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Old 03-05-2010, 10:22 PM   #1
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I am going to remove a cast iron tub and replace it with a shower pan. I plan to demo the tub with a sledge hammer. The sledge hammers I see for sale are 6, 8, and 10 pounds. Which would be the ideal size sledge for this project.

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Old 03-05-2010, 11:10 PM   #2
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I think a 10 pound would be the way to go. The 6 or 8 seems to light weight to get a good hit to demo a cast iron tub. Have you thought about getting some extra help and carry the tub out? I know they are heavy, I still have one in my house just thinking about when you are sledgeing away at the cast iron its going to be a ear ringer unless you have ear plugs in use. Oh and if you do use a sledge to bust that tub be darn sure to use safety glasses, or goggles or a face shield to keep small debris out of your eyes, and good gloves for sharp pieces.

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Old 03-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #3
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Might be easier to get one of those diamond embedded sawzall blades (made to cut cast iron) for 15 bucks and cut it in half and carry out in two pieces.

I've never demo'ed one of those before.

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Old 03-05-2010, 11:17 PM   #4
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Good idea to put an old blanket over it so shards do not fly around
Also be careful how hard you swing
Don't want to take the wall down that the tub is up against
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put on your big girl panties and get a 16 pounder...
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I keep a 20lb sledge on my truck for such situations.

I like the "big girl panties" comment. LMAO
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Yup, just get a full sized sledge hammer and beat it into managable size pieces - recently did this when doing the demo for my house remodel.

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You don't need a huge heavy sledge ---you want to start a crack,using a series of solid hits --
don't try to smash the tub with heavy blows --

Start thumping it with firm blows-NOT really hard ones! Once a crack starts,strike along the crack.

You can cause major damage to the house if you get brutal------------

Wear goggles and gloves---You are cracking a glass covered tub.Very thin glass.

Be careful and have fun.--Mike--
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My suggestion is to paint the name of your least favorite boss on the side of the tub, then video the destruction for immortal U-tube fame.
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You don't need a huge heavy sledge ---you want to start a crack,using a series of solid hits --
don't try to smash the tub with heavy blows --

Start thumping it with firm blows-NOT really hard ones! Once a crack starts,strike along the crack.

You can cause major damage to the house if you get brutal------------

Wear goggles and gloves---You are cracking a glass covered tub.Very thin glass.

Be careful and have fun.--Mike--
Agreed - it does not take hard smashing blows to do the job. A couple firm whacks crack it open, and then it goes relatively easy from there. Shards of the finish do fly, so eye protection is a must.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:14 PM   #11
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I ended up using a 10lb sledge. I was done with it in 15 minutes. I was surprised how easy this was to do. Thanks for all replies.
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:17 PM   #12
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It's great to see a project start with a simple question and to get the wrap up from the OP.

Good job - well done.

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