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.
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Take care. We’ll talk to you soon.