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Yanks4383 11-29-2008 12:43 AM

Removing Bath tub
I have recently purchased a home and found that I have a crack in the bottom of my bathtub. I had checked in hopes of placing a tub over the existing one but am concerned with the condition of the subflooring beneath the tub as i do not know how long it has been getting wet for.
My problem is attempting to remove the old tub as I don't think it will fit through the bathroom door to take it out. any suggestions?

buletbob 11-29-2008 04:52 AM

tubs are usually around 14"-16" high, so if you remove the tub and stand it up it will go through the door. that is the way they are brought into the room. unless its a one piece tub and wall unit. BOB.

majakdragon 11-29-2008 08:35 AM

If the tub is cracked, having Bathfitters install a liner will not help since the liner would probably crack also. This is a structural problem, and probably caused by an acrylic tub with no mortarbed under it. As stated, after the tub is removed from where it currently sets, turn it on it's side to get through the door.The usual problem is sliding the new tub into the existing space due to being a tight fit.

Sammy 11-29-2008 09:18 AM

Depending on the crack, you may be able to have it repaired.

I had one repaired once on the floor of a tub and it turned out great.
Color matched and they also did anti skid.

They also had the capability of foaming under the tub to increase support if needed.

Whole thing only ran a couple of hundred bucks and was done in a few hours.

If you can get a peek under your tub from an access panel and verify that there is no rot/mold this may may be a good option.

gorf 12-04-2008 04:49 PM

what is the tub made of? If it is fiberglass a sawsall works real well ;-)
I had a one piece tub/shower and just cut it into three pieces and came out with no problem...

rossl56 12-13-2008 12:29 PM

How well do these liners hold up? Assuming the crack is NOT an issue.

majakdragon 12-13-2008 12:57 PM

Rossl56. After having one of these liners installed, you need to be careful what type cleaners you use and any abuse the surface may take. Since each of these businesses is privately owned and operated, a lot depends on the installers attention to detail. I have heard many problems with the drain area leaking. After paying $500 for a tub or $1000 plus for a tub and shower surround, I would not want to have these worries. The only reason for having this process, to me, is the lack of construction being done in the home.

Michael Wilkes 12-18-2008 01:27 PM

Break it up
If it's an old metal/ceramic tub, a few good thwacks with a sledgehammer will break it into pieces. I had the same problem a few years back and I just broke it into pieces... took about 5 minutes.

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