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Old 04-27-2019, 05:31 PM  
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Sunken Tub Removal


Ok I am tasked with removing this tub. It is on first floor drywalled ceiling in basement bathroom below tub. I am also removing the tile and raised framing deck. I am guessing 400 lbs.

Slede o matic is my go to with alcove cast iron which I believe this tub is also cast iron.

Disconnect drain, remove floor tiles, and use some pry bars to get it out of hole prior then bashing it up.

Concern about bashing it in place is damage to ceiling below which I warned them about.

I have 3 guys plus me and a bunch of pry bars including 8' long thick hex one.

Anyone for bashing it in place?
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Old 04-27-2019, 06:31 PM  
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Depends. If it's going to be on TV, go for it.

Otherwise, I'd pull it first. Especially with that much manpower available.

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I would be inclined to remove it one piece. 4 guys, levers, blocks. Post it on craig with a pic and you might get lucky unloading it for a $100. Or drop it off at a Restore.

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Old 04-27-2019, 08:48 PM  
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Cover it with moving blankets first, if you plan on busting it out.


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My advice is to figure out the order in which it was installed, and just reverse the order. Unless it's a cast iron tub, leave the sledge out of the mix.
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Bust it up, it will take less than 1hr to get that out by yourself, start with the sides and work your way down unless you want to sit there and play with it and at the end you end up doing the same thing.

You can also use Cast Iron cutting reciprocating saw blade but it will take longer.

That says, even if you cause a disturbance to the ceiling below all you will have is a few nails-pops which is nothing to touch it up.
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Pull the over flow, verify it's cast iron.

4 guys, disconnect drain, see if you can wedge it up off the deck with shims at the rim edge, if not it's probably mortared in place.

If you can wedge to up 4 guys should be able to carry it out, if not, score with grinder, cover, break, remove.

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Verify it's cast, pry it out. see if you can carry it out. You have enough labor there to do it unless they're really useless. Why risk making more work for yourself? At most there was four guys to carry that sucker in so it could come out the same way.
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Pull the over flow, verify it's cast iron.

4 guys, disconnect drain, see if you can wedge it up off the deck with shims at the rim edge, if not it's probably mortared in place.

If you can wedge to up 4 guys should be able to carry it out, if not, score with grinder, cover, break, remove.

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with 4 guys that is the easiest way
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Thinking about it, a magnet will verify metal, pulling the overflow will verify cast or stamped.

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Thinking about it, a magnet will verify metal, pulling the overflow will verify cast or stamped.

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Won't be real heavy since there is no apron, looks like a early 90s kohler
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I will be there couple days prior to demo to put down ramboard, hepa scrubbers, magnetic door set up etc... my plan is to pull overflow and drain shoe and check if cast iron, pretty sure it is and then see if I can use my burke bar to see if I can move it a little. Planning on using shims to support rim and then pull it out.

I think it is the Kohler tub which shouldn't be terribly heavy but sucks being sunkened to get it out of the hole.

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man , i`ve hit them before with a sledge hammer , and it bounces off if you don`t hit it just right .
then it shatters like glass if it gets hit hard , and right .

grinder works great , just dusty / dirty.
it might be sitting in a bed of cement , and that might be mended to it.

i`d break a hole in the deck , and see whats under first
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man , i`ve hit them before with a sledge hammer , and it bounces off if you don`t hit it just right .
then it shatters like glass if it gets hit hard , and right .

grinder works great , just dusty / dirty.
it might be sitting in a bed of cement , and that might be mended to it.

i`d break a hole in the deck , and see whats under first
Good point on the cement, I've bedded them in mortar
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Came out nice in one piece and carried to dumpster, about 400 lbs give or take. Hardest part was getting it out of hole, rotated it on side and then carried to garage laid it back up right and carried 4 corners to dumpster.

No mortar under it, plywood sub base under tub.


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Came out nice in one piece and carried to dumpster, about 400 lbs give or take. Hardest part was getting it out of hole, rotated it on side and then carried to garage laid it back up right and carried 4 corners to dumpster.

No mortar under it, plywood sub base under tub.

NICE!

Reverse engineering things when possible is the best. If you would have broken that thing up, you'd probably still be there vacuuming all the pieces out of the carpeting everywhere you all stepped all day. When you have to bust those things up it's just a bad mess, but sometimes there are no options. Glad to hear it came out fine.

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