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How to Remove a Fiberglass Bathtub and Surround

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by Jeff Patterson in DIY Bathroom Remodel
How to Remove a Bathtub and Fiberglass Surround

Removing a bathtub is simple, after you see a pro do it.

It’s not  hard but if done incorrectly could cause a flood your house.

My buddy Steve does bathroom remodeling every week.

So, if you wanna learn how to remove a fiberglass bathtub and surround he’s the guy to watch.

I’m super excited to share this tutorial with you!!

Getting Started 

Steve and I are partnering together.

Kinda like Han Solo and Chewbacca.

Steve knows how to fly, so it makes sense that he’s Han Solo… I’m sure he could pilot the Millennium Falcon.

We’re gonna show you how to remodel a bathroom

Today’s tutorial is the kickoff to our video series.

Last week Steve had to tear out a fiberglass bathtub and surround for a client.

He’ll then be installing a walk-in shower.

The first step in this project is to demo the entire bathroom, starting with the tub.

I gave Steve my camera and he made today’s video.

You’ll see it takes knowledge, sweat, and even a bit of blood to get the demo done.

Don’t worry, it’s just a little blood (nothing like you see in the Walking Dead!!).

Let’s get started and dive into this project head first.


Starting a Bathtub and Fiberglass Surround Demo (without flooding your house)

The first step is to turn off the water to the house.

Be smart.

This stops flooding caused by accidentally cutting a pipe!!!

You’ll then remove the

  1. drain
  2. overflow trim piece
  3. tub spout
  4. faucet trim plate and
  5. shower head.

Disconnecting all the plumbing is necessary because you don’t want damaged pipes.

Makes sense.

Place the tub drain remover down in the drain.

Turn it counterclockwise with channel locks or a pipe wrench.

Tub Drain Remover

If the drain’s crosshairs are broken you can use the Ridgid Model 342 Internal Wrench to remove the drain.

It’s not cheap but is a great tool.

Usually only one or two screws hold the waste overflow coverplate in place.

Remove the screw(s) and you’ll be in good shape. You can use a drill to speed up this process.

Unscrew Overflow Coverplate

Steve actually used a grinder with a diamond cutting wheel to cut this part of the tub.

Either way works.

Some tub spouts simply twist off counterclockwise.

Others are held in place via a set screw.

The set screw can be loosened using an Allen Wrench.

Turn the Allen Wrench counterclockwise and pull the spout off.

Remove Tub Spout

The same thing goes for faucet handles, they’re typically held in place with a set screw.

Remove the handle first then the faucet escutcheon plate/trim piece.

Two screws hold the faucet trim to the shower mixing valve.

Remove Faucet Trim

Turn the screws counterclockwise to reveal the shower mixing valve.

The last step is to unscrew the shower head from the shower arm.

If you’re not keeping the shower head you can use channel locks to turn it counterclockwise off the shower arm.

You can still use channel locks if you’re keeping the shower head.

Just put a rag on the shower head nut to protect it from being scratched.

Alternatively, you could use a strap wrench and this will totally eliminate any scratching.

I personally love strap wrenches.

Steve recommends placing a screwdriver into the shower arm and turning it counterclockwise.

Remove Shower Arm

These five steps take care of the bathtub plumbing.

Now the fun part: cutting the bathtub into pieces using a reciprocating saw!!!


Cutting Your Tub and Surround into Pieces (thank goodness for power tools)

Do you like smashing things?

Here’s a secret, I love bashing in tile.

It’s cathartic.

If you have tile or drywall above your fiberglass surround remove it with a hammer.

Smash Tile above surround

This took Steve about 5 minutes.

Wear goggles to protect your eyes from tile pieces.

Do this to reveal the nails that hold the fiberglass surround to the studs.

Dislodge these nails with your hammer.

Dislodge Surround Nails

Take a reciprocating saw and cut the tub surround at the corners. Use a bi-metal blade for this and it’ll be a breeze.

Start at the top of the corners and go down to the tub deck.

