Cast iron bath removal

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    I need to remove a cast iron bath without damaging tiles, would it be possible to angle grind along back and side edges to release bath from walls, remove bath and grind away fixings.
    Thanks guys.
     
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    what are the walls made of
     
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    Exceedingly unlikely and even if you do manage, you will find that the cast iron dust will get everywhere and after you have cleaned it all up there will still be residue lurking about that will then rust once the room starts getting used as a bathroom. Your best bet might be to lower the bath and then slide away from the wall. (The feet may have adjustment screws for levelling) If no adjustment then you might want to consider cutting through the feet to permit lowering.
     
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    Stud wall with plaster board.
     
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    Thanks "Jackrae" I think your suggestion is better than mine.
     
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    Is it possible that these baths are not fixed to the walls, relying on their weight alone?
     
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    Yes that's correct
     
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    Thanks again "Jackrae" You've made my day. Thank you
     
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    Hit it with a large hammer. The bath will shatter and easily be removed
    leaving tiles in place or easily corrected.
     
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    I'd sooner eat a smoked kipper than bash a bath. lol
     
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    yeah thats loud ><

    good luck saving the tiles on a PB wall.
     
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    I am concerned about bashing the bath with a lump / Sledge hammer knowing that I have a brand new ceiling in the room below.
     
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    As above! Should shatter into manageable pieces! Put some gaffer tape around the bottom row of tiles to make sure non shatter!
     
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    When we bought our 100 year old house it had a large old cast iron bath big enough for two to "play" in (don't ask) It took 5 of us to lift it out, then with it standing in open air flogging it with 7lb sledge hammers made lots of noise but they simply bounced off. Maybe more modern ones are not quite the same weight standard and more apt to split. But I wouldn't recommend trying if you want to retain the tiles.
     
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    Did 104 council refurbs in a block of flats all had cast baths. Very easy to remove without breaking tiles.

    Hit it in the waste hole, between teh waste and over flow, between the taps then along the bottom and up the back (cut it in half)

    Then "cut" it sideways (hit the nearest side HARD) then the inside making easily carriable 1/4's.

    Use a heavy hammer, Use googles and ear muffs.

    Biggest tip dont be a pansy HIT IT AND HIT IT HARD (works a lot faster so less noise as smaller duration)
     
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