View Full Version : Getting a tub up to a third floor.
03-02-2007, 09:07 AM
I am remodeling an old three story home's top floor into a master bed w/ master bath. I can not figure out how to get the tub the client would like into the room. The old stairwells are narrow and short. Short of lifting the tub w/ a crane(which I have been unable to find anyone willing to do) are there any tubs that come in multiple pieces or is my only choice to scratch the tub or build a tile one from scratch.
03-02-2007, 10:55 AM
When I have had to lift things to the roof of my building, I have had a sign company do the lift for me. Some of their trucks have lift capability. Typically, they will charge me $100, which is a lot cheaper than hurting my back!
Can you get it into a 3rd floor window, maybe?
Can you have a tub liner installed over the old tub instead of a complete removal/replace? Liners only weigh about 40 pounds. Just stand it up on end and walk it up.
03-02-2007, 01:20 PM
Check out rental yard. My genie lift lifts 600 lbs about 27 feet high.
There are different size lifts. Any Ironworker can rig a gin pole off a flat roof or window. also roofers have trypod A frames to hoist gravel and hot tar.
another way is 2 pump jacks with allum planks. I have all this equeptment
in My const. yard. Marin Co .Ca. You near by? Hope you have liabilty Ins.
I do :)
03-02-2007, 01:39 PM
I can not figure out how to get the tub the client would like into the room ... are there any tubs that come in multiple pieces ...
If you are talking about only a tub, I have only ever seen one-piece tubs other than when there are removeable legs underneath. But if you are talking about a combination tub/shower unit, then yes, those can come in two or more pieces for remodel work and can be negotiated through just about any passageway.
03-05-2007, 04:20 AM
trying with the sign companies now and i'm making a little headway. I don't have any heavy machinery experience so operating anything is out of the question. Thanks for the help its been useful. And getting to Marin Co, from north jersey may prove too costly but thanks anyway.
I assume this must be a cast iron tub, because any other material, including Americast would be transportable up the stairs. Once you get the tub up to the third floor outside the building, how will you get it through the wall? take out a window?
03-05-2007, 12:47 PM
I used to drive a truck with a boom and have set many bundles of lumber through window openings and sheet rock through large door openings ... and I have even dropped tires into septic tanks! Maybe a local lumber yard could help you out if you have a sufficiently-sized hole to go into and the septic tank is well-marked beforehand.
03-06-2007, 08:25 AM
FWIW tell us the dimensions of the tub, the width of the staircase, if there are turns, width of the door at the top, etc. I believe odds are it can be fit up the space defined by staircase opening and door opening.
03-07-2007, 01:52 PM
No its not cast iron, in fact they would just like a decent size whirlpool. unfortunately the clearance on the stairs is severely limited because each flight takes two turns. So the first leg of the next flight is above your head at the turn. Trust me its tight. But I'm still working on it and i'm pretty certain I will figure something out, its been heplful having different perspectives.
Have you considered renting a scissor lift or "personnnel" lift from a construction equip. rental service, to bring itup through a window?