Cut Surround at Corners

Hold the reciprocating saw at a shallow angle to avoid wiring that might be in the walls.

Steve gives good advice for newbie DIYers in the video.

Once you cut all the edges of the fiberglass surround you can pull it off the wall.

Wear gloves because the fiberglass will be sharp.

Also, sometimes a angle grinder is necessary to cut old plumbing fixtures.

See all of Steve’s tips  in the video, including exactly how to use a reciprocating saw for this project


What’s Next

The next step is to either install a new bathtub or build a walk-in shower.

Grab our free guide if you’re doing a DIY bathroom remodel – it shares how to remodel a bathroom in 10 days or less

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Thanks as always for reading, watching, and being part of our awesome community.


Jeff Patterson





P.S. Our online store has great supplies for homeowners doing a bathroom remodel. You’ll find shower systems, tiling tools, and more.

  1. Charlie Cherng says:

    Great tutorial. I am looking forward to see more bathroom remodel video from you Jeff. I have always wanted to have a reciprocating saw. If I win the giveaway, I would use the reciprocating saw for numerous of project. For example, changing old receptacle (cutting out nails in the stud), cutting wood and PVC pipe, and maybe cutting some drywall. A reciprocating comes in so handy that it can do almost any cutting. Would be great to have one.

    1. Thanks Charlie, let me know kind of videos you’d like to see. We’re in the process of making them. You’re right, reciprocating saws are fantastic tools. It’s even nicer to have one that’s battery operated!!! Wish I had one myself, lol.

      1. Charlie Cherng says:

        Exactly Jeff. I am actually thinking of doing my bathroom remodel.However, my bathroom is a regular 5’x8′ with acrylic tub. Not sure how difficult it is to remove this tub and the complexity of tiling after new tub installation. Also, I am looking to replacing the vinyl flooring to tile as well. But I don’t have a clue where to start lol

        1. Well you could start with this tutorial, haha. Just kidding, although completely demoing the entire bathroom might not be a bad idea. You can tile over sheet vinyl as long as there’s nothing under it, e.g. old tile. I recommend using Ditra underlayment on top of wood subfloor the tiling over the Ditra.

          We’ll have a tutorial on that down the road. Definitely install the tub first the tile the floor.

          1. Charlie Cherng says:

            Your video is definitely a good place to start. I will stay tune for more tutorial. Thanks a lot!

          2. Glad to help Charlie

  2. Great advice on removing the hardware… some can be tricky. I’ll use some of the tips when renovating our older bath. First I have to finish the new bath-laundry I’m working on.

    Cordless reciprical would come in handy for finally cutting up some old black iron pipe (old step railings) that are stored on the side of my property where I don’t have electric…. and with a pruning blade would be a lot easier than firing up my Husky for quick garden cleanup and limbing up some trees.

    1. Good tip on the pruning, always forget that reciprocating saws are for all sorts of things, haha. Make sure to post your pics on the FB Community Jerry, can’t wait to see what you do with the bath-laundry!!

  3. Adam Verheyen says:

    My wife and I actually plan on doing a bathroom renovation sometime next year so getting a head start on the necessary tools and having the time to learn how to use it properly would definitely make our eventual renovation so much easier!

    Thanks again, Jeff!!

    1. Can’t wait to see your remodel Adam. What all are you gonna do? And will you share it on your site?

  4. Hi Jeffy,
    Great video tutorial and step by step instructions. So many do it yourself sites have terrible pictures where one can not see the important elements of the project.
    As far as the reciprocating saw goes, I could certainly use it in the installation process at my business. We build custom furniture and cabinets and currently use a corded sawzall. I imagine that just as the cordless drill has become like a third arm for me, a cordless reciprocating saw would be an invaluable tool in the bag. Once again, great job Jeffy.

