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How to Remove Old Bathroom Fixtures

See how easy it is to remove bathroom fixtures with these step-by-step instructions.

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Step 1: Remove the Carpet and Toilet

Cut the carpet with a utility knife and tear it out (Image 1). The carpet pad will just rip right up.

Close the shut-off valve on the toilet and flush it to drain the water. Pop off the caps and loosen the nuts to the closet bolts. Lift the toilet up and the remaining water can be emptied in the tub (Image 2).

Step 2: Detach the Plumbing and Remove the Sink

The plumbing needs to be disassembled before the vanity can come out. To remove the p-trap, loosen the nuts with channel locks. Aviation snips can be used to sever the supply lines if the lines aren't being capped at that point. Have a bucket on hand to catch the dripping water (Image 1).

With all the plumbing detached, break the tiles around the sink and lift it out of the vanity (Image 2).

Step 3: Remove the Vanity and Tub

Use a reciprocating saw to disassemble the vanity and pull it out in pieces (Image 1).

If there are no shut-off valves, the lines need to be capped so the water can be turned back on at the main (Image 2).

The tub is removed in the same way. Cap the plumbing, break the tile and lift it out. You'll probably need extra help depending on the weight of the tub (Image 3).

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