In my very first post, I said that I would blog about the good, the bad, and the ugly side of home renovation, and this post definitely has “ugly” down. I don’t know if you have ever torn a 45 year-old cast iron/porcelain bathtub out of your house, but it’s an adventure, and one you most likely won’t want to repeat. We had researched all of our options to see if we could salvage the old tub before going to the extreme of tearing it out, but none of them looked to be long-term solutions. It simply had to go. Before we got started, though, we researched all of the different ways to remove a bathtub. We came across videos of people taking a sledgehammer to their tub (it worked!), but we decided to go a different route. The first thing we should have done, was cut off the water main, right? This is our third bathroom reno, we should know that by now. Did we do that? No. We disconected the drain and plumbing from the bathtub to prevent them from breaking. Guess we thought that was good enough. Then the wall that contained the plumbing needed to come out. We did not think that the pipes would be imbedded in mortar, so when were trying to pry the tile and lath loose, a water pipe broke turning a dusty mess into a muddy mess. So, turn the water off before you tear out a wall bearing pipes. This is such a no-brainer…
After we got the water cleaned up, I got called away, leaving Norm to battle out the tub on his own. He ended up taking a grinder to the tub cutting it into manageable sizes, since the tub was too heavy for him to manage on his own. Let me stress now the importance of wearing a quality dust mask and eye protection for all renovation projects, but this especially called for it, since he was grinding up cast iron. Since I was not around for this, there are no pictures of this process. All I can tell you is that it was incredibly messy (and did not smell too great, either)
By nightfall, the tub was history and this is all that remained:
The hard part was finally over. Now we could move on to transforming this shell into something pretty.