How to Take out a Jacuzzi Tub to Make a Shower

by Patti Richards Google
Remove a jacuzzi tub to update your bathroom to a shower enclosure.

Remove a jacuzzi tub to update your bathroom to a shower enclosure.

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Taking out a Jacuzzi to make way for a shower is a daylong project for the do-it-yourself homeowner. Many Jacuzzi tubs are in gardens -- with windows surrounding them -- so make sure your space is appropriate for a shower before getting started. Jacuzzi tubs are typically larger than regular tub/shower combinations, but it is possible to redesign the space to be a shower. With the right flooring and tile combination, your Jacuzzi area can be transformed into an updated shower space.

Items you will need

  • Sledgehammer or hammer drill
  • Utility knife
  • Crowbar
  • Dumpster
  • Sandpaper or sanding block
  • Broom
  • Dustpan
Step 1

Turn off the water to your tub and disconnect the pipes from the tub. Remove anything connected to the piping, such as the drain and plug mechanisms, by removing the screws taking them off and setting them aside.

Step 2

Remove all of the tile around the tub deck. You can use a sledgehammer or a hammer drill for this part of the job; a hammer drill causes less mess because you can control it a little more easily than a sledgehammer.

Step 3

Release the silicon that's holding the tub in place by running a utility knife along all of the edges of the tub.

Step 4

Pop the tub loose using a crowbar and lift the tub out of the space. You'll need several people to help lift and carry the tub outside to a dumpster.

Step 5

Remove the rest of the casing that held the tub with the sledge hammer or hammer drill, ripping everything out down to the wall and the floor.

Step 6

Take out any chair railing or decorative trim from around where the tub enclosure was attached to the wall. Sand the walls smooth to prepare for the installation of the shower.

Step 7

Sweep up and vacuum any debris left on the floor from the removal of the tub to prepare the space for a new shower floor or insert.

Tips & Warnings

  • Enlist the help of several friends to help you carry out your tub before you being this project. Tubs can weigh over 200 pounds, so it's important to have enough help to avoid injury.
  • If you don't have a dumpster for your renovation project, call your city or municipality to schedule a pick-up of the old tub.
  • Keep a bucket nearby to catch any water coming from the pipes when you remove the tub.
  • Always use protective eyewear during any construction project, and especially true when using power tools like the hammer drill.
  • Wear protective gloves when breaking and removing tile to project your hands from jagged edges.

About the Author

Patti Richards has been a writer since 1990. She writes children’s books and articles on parenting, women's health and education. Her credits include San Diego Family Magazine, Metro Parent Magazine, Boys' Quest Magazine and many others. Richards has a Bachelor of Science in English/secondary education from Welch College.

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