Out with the old...
I tore out the tub surround (installed c. 1970 by my father)and found 2 layers of 'board' (house built early '50's) that I could not identify. My plans of demolition, including tub, began to sink (unintended pun). I had just attended the local Home Show and had set up time for another pitch from BathFitter (first was 2 years ago, and I decided the cost was prohibitive, but I'm desperate). I love to soak (and get soaked, apparently), and BF now offers an ergonomically sculpted soaking tub. However, it cannot be fitted over the existing tub; the tub has to be removed. It will cost an extra $650. to accomplish this, which I wouldn't quibble about if the costs weren't already exhorbitant -- at least, for me. I told the pitchman I was going to attempt the removal myself. He didn't seem to have much confidence in my abilities. (I may be ricketty, but I'm tenacious.) He said demolishing a cast iron tub has brought 300-lb. men to their knees and that the tub weighs 600 lbs. My question is, then: Can a middle-aged woman tear out a tub without causing injury to herself and surroundings? Is there an alternative to sledge-hammering, such as using a device to apply increasing pressure 'til the sucker cracks? Any knowledge or ideas would be mighty appreciated!