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Old 05-22-2009, 06:18 PM   #1
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New DIYer here, on the last room of a loooong renovation.
I have torn my bathroom down to the studs. My original plan was to sledge hammer out the old tub and install a new one. However, the room is 60 1/2 inches wide. Is there a way to get a 60 inch tub in there?
Seems like if I stand it on end there will not be enough room to lower it.

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Old 05-22-2009, 06:34 PM   #2
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hi and welcome to the forum.

this may help.

How to get the tub in the alcove?

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Hard to say not being there. If you are really nervous about it, build a mock up out of cardboard and try it out. It's amazing how you are able to maneuver around corners and openings with a tub.
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If the tub you have now is 60", then the new 60" tub will fit.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:21 AM   #5
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The existing tub is 60. I just don't understand how they got it in there. I wonder if it was prior to all the framing being in place.
Obviously if I stand it on end in place and try to lower it it will contact the walls before it makes it all the way down. I have thought of trying to hold it flat in the middle of the room and spinning it. With the sheetrock off maybe the corners will clear in that space.
I like the idea of making a mockup, I am just lazy.
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Old 05-23-2009, 07:55 AM   #6
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You install the tub after the framing is done, but before the wall material is up. The tub is brought into the room standing up. You place the tub, still standing, near the drain side and tilt it downward toward the opposite wall. As it's tilted, one person edges it to the drain side as the clearance increases on that side and one person carefully lowers it on the other side aiming the legs between the studs. Once it's down, slide it to the back of the wall.
This can be done by a single person if they have a sense of space, but for first timers, two people are better.
Do not get your fingers caught between the tub and the studs. Or drop the tub on your foot.
Cast iron tubs are a bit of a challange, acrylic tubs are a breeze.
Put something under the tub corner so you don't chip the porcelain.
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Thanks for the detailed reply, Ron. I did not want to bust the tub up until I was sure a new one would fit.
I did want to make it clear that while the drywall is off in the bath, it is still attached to the other side of the stud in the adjoining room.
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Thanks for the advice guys, it dropped right in there.
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You could have also considered a smaller walk in bathtub to free up more space in your bathroom. These types of tubs are extremely convenient in small places.

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