Bath disassembly: how to ease the task
During the overhaul of the bathroom is required to remove all plumbing items. Consider how to dismantle the bath, because this stage is one of the most labor-intensive.
It should be noted that the removal of the old bath is not an easy operation. Of course, if the bath is small and it will not be re-installed after repair, then it is quite possible to dismantle the bath with your own hands. Otherwise, it is better to entrust this work to professionals.
We dismantle the bath with our own hands
Before you begin to remove the bath, you should remove all unnecessary from the room. And we are talking not only about such items as shelves and cabinets, but also about plumbing. It is necessary to remove the bathroom sink, dismantle the faucets, and if the bathroom is combined, then you have to remove the toilet.
Preparing a bath for dismantling
It would be nice to remove from the hinges and the door for the bathroom and toilet, as during removal from the bathroom room door leaf can be easily scratched. In a pinch, you can try to protect the door by covering it with a soft cloth or air bubble film.
Before you remove the bath, it does not hurt to figure out whether to imply in the house such a service as the removal of bulky waste. In the case of a negative answer, it will be necessary to resolve the issue of removal and disposal of the bath, which is not at all easy.
You can’t put such a big plumbing object into a passenger car, and you should also know where to take it. Therefore, it is much easier to order the removal and dismantling of the bath than to try to solve the issue of disposal.
Disconnect the water supply pipes
Dismantling takes place in several stages.
- First you need to disconnect the drain pipe. If it is connected tightly (as they did in the Soviet times, they connected cast-iron pipes with cement), then it is easier to cut off the pipes, since it is unlikely that such old pipes could be changed.
New plastic pipes are usually quite easy to separate.
- As a rule, if an acrylic or steel bathtub is dismantled, then there are no particular problems, as these plumbing items are lightweight.
- If after repair, then during dismantling and removal from the bath room it is necessary to be careful, the old one should not be damaged or scratched the surface.
- When disassembling, you need to carefully consider the preservation of parts from the attachment points. If during the repair process they are lost, then it will be very difficult to put the bath back then.
- If during the repair process it is planned to remove the bath, then it is worth replacing the drain pipes at the same time. The fact is that during the dismantling they are very easy to damage. The cost of repairs as a result of the replacement of pipes will increase slightly, but the owners will be sure that there will be no leakage in the newly renovated bathroom.
- With the preventive purpose it is worth treating the pipe joints with silicone sealant, such an operation will never be superfluous.
Features of dismantling the bath of cast iron
Preparation for dismantling the cast-iron bath
If with steel or acrylic baths problems in the process of their removal rarely arises, the question of how to dismantle the cast-iron bath is very difficult. Especially if the bath was installed a few decades ago and all the compounds had time to become attached.
If the bath has not been attached to the walls of the bathroom or the wall is fragile, the procedure is as follows:
- Cast iron siphon trimmed from the sewer.
- Now you need to check the reliability of the mounting feet-supports to the bath and, if necessary, strengthen the weakened connection.
- Now you can begin to perform basic tasks that should be in a vertical position, including on the wall.
If there is a heated towel rail on the wall to which you plan to lean against the bath, which may be unavailable.
Otherwise there is a risk of damaging the pipes.
- On the end (near the mixer) and the side wall the remains of the coating are knocked down. After that, the bath held over the edge that was facing the mixer rises to a position where its opposite end side does not rest on the floor.
Doing this work is not so difficult, because the legs of the bath are not removed.
When the edge with the front legs rises, a large part of the load falls on the rear supports of the bath, and not on the hands of the working person.
Embedded iron bath
- Now you need to intercept the bath by the upper legs and lean it against the wall. After that, the bath is intercepted by the lower legs and dragged away from the wall to a distance, ensuring its stability.
When raising the bath in a vertical position, caution should be exercised, since it can “ride” on slippery tiles and it will be impossible to hold it.
To reduce the risk of such an accident, a non-slip lining should be put under the edge of the bath, for example, a rubber mat.
The cast iron bath is dismantled a little differently, if its edge is securely embedded in the wall. In this case, it is extremely difficult to knock down the tiles and free up the edge of the bath. It is easier to first remove the legs from the bath, and then, using additional force, “drop” the bath on the floor. Of course, before such an operation, measures should be taken to soften the blow of a heavy bath on the floor in the bathroom.
If the house is old and the floors in it are not too strong, this method of dismantling cannot be used.
A bath lying on the floor rises in an upright position in the manner described above (although it will be somewhat more difficult to do this) and then take it out of the room.
Thus, if you plan to dismantle the bath and install a new one, you should soberly assess your strength, since this is not an easy job. It may be easier to order the execution of these operations to professionals.