How to Remove a Bathtub SAFELY!! (Step-by-Step) — by Home Repair Tutor



So I’m still working on this 100-year old
bathroom. We’re doing a complete DIY bathroom remodel,
and Steve came over and installed this brand new Kohler Archer bathtub. How did we get to this point, right? There was obviously a tub here before this
was installed. So today I’m going to show you how to remove
an old bathtub including the fiber glass surround. It was a total mess, just a total mess. You’ll see in today’s video. And I’ve got a great power tool giveaway
for you in the end, so don’t miss out on that. You’re going to learn a whole bunch of great
skills and get an opportunity to randomly win this awesome power tool, which is right
around the corner here. So you don’t want to miss out on that. Let’s dive into the video right now. I’m placing some duct tape over the drain
so that the debris doesn’t fall down into it. Just made sense to me. The next step is to turn the water off in
the house. So in this case, the shutoff valve was in
the basement. Just turning it completely to the right or
clockwise and then draining all of the water out of the home system. I did this in the kitchen. You can also do it in the laundry tub. Turn the electricity off in the bathroom. Then remove the shower curtain. Fun times! And the shower head. Now if you are keeping the shower head, you
can place a cloth or rag over it and just unscrew it with channel locks or some type
of pliers. And that’s what I’m doing here. I’m not going to keep the shower arm, so
I’m just removing that with the channel locks, turning it counterclockwise. This is a three-stem setup, so I’m taking
the screw out of the handles and then removing the handles off the stem and remove the handle
body. Now here’s the stem. You want to turn that counterclockwise using
some channel locks or pliers. Just as a side note, if you have a leak in
your tub or your shower, this is most likely the culprit if you have a similar setup. So as you can see here, it didn’t take all
that much time to do that. And then spinning off the tub spout. That gunk you see is plumber’s putty, which
is pretty nasty, especially like after 15 years. Now here’s the tub surround. Here’s what it looks like. And you definitely want a respirator and some
safety glasses when you do this, especially if you’re cutting through fiber glass. So I just took a wonder bar or super bar and
wedged it between the wall and that surround, which is just Marlite, actually. And then I cut the remaining portion with
my Sawzall and just the demo blade. And you want to do this in all the corners,
and cut any of the silicone that is holding that to the remaining portion of the tub surround. And then pull it off the wall. So having a Sawzall makes this super easy. And then in this case, there was drywall and
all sorts of crazy stuff behind the wall and the framing, so I had to remove that. And if you have plaster, like I have plaster
in this bathroom, there’s really no other way to do it than just pound it off the lathe. There’s wood lathe here. You can see this is what it looks like after
I removed all the plaster. And then the front and back walls, I basically
did the exact same thing I did for the main wall. Cut the silicone. Wedge my super bar between it. Make sure if you’re pounding through wall,
you don’t pound through the secondary wall if you’re going to keep that. So I just did this for the front and the back
wall. Cut the silicone. Tore off all the fiber glass surround. So again I just had some plaster over here,
and they patched together some drywall for whatever reason behind that as well. So in this case what I wanted to do is remove
all the plumbing. I’m using my favorite tool for this, which
is my Autocut tool. You just clamp it onto the copper pipes and
cut away. And I placed some shark bite fittings onto
the copper pipes while I had to take a break, and this shut off the water to the house. And to make life easy, I’m going to remove
this waste overflow pipe on this side of the tub. That way this will pull out, and I can just
simply remove it. So what I’m going to do is cut the nail
for this ledger board on this side and then just cut the ledger board on this side. Just cut it out. Or not. Maybe I can just pull this out. Yeah. Now I’m just going to cut this 2×4 right
here. I’m going to cut it down here, actually. Oh, let’s see what they did. So they actually nailed the tub to this metal
bracket here, which then was attached to this stud, to this piece of framing. Here is one of the issues why I was not completely
sold on keeping this tub. This piece of rubber here, this is what was
keeping all the moisture from flowing behind the tub and down into the framing. As you can see, it’s a terrible setup. I’m sure 15-16 years ago it was fine. But now it doesn’t look so good. What I can do is just lift up the tub, pull
out of the waste pipe, I think. All right. Solve that. So as you can see, this tub is connected to
this metal bracket here. I’m just going to break it off by twisting
the tub. You know, I completely forgot. The tub is actually still connected to the
drain, so I have to undo that. It’s hard to see but there’s a nut here
connecting the tub drain to the drain that is in the house. So al you have to do is this little nut right
here, you just have to loosen it, pull the tub out, and that’s all there really is
to it. You just simply pull it out of the space. Because this is a whirlpool tub, I had an
electrical line going to it. So I cut that electrical line out of course
after turning the electricity off to the house. And I capped them. So we’ll have to move this down into a junction
box or an electrical box to make sure we’re the code. This is just a side note: Never ever try to
salvage old plumbing parts. This looks terrible. All the plumbing parts look terrible. Just buy brand new. So now I’m going to take this tub down to
the street. This should be interesting. It’s tight up here. Probably not a bad idea to get a friend to
help you. Mission accomplished. All right. This is what we’re left with. Ugh! One thing I want to point out is there’s
a P trap here, and that’s great. If you have a P trap, awesome. If you have a drum trap, you may want to replace
that with a P trap. The important part about the P trap, especially
when you remove your tub, if you’re not installing your tub on the same day, is make
sure that it’s full of water. Otherwise, sewer gas will come up through
and create a disgusting smell in your bathroom and the rest of your house. So make sure that this P trap is full of water. All right. So now you know how to remove an old bathtub
and the fiber glass surround. Now for the surprise tool giveaway. Now I hope you got some great tips today,
but the surprise tool giveaway will help you out with your project for sure. So what is it? Well it’s Milwaukee’s brand new M18 Fuel
Sawzall kit. You know in this bathroom remodel, I have
tools everywhere. I got my camera, I got corded lights, corded
compressors, corded Sawzalls. Going cordless in a tight space can really
help you out. So that’s why I’m going to be using Milwaukee’s
brand new M18 Fuel Sawzall, and we’re going to be giving away one to a random lucky winner
here on YouTube. So why is this a great tool? It’s a great tool because it cuts faster
than corded Sawzalls. It has up to 2x more run time than other Sawzalls,
and up to 5x longer tool life than other Sawzalls, which is great because when you buy one you
don’t want to be replacing it anytime soon, right? So we’re going to be giving away one of
these. How do you enter into the giveaway? Well down in the comments, tell me what project
you’re working on and why you need the M18 Fuel Milwaukee Sawzall kit. It’s really that simple. So I want to say thank you to Milwaukee for
sending this to us and for sending one to a random lucky winner that will be picked
via the comments here on YouTube. So that is it for today. I hope you liked the video. If you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel and
you want professional looking results with your tile or your tub installation, I know
you’d really like Bathroom Repair Tutor. So check out BathroomRepairTutor.com. But I’ll see you down in the comments. Take care. We’ll talk to you soon.

