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How to Remove an Old Bathtub

Removing an old bathtub to make room for a replacement is not a fly-by-night operation; it takes planning and patience, especially for anyone tackling this kind of project for the first time. Removing an old bathtub is also an operation that will eat up an entire day, so cancel any activities penciled in for the same day.

In addition to basic tools like a hammer and a screwdriver, tub removal will also require a strainer wrench, crowbar, flat pry bar (for removing tile), drill, utility knife, sledgehammer and 2 1x4s to act as skids for moving the old tub out of its alcove.

Before getting started, locate access to the plumbing; it may be through a panel in an adjacent room or it may be from underneath in the basement.

Step 1: Water & Drains

Shut off the water to the tub. If there isn’t a separate shut-off valve, it will be necessary to shut water off to the whole house. Remove the overflow drain and the drain assembly. Next, remove the strainer from the floor drain, and use a strainer wrench to remove the drain flange.

Step 2: Waste & Overflow Lines

From the access point through the wall in an adjacent room or from underneath in the basement, disconnect the waste and overflow line from below the “T.” This is a good time to also remove the tub spout from the wall. Loosen the set screw and disengage or turn it counterclockwise to unscrew it.

Step 3: Tile & Wall Removal

Measure about eight inches up the wall from the edge of the tub to mark where the tile and/or drywall will be removed. If the bathtub surround is tile, use the flat pry bar or a putty knife to chip off the tile, then cut out the drywall all around the tub. Be mindful not to cut into the studs and carefully remove any nails or screws that anchor the tub to the studs.

Fiberglass surrounds may be adhered directly to the drywall. If the surround is also being replaced, plan on replacing the drywall behind it with cement board (Greenboard) for better moisture repellent.

Step 4: Out with the Old

Cut away any caulk between the tub and the floor, and find a helper. While one person lifts the front edge of the tub, the other person will slide the 1x4s under the edge of the tub. The wood will act as skids to bring the tub fully out of its alcove.

Supports between studs for the edge of the tub can then be removed and the area cleaned to prep for the new tub or shower.

Cast iron and porcelain tubs should be broken up with a sledge hammer so they can be disposed of in pieces. This work should take place in the bathroom before taking it out of the house.

PLEASE NOTE: Removing a tub from a smaller bathroom may require removing the vanity and/or the toilet.

eFaucets Sports the Google Trusted Stores Badge

eFaucets, your leading online retailer of kitchen and bath fixtures, was recently selected to join the Google Trusted Stores program.

To help shoppers identify online merchants that offer a great shopping experience, the Google Trusted Store badge is awarded to e-commerce sites that demonstrate a track record of on-time shipping and excellent customer service. When visiting the eFaucets website, shoppers will see a Google Trusted Store badge and can click on it for more information.

“eFaucets is proud to offer customers even greater peace of mind when shopping with us,” said company co-founder and CEO Mike Fox. “The Google Trusted Store badge gives shoppers reassurance at a glance that their online shopping experience at eFaucets will be safe and successful.”

As an added benefit, when a shopper makes a purchase at a Google Trusted Store, they have the option to select free purchase protection from Google. Then in the unlikely event of an issue with their purchase, they can request Google’s help, and Google will work with eFaucets and the customer to address the issue. As part of this, Google offers up to $1,000 lifetime purchase protection for eligible purchases.

Google Trusted Stores is entirely free, both for shoppers and for online stores. The program helps online stores like eFaucets attract new customers, increase sales and differentiate themselves by showing off their excellent service via the badge on their websites.

How to Choose a Ceiling Fan

Choosing the right ceiling fan has more to do with function than it does style because the size of the room and ceiling height can make the difference between a fan that looks right at home and one that stands out like a sore fan.

The high cost of cooling and heating can be reduced with ceiling fans because fans circulate air for a more efficient system overall. Plus, circulating air in a bedroom makes for more comfortable sleeping overall.

It’s important to measure the room before shopping for the fan. Any room less than 75 square feet should only need a 24-inch diameter fan. Likewise, any room larger than 225 square feet will need a 54-inch diameter fan, and rooms that are even bigger could safely and stylishly accommodate two fans.

What is the ceiling height? Rooms with only 8-foot ceilings need a flush mounted fixture to provide as much headroom as possible. Mounting arms in various lengths are available for ceilings that measure nine feet or more:

9 feet 6”
10 feet 12”
12 feet 24”
14 feet 36”
16 feet 48”
18 feet 60”
20 feet 72”

Homeowners should measure from the floor the where the fan’s blades will rotate. Ideally, there should be at least eight feet of clearance so that even taller individuals can safely walk under and near the fan.

How the fan moves air is primarily determined by the pitch of the blade, so homeowners should shop for the design that tickles their fancy the most. For optimal performance, though, blades should operate eight or nine feet above the floor.