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Old 12-27-2011, 04:29 PM   #16
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The cabinet immediately on the other side of the wall is too small for access...I guess I will have to go ahead and remove the countertop so I can remove the first set of cabinets. We are planning to put down a new countertop anyway, but was hoping to have at least a partially usable bathroom until the new countertop is ready! Oh well!
Can you slide the top enough to release the small cabinet and take it out, then slide the top back in place for a while?

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Will the tub not come up without removing something else under it? Just wondering if I am needing access through the cabinet to remove the old one or put in the new one, or both!
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Can you slide the top enough to release the small cabinet and take it out, then slide the top back in place for a while?
Hmmm? That would be nice...will have to try!
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I don't see any other way to install the new drain without being able to get to it. Stabbing all that stuff using a cast tub isn't the answer.
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With very careful measurements--the drain set can be installed to the floor drain before the tub goes in.

Then the drain gasket would be positioned through the tub drain hole and the chrome drain trim installed.

It's done frequently when no easy access to the bottom of the tub is available.
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With very careful measurements--the drain set can be installed to the floor drain before the tub goes in.

Then the drain gasket would be positioned through the tub drain hole and the chrome drain trim installed.

It's done frequently when no easy access to the bottom of the tub is available.
True enough but for a first-timer using a cast iron tub I have my doubts. Putting those tubs in and taking them out again is no easy task and no fun. An access hole in the wall would be the way to go.
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I agree--an access is much easier--pro or first timer--It's no fun moving one of those back out of the hole---Mike---
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Here is the plan for the next couple of days...I go back to work tomorrow night and Thursday night then am off for the weekend so, tonight I will be trying to remove the corner cabinets without tearing them up so that I will have room to remove the countertop and backsplash. Friday morning, hopefully I can remove the countertop and figure out how to pull the cabinets out so that Friday evening, a buddy and I can start trying to install the new tub. Nothing will be quick since (1) I am working nights the next couple of nights and (2) we do not have a clue what the hell we are doing!

Reading the replies, I am thinking it is thought that a cast iron tub is going back in...it is not! We are buying one of the new lighter weight tubs, I cannot remember what it is made of.

Will a sledge hammer break apart this old tub?

Oh, Thanks to everyone here for the help! I tried this on another "DIY" site and everyones response was to call a professional! So much for DIY!
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Yes---thump the tub with many firm solid thuds--do not hit it hard!

A crack will start and then just hit the crack and it will grow.

Wear goggles and gloves--that tub is covered with a glass coating---nasty injuries happen to careless people--
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After a bunch of man handling, I got the tub out of the way...not out of the bathroom, but out of the way!

Here are a few pics of what I found under the tub...does my drain look like what everyone expected to see?

I guess now, my next job is to replace the three valve setup with a single valve setup. What is the easiest way to do this? I would rather not sweat copper if we do not have to...it would be great to use sharkbites, etc.

Also, does HD or Lowes sell the stuff I need to do it, or will I need a plumber supply store?








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Here are a few pics of what I found under the tub...
...and "The Check Is In The Mail".
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...and "The Check Is In The Mail".

OOPS! Pics have been added...
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I doubt a new tub is going to fit-up to what is there now, I would be really surprised if it did.

You are changing the valves because.........


Maybe I'm not up on my reading.
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I doubt a new tub is going to fit-up to what is there now, I would be really surprised if it did.

You are changing the valves because.........


Maybe I'm not up on my reading.
So you are saying this will be a big job to replace the tub?

Valves are being changed because they are original 1978 and have all been changed at least once and all leak, allow water to shower head when it is off, etc.
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So you are saying this will be a big job to replace the tub?
Depends on what one calls a "big job".

I would take out a little concrete and remove the waste and overflow and the drain pipe that is there now. Down below the overflow tube is more drain. Is there a basement, I don't remember the particulars.

This is why you cut the access hole in the wall, so now is the time to make use of it. Well not "right now" but when the tub is in place.

You can see where the floor has been patched-in. I would take all of that out.

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