    1. Thanks John, you do great work. I’ve seen you projects and you’ve got quite a woodworking talent man. Keep it up. If you haven’t joined our HRT Facebook Community you should check it out. People would love to see your work. Here’s the link

  5. Shelby says:

    We are about to gut our one and only bathroom! It will be the biggest DIY we’ve done so far and we were just talking about needing a sawzall. But our basket at Home Depot already had a few hundred dollars worth of tools in it at the time. We are building up our tool selection slowly but surely! It’s first tester run would be helping us put up a new beadboard backsplash in the kitchen (electrical outlet cut outs) before we launch into the bathroom though! Hoping by the end of this year our little 1950s house will be in great shape!

    1. Can’t wait to see your bathroom remodel Shelby. It’s easy to get that Home Depot basket up over a few hundred dollars, so much stuff is needed for a project. We’d be happy to help you get started or answer any questions about the bathroom remodel.

      Post your backsplash before and after over on the HRT FB Community, other people would love to see it 😀

  6. Rosh says:

    Hi Jeff, Awesome video as always!
    The reciprocating saw is just what I need at the moment. I am also remodeling my guest bathroom. That tool will be so handy to cut in section where nothing else can get in there! Hope I will get one!

    1. Thanks Rosh, what all are you doing to the guest bath?

  7. robb says:

    Jeff & Steve……Great advice on removing the tub surround! I’m currently saving for my remodel we are looking forward to getting rid of my 1960 releic of a bathroom it a real pretty pink…. you never cease to amaze. thanks again

    robb in detroit

    1. Robb, you and a pink bathroom don’t mix, lol. Can’t wait to see your progress buddy. You did a great job with your kitchen. Make sure to take some before and after pics 😀

  8. I would use this new saws all to cut the tree limbs in the park and at my home. Also to cut soil pipe and plumbing in a wall in a room at the house to reroute it and install a bathroom there.

    Thanks, Randy

    1. I always forget how awesome reciprocating saws can be in the yard, thanks Randy for the reminder. Sounds like you have a good project on your hands in the bathroom. What all are you going to do?

  9. Rob Serikstad says:

    Keep up the great work Jeff!

    1. Thanks Rob, glad you like the tutorial buddy 😀

  10. Kimberly Eakins says:

    Just wanted to say this was a really cool video. Luckily we don’t have a fiberglass surround tub/shower but if we did I would definitely know how to demolish it and get it outta’ there!????

    1. You’re so sweet Kimberly, thanks for the kind words 😀

  11. I would love to replace my fiberglass shower with a tiled shower. This looks like the perfect tool to remove the existing shower.

    1. It certainly is Edie, makes it so much easier. The demo alone can save you a ton of money 😀

      When are you gonna start your remodel?

  12. David Coffeen says:

    I need to replace an existing tub with a shower unit. Thanks for the thorough instructions.

    1. Glad ot help David, what kind of shower unit will you install?

  13. anna says:

    I have a corded reciprocating saw but I keep finding situations where a battery-powered one would be the tool for the job. My corded one is a DeWalt.

    1. Staying true to DeWALT 😀

      I like both corded and battery operated but you’re right Anna, sometimes it’s nice to be mobile

  14. Gladys says:

    Thank you for the video. Just what we needed. We just moved to a house built in the 50s and it has the original bathtub which we hope to keep. However, someone had added a fiberglass surround and we had no idea how to remove it. Now we do! And we could sure use the DeWalt reciprocating saw for the project. Thanks as always and keep bathroom remodeling videos coming!

    1. Glad the video helped Gladys, I had a similar situation as you. We pulled the fiberglass to find rotted greenboard. After removing that we installed cement board, waterproofing, and tile. Can’t wait to see your project develop. What’s your next step?

  15. Dan Kaschner says:

    Excellent video. My wife wants to remodel our bathrooms this winter. Guess what I will be doing? 🙂 That is one use for the new saw… this summer we have an Ipe deck that I am rebuilding. Given the tight spots I need to get into under the deck and between joists while I am on a ladder to remove the old railing posts, I could really use a compact recip saw with some power. Looks like this one fits the bill.

    Oh yea, almost forgot. I still have to frame-out my woodworking shop. Need to take down some old (poorly done) walls and put up better with sound insulation. That makes the third way I can think of that this saw would get put to use.

