Advice 1: How to disassemble the tub

To dismantle the bath, you must first disconnect the outdoor siphon drain pipe and overflow tube. Usually the overflow tube with a bath connects the grille overflow. But it also happens that the connection is made the clamp nut on, tightening the pipe flange with the grille overflow. Connection of the bath and siphon can be done 3 different ways. Two ways similar to the pipe connection of the overflow, and the third with pinch bolt, which is screwed from the side of the drain grid.
How to disassemble the tub
To begin the dismantling of the bath with the disassembly of the floor trap under the tub. When removing the old tub may be not a very pleasant situation in which a strong liking old connection of the siphon, which is not possible remove the drain grate or remove the clamping nut, as in this case, "slights" edges on the nut or broken drain grate.
There is a proven method that is used almost all of a locksmith for removal of the siphon. To remove the old drain grates from a relatively soft non-ferrous metal - brass & bronze, they must be cut with a hacksaw. If a grate drain across the width of the canvas is already our type, it is necessary to knock with a chisel.
Then make the inner side of the drain grate lateral cuts. Cuts should be done at a distance from each other so that the drain from the hopper to cut a piece no more than a quarter of a circle. Making two vertical cut, tilt the blade and continue sawing to the circumference of the funnel. To perform the cuts should be very careful not to damage the enamel of the bath.
As soon as you complete the cuts, take a chisel or smooth ground chisel and place it close between the funnel and the bathroom. Aim the chisel at a tangent to the surface of the bath. With gentle blows of a hammer beat out the sector. Bend with a hammer and chisel the remaining part of the plum cut edges inside. As a result of such deformation freely drain out through the hole of a bath.
Next you need to disconnect the overflow pipe and pull out from the bell of the sewer discharge pipe. Before removing the bath you must have a prepared tube of 70-80 mm or gag from unnecessary rags to close the bell of the sewer. On the bottom of the bath to fix the earthing strip, which also must be disconnected, breaking bottom of the bath (of eyes where fixed ground) is a metal wedge with a hammer.
If the edge of the bath, the walls lined with tiles, remove it with a wide chisel or a chisel. In the gap between the wall and the bathroom may be a strip of a solution, it should be down towards the ceiling with a chisel, striking from under the bath. Baths in Soviet times, was mounted on cast iron feet, but there are also tubs on concrete supports. For removing an old bathtub with cast iron feet will reclinate and clear or clear tub with feet.
The dismantling of the bath can damage the tile in the bathroom. Therefore, if you do not plan to change it, it is necessary to worry in advance.

Advice 2 : To restore or replace the tub?

When the appearance of the bath loses its appeal, becomes the question of its replacement or restoration. But whatever way to update a bath you choose, each has its own nuances.
To restore or replace the tub?

How much is a new tub?

The price of the bath depends on the material from which it is made, what size the Cup is, what country produced the advanced options feature.

Bath, made by domestic manufacturers are a lot cheaper than imported. Their quality is not lower.

Thus, the cost of cast iron bathtubs, made by Russian companies, ranging from 9 500 to 14 500 rubles, depending on the size and quality of cast iron. The same bath imported will cost from 10 to 29 200 000.

Can the old tub replace with steel. It is cheaper and easier. But the heat does not hold, unlike cast iron. This bath will cost from 3 850 to 24 000 rubles.

Recently popular acrylic baths. Their range is very wide, and the choice of a bath becomes a difficult task. You should pay attention to the thickness of the layer of acrylic – the subtler it is, the worse the quality. Acrylic bathtub is from 5,000 to 34,000 rubles. There are expensive options of acrylic baths custom shapes with light, massage jets. The cost of such baths from 90 000 rubles.

The expenses are not limited to the purchase of new bathtubs. Still have to spend for its shipping, installation and dismantling of the old baths. In addition, installing a new bathroom entails a renovated bathroom and beyond. Bringing the old heavy bulky tub, work can damage walls, floors, doors in other rooms.

It turns out that the replacement bath is expensive. On the other hand, spend one day choosing a quality and comfortable bath you for many years can not worry about its appearance and condition.

If funds do not allow to replace the bath and the old bath depressing, you can consider more economical option – the restoration of the bath.

How to restore a bath?

The old and fairly cheap method of restoration of a bath – enameling. This method uses epoxy resin and hardener. The coating will last from 3 to 12 years. But if before applying the enamel master low-quality processed surface, the coating will soon begin to bubble and climb pieces. In this way the restoration is still one drawback – the material can give stains, from what bath looks untidy.

A relatively new method is considered to be the restoration of the baths of liquid acrylic liquid bath. It lies in the fact that the bath pour the liquid acrylic, it spreads through it and, when cooled, forms a new plastic surface. Material for this method of restoration is quite expensive but it is non-toxic and odorless. This bath will be smooth and beautiful and will last a long time.

There is another way to quickly and easily turn an old bath in a new – insert acrylic insert, which exactly reproduces the form of the old baths. In this technique, there is an effect of a thermos, water in a tub longer cools. The disadvantage of this restoration is its high cost, which can be associated with the cost of new bathtubs.

The average cost of restoration is 3 000 rubles. To save, you can restore the bath in one of these ways myself. But if you've never done this before, it is better to overpay a little bit and to trust the professional.
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