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Reinstall and Remove Bathtubs

Updated:2013-12-12 10:57:44
Removing an old bathtub is a difficult and challenging job. Along with getting the tub itself out, you will usually need to refinish the walls surrounding the tub as well, since they will be damaged during the removal. Once you've removed your old bathtub, you have to reinstall the new bathtub in the reverse procedure that you took it out. It would be best if you but a replacement bathtub that is close to the same size as the old one.

Instructions as follows:

                                                        

Firstly, turn off the water supply of your home. Remove the access panel in the limestone wall to expose the water pipes.
Secondly, disconnect the bathtub drain with a large adjustable wrench. Take out the bathtub drain. Then remove the hot and cold water faucets.
Thirdly, take off the tiles surrounding the bathtub. Break off one row of tiles above the bathtub with a hammer and chisel.
Fourthly, pry the tub away from the wall gently with a pry bar. Insert a piece of scrap wood between the tub and the wall to protect the wall.
Fifthly, move the bathtub away from the limestone tile wall. Put some pieces of plywood on the floor so the bathtub will slide out easier and won't damage the floor when you move it out. Ask a friend to help you move the tub.
Sixthly, patch the old wall surface or install a new surface. Put up cement backerboard around the bathtub area.
Seventhly, put wood skids in position on the floor where the new tub will be installed. Ask a friend to help you pick up the new tub and move it into place. Line up the tub with the water supply and drain pipes.
Eighthly, lay a carpenter's level on the side of the tub and check that it's level. If it's not level, insert shingle shims under the bottom of the bathtub to level it.

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