43 Comments

  • Gerald Sanders

    April 14, 2019

    I am working on a tub to shower conversion. The new saw will really come in handy. [email protected]

    Reply
  • Patrick Spayde

    April 14, 2019

    Great tips. Removing a Jacuzzi tub and replacing it with a walk in shower.

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  • Glen Douglass

    April 14, 2019

    I need the saw I'm working on a tub removal project it will be great for me to have that tool.

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  • Steven Mccord

    April 14, 2019

    Removing 66 yr old tub

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  • Donald Mcgrath

    April 14, 2019

    Removing our bath to put a shower cubicle in

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  • Teryl Scott

    April 14, 2019

    taken out old cast iron tub to fix pipes and flooring and then putting tub back in place. Thanks for your tips.

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  • Maria Johnson

    April 14, 2019

    Oops saw 5hat you already gave it away. Oh well.

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  • Maria Johnson

    April 14, 2019

    Remodeling two bathrooms. Removing a Jetted tub to put a shower only, and finishing a shower in the other bathroom

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  • Michelle Frizzelle

    April 14, 2019

    Hi. I really liked your video. You were detailed even in such a short video. It was to the point, and I liked the way you did it yourself. I'm going to be replacing mine, cause everything in nearly thirty years old in my home and my tub now how a crack in the fiberglass. I've got to get a cordless for sure. Thanks.

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  • Eileen Greenawalt

    April 14, 2019

    I am replacing tub myself!!!! Thank you for sharing your knowledge. So excited to start

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  • rumbero421

    April 14, 2019

    Hi, I’m replacing my tub and replacing rotted studs, etc., then will remodel my bathroom up stairs too!, and I could really use that M18 !.
    Nice video, keep up the good work!
    Thank you !

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  • Jagdish Narkar

    April 14, 2019

    Great video really informative, working on my bathroom remodelling and as you have shown I have similar setup in my bathroom and pretty old.

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  • Joe Garrison

    April 14, 2019

    I sure would really appreciate that fine saw, I'm about finished a year kitchen remodel, next needed project is an upstairs bathroom that looks about same as the bath you have in video, not on cement tho, so I figure gonna need do plenty of wood work before tile and probably a shower vs tub. I'll be looking see if any videos on adding a shower to a small restroom on cement slab, next year project, would it be easier to cut tub into pieces to bring down flight of steps?

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  • toan pham

    April 14, 2019

    good video and detail technic

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  • Wayne Thomas

    April 14, 2019

    renovating bathroom at cottage and in particular – replacing bath tub with shower

    Reply
  • Courtney Hilaire

    April 14, 2019

    I am working on replacing my bath tub.

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  • DT T54

    April 14, 2019

    Very helpful! Removing a corner jacuzzi tub. Your video inspired me to try it! Thanks

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  • Kye Brown

    April 14, 2019

    Renovated bathrooms

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  • Ramon Castillo

    April 14, 2019

    Among many DIY clips, this was a great one Jeff and thank you for listing it. We had a tenant that we had to evict because she broke the lease agreement by several accounts. In leaving she vandalized the place so we are having to go in and replace several things, rugs, lamanent flooring and other things. We had a leek in the guest bathtub; I was replacing the hardware and the drain plug was stuck. Since this townhome was built in the 80's an easy out would not pull it out and I accidentally cut into the drain pipe using a sawzaw so here I am researching how to replace the tub.

