How do you remove a bathtub and a fiberglass
shower surround? In this video, my buddy, Steve White, from SRW Contracting, is going
to show you step by step how to do this. And in the end, we’ve got an awesome surprise
for you, courtesy of DeWalt. So learn Steve’s skills in this video, and in the end check
out the surprise that we have in store for you, all right? Let’s jump into the tutorial
right now. We’re going to go ahead and get this fiberglass
unit out and set up the one-piece fiberglass unit which was installed before the framing
of the bathroom we’ve put in. So there’s no way to get this out in one piece. And it
would be pretty tough to get down the steps and everything else, too.
So the first thing I do is turn off the water and take out the pieces off. Each one is a
little bit different. So I’m going to have to check out what’s needed. And this one
just threads out. Then I have two screws set up over here. Take the handle off. Take the
two screws off the trim. Take the shower head off. Okay, and then sometimes you get the
shower arm out of the wall with a screwdriver in the end. Just wind it out. It gives you
a bit of the leverage. So, and you normally want to try to take the
drain assembly apart so that when you’re pulling out the tub, you’re not destroying
any plumbing underneath. Sometimes this can be tricky if it’s pretty old. Sometimes
some of this stuff doesn’t want to thread out. And there’s not much you can do about
that. Sometimes I just take a grinder and end up cutting the tub area out around it
just to make sure that you don’t have a problem. If you have access behind it, you
can take the drain assembly apart behind it sometimes. But more times in life you’re
going to be able to get this unthreaded. Sometimes that little removable tool for the drain assembly
is with a pipe wrench. Gives you all of the leverage to twist it out.
So this bottom pipe, I can’t get out. So I’m just going to use my grinder and just
cut off the pipe. It doesn’t have to be pretty. Okay, then you can see actually it
has a tile-surrounded tub. So I’m going to remove parts of that first.
Okay, so now you got that all kind of exposed all the way around the tub. Okay so there’s
a little flange that that drywall sits down onto. And that goes all the way around this
tub as well. Now if I were keeping this bump-out of wall, I would saw this all down along the
side of the tub as well to cut this flange because the flange goes all the way down here.
Well I’m not keeping this corner, so it doesn’t really matter because I’m turning
this into a walk-in shower. So I don’t have to worry about keeping this drywall corner.
And honestly, even on the other side, I would do the same thing if I were keeping the drywall,
but I’m re-drywalling the room. So that won’t really matter either.
So it’s really just as simple as getting a saw is all. I use like a wood/metal blade.
Multipurpose. I usually just go with something… What is this? Like 6”, 8”? Oh, this is
9”. So it’s something not too, too long or it’s all going to be bind up or whatnot.
But always shut the water off because you never know exactly how the plumbing’s done
until you get into this. I’ve seen it where sometimes even water lines are behind the
tub, feeding it. So running the saw along the corner, you can potentially cut that.
So shut the water off before you even do this. And you know, just we’re pluming the walk-in
shower, any plumbing that might be existing there over place. So I’m going to show you
how much an area there is behind it. That’s why sometimes plumbers just run all their
stuff kind of loose behind the tub because there is space there. So as simple as sawing
the corner. Like I said, I don’t really care about that
corner. When I use that Sawzall, I always kind of angle it down a little bit because
you can see how there’s wires in that wall. You don’t want to have it too far in a wall
where you might cut the wires. So I always kind of angle the Sawzall down a little bit.
So now we got the drain assembly out and stuff like that. We can just simply pull out the
tub. So this is kind of a perfect example of what
you might run into when you try to do a tub conversion to a walk-in shower. You can see
the vent stack that’s inside the shower area where the tub was able to cover that
area. So we’re going to have to reroute the vent stack to be inside the wall and run
through. So that’s actually a prime example of what you might run into when you remove
the tub. All right, I hope that was helpful. I mean,
there’s really nothing pretty about demo, but you just really have to muscle through
it and use a Sawzall and run through it. Again, that’s why I really enjoy… that’ why…
let me say that again. And that’s another reason why it’s best to kind of demo everything.
The more time that you have to kind of consider drywall corners and trying to pull things
out, the longer it’s going to take really to do everything because, chances are, when
you’re converting to a walk-in shower , you’re going to be able to make that a little bit
bigger to be able to finish the drywall a lot nicer. In this bathroom alone, we’re
already taking out the mirror, we’re rerouting the plumbing for the sinks, we’re rerouting
this for the shower. It really makes no sense just to leave three pieces of drywall left
in here to finish. So take everything down with the saw, and start from scratch. It makes
it a lot easier. So hopefully it was helpful. Thanks.
Well there you have it. That’s how you remove a bathtub and a fiberglass shower surround.
If you’re doing a bathroom remodeling project, these skills and tips can really come in handy.
And thank you, Steve, for showing us how to do it.
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