    Thanks again for the video.

    1. You’re one busy guy Dan, lol.

      You’ll have enough projects to keep you going through to next year.

      What’s involved with your bathroom remodel?

  16. Cathy says:

    Hi Jeff! Your tutorials are wonderful! So informative for us DIYers. Have always been so pleased I found your site. Never a dull moment here!!! A reciprocating saw is such a great versatile tool. Makes so many difficult projects much easier. I will definitely find multiple uses for it. Especially a cordless model!!! Too sweet!❤ Thanks for partnering with DeWalt to provide us all with this great opportunity to win great tools!

    1. You’re so wonderful Cathy, thanks for being a great person. I’ll keep the videos coming if you keep watching them 😀

      It’s great to have the support of DeWALT, they make some snappy tools!!

  17. Mariette says:

    I really enjoy your video tutorials, Jeff. I’m starting out small, but with growing confidence I feel like I can do a heck of a lot more projects. If I should win the saw, I’d give it to you. If I should ever need it, I’ll just have to borrow it!

    1. Thank you so much Mariette. I know you can do any project you set out to do. Plus, you know we’d help if you have questions 😀

  18. Jerry Mooth says:

    Hi Jeff, great video! We are currently planning several bathroom remodels, and tearing out the old stuff can be intimidating. This video showed it’s not rocket science, and I can definitely handle it. With the help of a trusty DeWalt reciprocating saw, of course! We own two houses, and both have bathrooms that need work. I’d have a shower, jacuzzi tub (that nobody uses), and a bathtub surround like in the video, all wanting to hit the happy trail. I’d also use the saw for a bathroom countertop project, to help remove the old one. Keeping my fingers crossed!

    1. Boy, you’re gonna be busy in the bathroom Jerry. Glad you liked with video. We’re gonna have several more that might help you. Funny how those Jacuzzis never get used. The trend right now is for walk-in showers, we have one and love it. What’s your first step in the bathroom remodel process?

  19. Duane says:

    Nice tutorial.

    I have two projects coming up that are best accomplished with the use of a reciprocating saw (RS).

    I need to replace just the very ends of the hip rafters (2×8) on 6 corners of my home (without disturbing the roof plywood sheeting or the flashing). The roofing company that replaced the roof 5 years ago was supposed to do it, but they didn’t. A RS is the best tool to use to cut out just the tips of the hip rafters.

    The second upcoming project is a complete reno of the kitchen. The house is 50 y.o. and has soffitts above the kitchen cabinets (popular back then). What better tool than a RS – to cut out those soffitts? That will then allow me to install new (42″ tall) wall cabs.

    Unfortunately, my old RS (which is over 30 y.o.) finally gave up the ghost and a key part to fix it is no longer available.

    Keep up the good work.

    1. Whew, you’re gonna be busy Duane.

      Stay safe while working on the hip rafters!

      What was the deal with the old kitchens having those soffits? Every old house has them. Must have been a cabinet thing.

      I’d love to see the before and after pictures

      You can post them in the HRT FB Community if you want

  20. Jim Pappas says:

    Nice job on the video this week!

    I’ve played around with the reciprocating saw before, and it does make demo incredibly easy. I was introduced to the tool my first year in college working construction (whew, what a summer) and I also was introduced to the concept of quality vs price. A few of the guys on sites use to tell me that “it doesn’t matter the name on the tool, they all work the same.” After using a DeWalt that year and seeing what my dad went through with his “no-name,” I couldn’t disagree more! The DeWalt name stands up to time. I’d probably use this on some removal projects around the house (old non-functioning gas grill and light post) but in all honesty, I would hand it over to my dad. He’s a good guy, just not wise when it comes to buying tools!

    (hope he doesn’t subscribe)

    1. Lol, I’m sure he wouldn’t mind that thought.

      Tools are so important and having the right one that lasts a long time is better in my opinion than buying one that will stop working in the middle of a project. That’s happened to me and I don’t want that to ever happen again. So you’re right to think of buying a good tool versus one that’s so-so.

