.

A few days later when he called to say the job was ready, he said there would be some siding and sheetrock repairs to add to my work. He and his brother tried to slide the tub down the carpeted steps upside down. The rope broke.
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Here's the secret.

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1 - Remove drain and overflow

2 - Sledge around perimeter of valley inside tub. You will be able to break completely thru with minimal effort.

3 - Whack and crack corners of tub walls. (Inside tub)

4 - Next whack and crack all 4 corners by hitting down on top rails at the corners.

5 - This will give you 5 manageable pieces one man can easily manage. The piece with skirt and front interior wall of the tub is hard for some to carry. If necessary break in half by whacking center of skirt, then center interior tub wall, and finally one good crack center top rail.

You will wind up with 5 -6 nice chunks of iron, 10 - 15 lbs. of chunks and bits, 1/2 dustpan full of really sharp shards of porcelain.

This is a 30 -60 minute job. All moaning, groaning, and catching your wind breaks included.
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yup sled o matic! doing one tomorrow and luckliy I get to bust it up and NOT carry the pieces to the dumpster!
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Thanks guys for the replies, Didn't know if there was some new high tech way or something. Yup I have always used a sledge as well and I guess always will


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Thanks guys for the replies, Didn't know if there was some new high tech way or something. Yup I have always used a sledge as well and I guess always will



Yup, I searched didn't really find anything on the topic, but thanks for the tip


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