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Lefty Lucy 04-23-2007 10:06 PM

moving a cast iron tub
350lb. tub into a small bathroom. What are some of the maneuvering tricks? I guess it needs to go in with one end up and then dropped down. Any dolly or jack or come-a-long tricks?

handy man88 04-24-2007 06:47 AM

Engine crane?

Ron The Plumber 04-24-2007 07:43 AM

You have to slide it in, as if it was set, there is no other way.

handy man88 04-24-2007 08:20 AM

Worse case, you may have to remove all existing fixtures (ie. sink, toilet, etc.), assuming your basement is already finished and you're just replacing the tub.

Mike Swearingen 04-24-2007 07:25 PM

I've seen them blocked up on a 4-wheel square wooden dolly at the center of the tub, and rolled around like that.
You also can use an automotive floor jack to raise and lower them (use a wooden block between the jack and the tub).

Lefty Lucy 04-25-2007 08:25 PM

Floor Jack! I've got one and didn't even think of it. I know that's going to help a lot. Thanks Mike.:thumbup:

Anything else, anyone?

Mike Finley 04-25-2007 09:09 PM

What exactly are the conditions of the job site? With a cast iron tub that weighs in excess of 300 lbs if you have clear access to the rough in space the tub is going you can easily slide it into position by giving it a push on one end, then the other and keep repeating until you have it in place.

Now if you don't have clear access and you need to shoe horn it in by standing it up and getting one end in first, that's another story!:huh:

Lefty Lucy 04-26-2007 11:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Mike Finley (Post 42374)
...Now if you don't have clear access and you need to shoe horn it in by standing it up and getting one end in first, that's another story!:huh:

:thumbsup: That's it, like I said, the other story. I want to leave the drywall in front of the tub. The bottom part of the stud where the tub brace goes is cut out so that the tub can be stood on end and lowered between the studs that a tile surround will be built on. Here's the old tub coming out.

Mike Finley 04-28-2007 09:30 AM

There is nothing stopping you from putting in the new tub exactly as the old tub came out.

You just need lots of muscles, need to be very careful with the edges and not chipping it. Keep your toes out of the way!:eek:

NateHanson 04-28-2007 12:32 PM

That's exactly what I had to do when I remodeled our bathroom last year. It was not easy at all, but the stud space in the open wall at either end of the tub were critical for having enough room to tilt it down into place from standing on it's end.

We had 3 people and it was doable. Use straps to hold onto it while lowering, so you don't catch a finger between the edge of the tub and a stud, plumbing fixtures, etc. That could be ugly.

Personally I'd take that toilet out first. Takes 5 minutes, and gives you a lot more space. And of course remove the door.

When removing a cast iron tub I'd hit it a couple times with a sledge-hammer, so I can carry out five 60 pound pieces, rather than one 300 pound piece. Assuming it's going into a dumpster.

Good luck!

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