      Plus you’re a great son for wanting to give it to your dad 😀

  21. Char says:

    What a great tutorial! Not redoing a bathroom at this time but learning the ease to replace spout, remove overflow to clean it—those two things alone make it a worthwhile watch. As well as the operation of the reciprocal saw.
    And of course to have video on hand for the future.
    Just recently I learned the wonderful uses for a reciprocating saw and have been planning to get one for many reasons………….most important at this time is to do medium pruning. I no longer have the strength to hold a chain saw, jobs too big for hand saw– so when I saw a neighbor using a reciprocating saw I was in wonder at the ease! Size and weight perfect.
    Definitely for cutting so many things around here to lengthy too list– and a real need to keep from paying others to do jobs I could now handle myself .
    Thanks Jeff, Keep them coming. Whether video is for a job at hand or not, so much to be learned in every one.

    1. Thanks Char, yah the pruning is so much easier with a battery powered reciprocating saw. No need for an extension cord or power outlet. Very versatile 😀

  22. Terri says:

    Thanks for the video! I have a master bath that I want to remodel and this video takes the mystery out of the process.

    My house is over 100 years old and it needs so much work. My first project with the saw would be to remove rotten siding. The only tools I have in this house are screw drivers and a hammer. A reciprocating saw would be welcome!

    1. Awesome Terri, we’re happy to take the mystery out of the removing a bathtub. Steve does such a great job in this video.

      You have a great house, as they say, good bones!!

  23. Chuck Muscato says:

    I love my reciprocating saw but the cord can be a problem. It’s always in the way and never long enough. A cordless model such as the DeWalt 20v model would be a great labor saver. I especially like to use my recip saw to trim trees on my property.

    1. Those darn cords can be a pain. I imagine that a cordless saw would be so much better than a corded version for pruning 😀

  24. Henry says:

    I’d love to have one of these cordless recip saws! We purchased 7 1/2 acres this year, and I’ve got quite a bit of pruning, demo, etc. work that needs to be done far from an outlet. I bought Makita’s big (corded) recip saw last year, and love it…just big, bulky, and obviously, tied to an outlet.

    1. You bring up a good point Henry. If you’re out on 7 1/2 acres it’s sometimes hard to find an outlet!!! Battery power is key 😀

      Congrats on your new home purchase.

      You might want to join our HRT Facebook Community. Great people and a place a to post pics or questions

  25. Charles Goodwin says:

    I have a fence demo project coming up. This could be a great tool to speed up this job! Thanks.

    1. Reciprocating saws are awesome for any demo project Charles, especially a fence demo!!

      If you have old fence posts to remove let me know, one of our community members Tim just did this and made a video tutorial. 😀

  26. Terri Hughes says:

    I would use the reciprocating saw to remove my bathtub, it is just like the one in the video. The video was very helpful…thank you Steve and Jeff.

    1. Thanks Terri, we’re here to help in any way. When you get started with your bathtub removal let us know 😀

  27. Roger says:

    I have a deck addition project coming up that that saw would be perfect for.

    1. Holy mackerel, now that’s a project. What kind of materials are you gonna use Roger, wood or something like Azek?

  28. Harley Smith says:

    Thanks for the video and demo. This saw would cut my worktime by more thatn half on remodeling of two bathrooms and a kitchen. I am aware of the problems in a demo and this video was very insightful. THNKS.

    1. You’re right about the time element Harley. Having the right saw is key. What are you gonna do in the bathrooms?

  29. Carol Best says:

    Sorry Canadians are not included in your offer too win prizes….but thank you for the great tutorials and I will continue to buy Dewalt products. Great stuff!

    1. Sorry about that Carol, maybe I can check with DeWALT and see if there’s any change to that policy. Btw, I love Canada. So pretty and always friendly 😀

  30. Shawn says:

    My partially finished basement needs to be gutted before we tackle some serious waterproofing. A recip saw would help quite a bit with pulling out the drywall and studs.

    1. Nothing compares to a recip saw for demoing studs. So much easier.

      It’s been a wet summer, hopefully your basement isn’t too bad Shawn.

