A corner bathtub not only looks good, but it also increases the space in the room. If you already have a corner bathtub, you know all the advantages it offers. Eventually, you’ll need to replace it. It can be a big job; it’s more complex than replacing an ordinary bathtub. Any bathtub replacement is difficult, but a corner bathtub offers extra challenges. Follow these steps to remove a corner bathtub.
Step 1 - Preparation
You can’t install the new corner bathtub until you’ve taken out the old unit. Begin by turning off the water at the house mains. Run the faucets in the tub until they are dry. Allow the water to drain. Remove the side from the tub, which will let you access the water pipes.
Step 2 - Drain
Remove the drain cover using a drain wrench. Insert the 2 legs into the drain, grip, and turn to unscrew until you’ve removed it. Use a basin wrench or even an adjustable wrench to remove the nut holding the drain on the tub.
Step 3 - Faucets
Remove the bathtub faucets from the tub. Doing so will require going under the tub and using the basin wrench to loosen the nuts until you can work the faucets free. At the same time, you should loosen the bolt that holds the corner bathtub overflow cover in place. At this point, there should be no more fixtures attached to the tub.
Step 4 - Tub Surround
In most instances, the corner bathtub will have tiles around it. Start by removing the silicone that forms a seal between the corner bathtub and the wall with a utility knife. You’ll then need to remove the tiles right above the tub to reveal the bathtub lip underneath. Work gently with a chisel and hammer to remove them. The tub will probably be held onto the wall with some type of fasteners or clips. You’ll need to loosen or remove these in order to carry on with the removal of the bathtub.
Step 5 - Removing the Tub
Use scrap wood for protection. Use a pry bar under the tub to gradually and slowly start pulling it out. Be prepared to take some time over this and wear gloves to protect your hands. It will be very helpful if you have someone to help you with this, as a corner bathtub will most likely be too heavy for a single person to move.
Have a piece of 3/4-inch board on the floor by the tub and move the tub so that you can use the board to slide the tub out of the way more easily and save the bathroom floor from scratches. Take the old corner bathtub out of the bathroom and give yourself more room to work.
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