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    Default Identifying a Cast Iron Tub

    I've read a lot about breaking up a cast iron tub to remove it. How do you identify a cast iron tub? The wall thickness at the overflow and drain holes is about 1/4 inch. Is this cast iron?

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    Talking cast iron tub

    the best way is to just tap on it ,
    you can pretty much tell a cheap piece
    of steel from a cast iorn one that way....

    I would like to hear how they claim is the
    best way to break one up???

    Usually you want ot take all mirrors and
    hanging things off the near by walls.

    then you take a large piece of carpet and lay it
    in the tub ...for protection.

    then you take the sledje hammer and whack the hell
    out of the tub through the carpet...

    breaking iti into managable pieces....

    what is the proper way to do this??

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    Default How to break it

    Thanks for your input. I was going to use a heavy canvass tarp to prevent projectiles. Also my heavy canvass hunting coveralls, safety glasses, face shield, ear plugs and gloves. I read two schools of thought on starting points. One says start at the top cewnter of the front. The other says start at the overflow and drain holes. The latter makes more sense to me.

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    Talking cardboard works

    I have also used large hunks of cardboard
    if no heavy carpet is available ... You will most
    likely ruin that tarp.

    I think the best place to whack it is along the apron first....

    break the apron at both ends then break it along through the
    mid section....

    then break the center and work outwards.towards the walls


    you will have lots of porceline glass shards to contend with...

    its nothing too dangerous, I have done this in cut off shorts
    and a tee shirt before with only minimal blood loss.


    good luck have fun.

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    Sounds like good advice.

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