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  • Cynthia Lawson

    April 14, 2019

    You answered every question! Thank you, love the video. How old is that tool kit offer?

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  • thehawkthehawwk

    April 14, 2019

    I have to remove a steel tub without disturbing the existing wall and floor tiles in a tight space with an existing stud in the outside corner of the tub where it has to be lifted. Lots of cuts with care have to be made in the removal process. You know that there is a woman involved with this one.

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  • Susan Ohlson

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you, for giving me the courage to take out my jetted tub which I hate, and try to convert it into a more useful storage space.

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  • Gabriel Taylor

    April 14, 2019

    I am re-tiling an entire bathroom …. Walk in shower, around and behind jacuzzi, walls and floors, there is alot of demo work and that saw would do wonders for me

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  • Ahmed Chiboub

    April 14, 2019

    Can you do my bathroom?

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  • chuck s

    April 14, 2019

    I would NEVER use SHARKBITE fittings inside a wall , but that's just me !

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  • Noel Rosario

    April 14, 2019

    I would like to win the saw.
    iam learning how to remodel bathrooms thank you for the tips

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  • Ann Lu

    April 14, 2019

    Hello J,
    May I ask you something? After finish installing the bathtub………do I have to remove the shut off valve, or can I leave it there for future use?

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  • Abe Maysonet

    April 14, 2019

    Good clear videos, very helpful. I’m doing the opposite. Replacing my tub with a whirlpool tub. Hope I won’t regret it. (Not cheap)

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  • Megan Greene

    April 14, 2019

    doing the same job I need that lol

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  • michael glaser

    April 14, 2019

    man.. i have to point out.. Using a saw to get through a wall without knowing what is behind it is really not a great idea. electrical, that piping could have been over there… Also, twisting the tub to break the bracket? risk breaking that stud. Just use your sawsall to cut the nails between bracket and tub. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGH

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  • michael glaser

    April 14, 2019

    hey by there way, use a full face respirator. those half face one's do not do ANYTHING. I worked hazmat removal and OSHA does not approve half-face.

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  • michael glaser

    April 14, 2019

    Why, hello there, adam corolla's long-lost brother. Nice to meet you

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  • Ernie Pigao

    April 14, 2019

    I'm removing my Jacuzzi tub and replacing a 3×5 walk in shower.  I can really use the cordless tool

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  • Money Bag

    April 14, 2019

    Thx bro redoing a bathroom so hook me up

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  • elevatorman013

    April 14, 2019

    Cover the floors you're keeping when doing any demo work.

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  • Hector Gonzalez

    April 14, 2019

    Hey Jeff u would like to use the M18 for the plan demolition I have very soon and need to remove a jacuzzi and need to do very quick so they can start the remodeling for the bathroom

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  • Claudia Gonzalez

    April 14, 2019

    My husband and I are planning on removing a large fiberglass tub that has green marble background. We moved in this older home last year and honestly it's been non-stop repairs and elective remodeling and very costly. My husband would really find this tool very useful and will save a ton of work.
    thanks for your great videos they have become very useful when doing DIY projects
    C & R

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  • sam rafeedie

    April 14, 2019

    I am actually doing D&R, Demolish and Remove the bath tub which has been installed since the house was built in 1976. I saw your work using this saw in removing the old bathtub, and I know it will be very helpful in doing my project. Also, I cant afford purchasing a new saw, which I need badly. I had plans to just hammer most of the tub out. But with this saw it will make my job so much easier. So hopefully I will be the lucky one to receive this saw. Thank you

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  • H NGUYEN

    April 14, 2019

    Your video is one of the best explain diy. thanks, i am going to watch more of your videos

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  • Lauren's Critter Care

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you this is so helpful!! My husband and I recently bought our first home and there are so many projects and repairs that need to be done around our 1974 home! I started a recaulking job around our jetted tub. Unfortunately it was about 6 layers of disgusting mildewy caulk! It is now obvious that there has been extensive water damage behind the tub with a couple of layers of plywood added over the rotten sub flooring ? My bathroom as this super cool mirror tiling on all of the walls. Do you have any tips on how I could preserve the mirror tile behind the tub?

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  • David Na

    April 14, 2019

    Hi Jeff, I live in condo and turning the water off might be difficult unless I want to turn off the water for everyone around me. can you remove a bathtub without turning the water off to the entire complex? None of the pipes need to be replaced as they are in good condition. Just the waste and overflow with the bathtub will.

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  • Caveman Al Toraboran

    April 14, 2019

    Give me that giveaway!

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  • EKK

    April 14, 2019

    Thank you Jeff. Got my sawzall today. This tool is a beauty and will come in handy. Its battery powered with two batteries which is great. Thank You again.

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