moving cast iron tub

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Greggs, Sep 19, 2010.

  1. Greggs

    Greggs New Member

    Sep 19, 2010
    Margate, n.j.
    I am remodeling a very small bathroom. It is a limited space. I want to install 315lbs cat iron tub. The alcove is 60"x 32". There is an old radiator sticking out right in front of this space. Even if I remove the cover and radiating elements, there will still be piping coming out of the floor and wall. This will prevent me from sliding the cast iron tub into the alcove. If we lift it there is not any room to maneuver. does anybody have any ideas about jacks or lifts ect. I would have to lift it 21" off the ground and move it almost all the way and then lower. Also I would have to work from the skinny end of the tub in a 3'x3' spaceHelp anybody? greggs
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  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Assume you need to open up more wall than you think you would like to ...down to the studs. Sometimes, you can then have enough clearance to lay the tub on its side...apron down ( protect the floor and the apron with heavy blankets. Try to angle it into the space, then you may have clearance to tilt it back down into normal position.
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  4. FJK

    FJK New Member

    Jun 15, 2005
    Do you have room to "walk" the tub in vertically into the alcove. That's how I did mine because I could not just slide it in.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    There is probably a way, since I install mine into recesses all the time, but the process is NOT something I would want to try to describe in detail and expect you to be able to follow the instructions.
  6. Thatguy

    Thatguy Homeowner

    Aug 27, 2008
    A bounty hunter like in "Raising Arizona"
    Try a ceiling rail made of an iron rod or thickwalled iron pipe with some type of pulley that rides on it.,r:17,s:59&biw=1474&bih=805

    It will give you horizontal movement with only two small holes in the ceiling to attach the rail to the ceiling joists with cabling at each end of the rail. The rail hangs a few inches below the ceiling surface.

    Get cable with a working strength of 300 pounds or an ultimate strength of 1200 pounds.

    Suspend the tub with rope and a block and tackle, which give you vertical movement.
    Last edited: Sep 22, 2010
  7. decorsuite

    decorsuite New Member

    Sep 23, 2010
    Chino, CA
    Sounds like your limited in space. I would suggest you tilt and angle the tub until it fits.

    DecorSuite Inc.
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