How to remove a bathroom

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How to remove a bathroom

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Removing a bathroom can mainly be done without a tradie. You just need to know what you are doing. We show you how to remove a toilet and a vanity yourself. You will also see how to take tiles off a wall and get some advice about the tools you should use to do the job right.
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Step by Step Instructions

1 Prepare the bathroom for removal
2 Remove the vanity from the bathroom
3 Remove the toilet cistern from the wall
4 Remove the toilet bowl from the bathroom
5 Remove the bathroom tiles
  • Step 1. Prepare the bathroom for removal

    Start by turning off the water and the electricity. You can do this yourself at the mains or get qualified tradies in to cap the pipes and disconnect the electricity. Once the room is isolated, remove everything attached to the walls including the taps, towel rail and light switches.
  • Step 2. Remove the vanity from the bathroom

    Turn the basin tap on to make sure the water is actually off. Once you’re sure, get in under the sink and disconnect the waste trap and the tap hose from the wall. If you want to keep the sink, unscrew it from the cabinet and lift it off carefully. Otherwise, use your wrecking bar to pry it off the wall. Then unscrew the cabinet from the wall and remove it
  • Step 3. Remove the toilet cistern from the wall

    The inlet tap sits on the wall next to the toilet. Turn it off, flush the toilet to empty the cistern and then disconnect the inlet hose. Take the lid off the cistern and unscrew the cistern from the wall. It should simply come away from the back of the toilet. 
  • Step 4. Remove the toilet bowl from the bathroom

    To remove the toilet bowl start by putting on some gloves. You may need to remove some screws holding the bowl onto the floor or it may just be stuck in place with glue or silicone. In that case, use a mash hammer and wrecking bar to pry it off. Once it is off the floor, it should simply pull out of the exit pipe in the wall or floor.
  • Step 5. Remove the bathroom tiles

    Use a brick bolster and a mash hammer to remove the tiles. Start in the top corner of a row and work your way down and across. Use your wrecking bar if you need a bit of leverage. You want sure footing when you are working, so keep clearing the broken tiles away as you go. In some older houses, tiled walls are backed with asbestos. If you come across any, stop work immediately and contact your local council.

Tools and Materials

Tools

  • Bolster
  • Dust mask
  • Ear muffs
  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Impact driver
  • Mash hammer
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrecking bar
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