How does one remove a step up to tub? Sledgehammer?

Kathy Bollman
by Kathy Bollman
Our master has the original 70’s tub...up one wide step then down into the iron-stained tub. I’m guessing if I want to replace tub, that step has to go! Probably a huge investment but we are putting house on the market in May. Any ideas thoroughly and thankfully welcomed!!!
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  • User User on Mar 18, 2018

    Use a reciprocating saw (sawzall), cut it in 2 or 3 pieces.

    It is a loud operation, but makes the bath easy to rip off and carry by hand.

    You can even put it to the curb.

    The city should pick up that size.

    They did in our town.

    Good luck.

    • Kathy Bollman Kathy Bollman on Mar 18, 2018

      I would LOVE to do this but I'm thinking now the concrete step was formed with the house footprint. We may just re-porcelain paint it and replace the tile surround. Found glass tile squares at the local Habitat for $4 each!!! kathybollman

  • Hb Hb on Mar 18, 2018

    Is the tub in good condition other than the iron staining ? If it is no need to replace . Use the blue Lyson Toilet bowl cleaner and a paint brush . Paint your tub with it and let sit for about 10 minutes , rinse iron (rust stains) should be gone . If still some stubborn spots , do again . To maintain , reuse the Lysol product when you start to see stains again .

    • Kathy Bollman Kathy Bollman on Mar 18, 2018

      Thanks you for the information. The tub is sturdy but ugly. It was re- porcelained???? years ago so we may have to go that route again. Yes, I DO love what Lysol bowl cleaner does to stubborn rust stains! Thanks for the reminder!! kathybollman

  • Hb Hb on Mar 18, 2018

    I forgot to mention please use gloves when apply the toilet bowl cleaner

  • Ken Erickson Ken Erickson on Mar 18, 2018

    Cleaning tub is probably the best option. You could also have the tub repainted. Removing step, replacing tub, and other costs probably won't get any construction expenses covered in sale price. New owner may want to remodel.

    • Kathy Bollman Kathy Bollman on Mar 18, 2018

      Good point. The ugly part is that the tub has been "painted" with whatever you use on a tub but that was 7 years ago. I guess we can look into having it resurfaced again. May be our best option as the new owner may, indeed, want to remodel. kathybollman

  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 18, 2018

    In removing the tub, you will have to rebuild the tub frame, probably retile the whole bathroom floor, recaulk, and possibly make repairs to the wall, and possibly have to update the plumbing, besides buying a new tub. Check the cost for all the changes. Then consider putting ten $100 bills in an envelope to be given to the buyer for bathroom updates. Sometimes, cash wins over style. Best wishes ☺️

    • Kathy Bollman Kathy Bollman on Mar 18, 2018

      YIKES! That's a huge ordeal. I like your style...we'll offer a decorating "spiff". I know I'd be thrilled as a new homeowner if someone did that for me. Thanks for the great suggestion!! kathybollman

  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 22, 2018

    Kathy, you are right in thinking that the first step up may have been built with the house footprint. Yes, it may have been 'upscale' in the '70's but I think that it is just a tripping accident waiting to injure someone.

    It can be removed, but depending on what is under the tiles, the underfloor may have to be rebuilt as well.

    This job is by no means a quick weekend project.

    If the house is going up for sale as soon as May, from personal experience, I say leave it alone; don't do anything to the space. Once you start, it will be a messy can of worms that you have opened.

    Jewell has the best idea yet- offer a generous cash incentive to a buyer, enticing them with "they can update the bathroom to a design that they want", get the house sold, and move on.