How to Remove a Clawfoot Bathtub

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What You'll Need
Drop cloth
Basket wrench
Socket wrench
Sledge hammer
Safety goggles

A clawfoot bathtub is a classic fixture; however, these beautiful tubs must sometimes be removed. Removing a clawfoot bathtub is a physical job, but it can be easily accomplished with the right tools and knowledge. Read this article to learn to remove your tub effectively and efficiently.

Step 1 - Close the Water Supply

Shut the water off by locating the water shut off valve and turning it all the way off. Turning the faucet to see if any water flows. If not, you are good to move on to the next step.

Step 2 - Remove Drain Gate

To remove the drain, first remove the drain gate that is located on top of the drain. Do so by removing the screws that hold it into place using your screwdriver. It may be necessary to pry the cap with a screwdriver. With older tubs, it is sometimes necessary to do so because it has become attached to the drain.

Step 3 - Remove the Drain

Insert the large end of the basket wrench into the drain. Use a socket wrench to remove the drain by turning loose. Then safely and effectively remove the drain from the tub.

Step 4 - Safety First

Now it's time to start breaking the tub a part. Use a drop cloth to cover the area where you are working. Protect yourself with safety goggles and work gloves.

Step 5 - Break It Up

Use your sledge hammer to pound on the tub. Strike until the tub starts to break into pieces. Continue until you have broken the tub into pieces that are easy to remove and dispose.

Step 6 - Clean Up

Remove the smashed sections of the tub and dispose of them properly into a dumpster.

Whether you are removing your clawfoot bathtub to replace it with a new unit of the same stature, or you are replacing it with a completely new tub, half of the hard work is over.