It was once really popular to use colored bathtub to match decor of the bathroom but this soon became a nuisance if you wanted to change the color of your bathroom or to update it. So, if you have one of these bathtubs and decide you want a change in color, you want a more modern tub or the current one is old and chipped, then it's time for you to change it out and get a new bathtub. This can be a pretty big project depending on how the bath is set up in your bathroom but if you want to tackle it as a part of your weekend bathroom remodeling project; here are some tips to get you going.
- Adjustable wrench
- Pry bar
- Measuring tape
In most cases bathtubs are set in a little alcove with 3 walls around it; if you're really lucky, all you will need to do is use a hammer and chisel to remove one or 2 rows of tiling around the tub, disconnect the piping to the tub and the tub drain with an adjustable wrench, and then pull the tub out from where it is, otherwise you will additionally have to use a saw to cut open the walls around the tub, then disconnect the piping, and then pull it out.
You might find that your bathroom is too small to lift the tub out from where it is, in which case you will have to cut through the wall opposite to the faucet and shower, and take the tub out of the bathroom through the hole. Regardless of which of these work for you, you will damage some of the tiles on the bathroom wall, so keep in mind that those will have to be replaced.
Pulling the bathtub out is not as easy as it sounds; sometimes the edge of the tub will rest on a ledger strip in the wall or there may be some clips holding the bathtub to the ledger strip you will need to release before you can move the tub. Pulling with your hands is not enough to move the tub, you will probably need to use a pry bar to pry the tub away from the wall.
Once the old tub is out, measure the size of the area so you have an idea of the size the new tub needs to be to fit, unless you are remodeling the entire bathroom to make a bigger tub fit. If the new tub is bigger, then you may have to do additional piping or adjusting to make the fixtures fit, however if it is the same size as the old tub, simply reverse the steps you used to remove the old tub.
TIPS AND WARNINGS
- Turn off the main water supply to your bathtub before attempting to remove it, to prevent any leaking or spraying accidents.
- Put down skids for the tubs to prevent damage to the floor.
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