Getting a standard 5" tub through RO

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by chefwong, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    OKAY. This one is going to have me scratching my head for a bit...

    5x7 Bathroom.
    Tub is running the 5' width.
    Cast Iron...

    Standard 30" Door.

    Removing the old one is cake.
    New unit will be 5' as well.

    Just short of doing some quasi angle as I bring the tub vertical into the room, any ideas
    how to get a 5' tub into a 5x7 room and laying the tub back along the 5' side.

    The only option seems that the other 5' side of the wall needs to be demoed to get her in and just
    run her up the side
  2. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    With the tub still on end place it as close to the head wall as possible. Then lower the tub to the opposite wall allowing the apron to drop into a stud bay. Then just raise the head of the tub to allow it to drop into place.

    John
  3. chefwong

    chefwong New Member

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    Ha. In theory that sounds like it....other than then 400+ cast iron weight.
    It's been awhile but the ledger board for the tub is just for support if I recall
    The tub itself is pitched towards the drain already...
  4. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

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    Cast iron tubs was all we used anything else we call temporary tubs. It can be done very easily by two that know how to handle weight.

    John
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2011
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You do need open walls on both ends so you can use the stud cavity for some turn radius. I lay it on the apron and try to turn it that way, using the extra length of the open stud cavity.

    I use those inexpensive movers blankets to protect tub finish.
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    IT has been decades since I have needed two people to set a cast iron tub. Place on the apron at the proper location and then roll it into place. If you need room to maneuver it into position, slide the "corner" into the space between the studs, rotate it square, then pull if back to the proper location before rolling it into its position.
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