In addition to what Bud and O'Mike said, I just did a master bath remod where I had to take out the soaking tub, tear out the deck and build a smaller one to make room for a larger shower I had to build also. There was a wooden skirt with an access panel on the front side. So I was able to disconnect the plumbing to the faucet and the drain. The tub was originally set with some mortar underneath, and the top of the tub was resting on top of the tile. My plumber buddy told me not to pry on the top edge, but to put a piece of wood underneath where the mortar didn't get to and gently pry up in a few spots. The tub popped off the mortar easily and I was able to lift it out with no damage. When we reset it, we mixed up a couple bags of mortar and set the tub in it.
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