How to Remove a Fiberglass Bathtub and Surround in 60 Minutes

60 Minutes

Wanna remodel your bathroom? The first step is to demo and that begins with your bathtub. Watch a professional bathroom remodeler do remove a fiberglass bathtub and surround. You'll see step-by-step exactly what to tackle first and what tools will make it easy.
Disconnect the tub drain using a tub drain remover tool like this one.
Unscrew the overflow cover plate from the tub.
Remove the tub spout. Turn it counterclockwise. If there's a set screw, loosen it with an Allen wrench.
Remove the faucet handle and trim piece.
Remove the shower head and shower arm.
Smash the tile or drywall that's above the fiberglass surround.
Dislodge the nails that hold the surround to the studs.
Cut the corners of the fiberglass surround.
Watch the complete step-by-step video tutorial.

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3 questions
  • Shaina
    on May 5, 2017

    Does the water need to be shut off to do this?
    • Carol
      on Jun 4, 2017

      Of course. The main water supply must be shut off. Run faucets to drain.
  • Kim21015324
    on Jun 4, 2017

    how do I remove a cast iron tub? its too small & want a full shower floor instead
  • Kitty Bodiddlie
    on Jun 11, 2017

    I f tub has a crack, do you replace entire Fiberglass shower/tub ? With another FiberGlass unit? Tub was repaired before. Waste of time and money.

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  • Bernice H
    on Mar 13, 2016

    Good posts folks... I agree ,some of these bathrooms we see on remodeling shows are strangely me,my opinion. I saw one last night bigger than my living room. What DO people do in there ...stay all day just sighing...ohh what a lovely bathroom I have. Or as said above entertain? Ha just shower is the size of a phone booth...what's that all about? So maybe in the future I can enlarge it, but it is a 78 manufactured home..,I am afraid there is not enough structure to deal with it without the place collapsing on itself! We just bought it recently ,shower untried! Yup. And I agree, as we get older,the easier to clean,the better..

  • Wendy Stoop-Hrechka
    on Jun 4, 2017

    I wouldn't be cutting it with the saw, you don't know what's behind the wall electrical, shocking experience... Not a great idea...
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