  31. Dave says:

    I would love to win this saw! I could cut stuff! It would come in handy for a shed and the greenhouse I want. Maybe I could find a use for it in my garden.

    1. So many uses, too many to think about Dave, lol.

      Greenhouse!! Now that sounds fantastic. What all do you grow?

  32. Jared Dunn says:

    Bathroom remodel next month!

    1. Oh yah!! What’s the first thing you’re gonna tackle Jared?

  33. Brenda says:

    I would love to have a reciprocating saw. I have so many things that need to be done around my house from remodeling my bathroom to remodeling my basement and everywhere in between. This saw would definitely come in handy.

    1. It’s a great all-purpose tool Brenda.

      What are you gonna do to your bathroom and basement?

  34. Ben West says:

    I would LOVE to win this recip saw! We are going to do a bathroom remodel in the next six months or so, and have been following along on this site and joining when we get closer to starting! I have most of the tools, I’ll need, but don’t have a recip saw.

    Thanks, Jeff for all you do!

    1. Thanks so much Ben, you’re awesome.

      The reciprocating saw is a must-have for demo. Taking down doors, studs, bathtubs…you name it, this saw can do it when it comes to demo.

      Can’t wait to help you with the bathroom Ben 😀

  35. Linda Weeks says:

    Hey, Jeff, another very good video, but tell this fellow that he really should wear some eye protection! Lemme know who wins this, maybe I can borrow it from them
    I have project beyond project I intend to create, asap! Doing a little studying up on stuff and your videos are da bomb for learning from! So, yeah, I guess I realllly could use a reciprocating saw. Thanks, and thanks again!

    1. Lol, I was thinking that too Linda.

      I’ll tell Steve you’re concerned for his eye safety 😀

      When you see him work you almost don’t believe how fast he’s going. He’s the hardest working guy I’ve ever seen in action.

      Which project are you working on now?

  36. Linda Weeks says:

    Did I ever tell you how good-looking you are online?

    1. Lol, it’s all editing Linda. Once you see me in person you’ll understand. Me and Chewbacca could be brothers.

  37. Richard Bell says:

    Hey Jeff,

    I bought a house a little over a year ago that needed a good bit of remodeling. So far I have completely redone the stairs, wrap around porch, added a deck with hottub in the back yard, and added a bunch of land scaping. Each new project brings new challenge for me because I have never done them before. The next project I plan on tackling is the bathroom. It needs a full overhaul. Thanks for the informative article, I think it will point me in the right direction. Can’t wait to read your tileing article.

    I just bought the 20v vmax lithium dewalt drill and impact which are awesome. The impact pretty much built the deck for me. If I win, the saw will use the same batteries and will be perfect with my set.

    I will use the saw in the bathroom overhaul during the demo portion. It will be a huge step up from my current saw. After the bathroom I will definitely use it in the kitchen overhaul.

    Thanks for the articles!

    1. Glad to help Richard.

      You bring up a great point with the 20V Max system…interchangeable batteries!!!

      So awesome to have batteries that work with drills, drivers, and saws.

      Man, you’re gonna be busy. Let me know if you have any questions on the tiling, I’d be happy to help you choose thin-set, underlayment, etc. Too many great products to mention 😀

  38. Chris Balt says:

    Just about to get cranking on some remodel projects in our new (to us!) house… Our “to demo” list is no match for a new reciprocating saw!!

    1. Lol, don’t worry Chris I bet you have everything under control.

      What’s your first project?

  39. Linda schirmacher says:

    Hi Jeff,
    I am a retired RN and have done a lot of DIY stuff myself over the years…..except electrical or serious plumbing issues so I have accumulated a lot of different tools. (A neighborhood boy told me that his dad said I have too many tools for a
    A reciprocating saw would be fantastic because I’m doing my powder room starting with gutting it to the studs. I can’t do drywall…too short…5 foot but if I can hold the tool, I’m game! And I do a lot of research first before I do anything. Like your videos…they are sooooo clear and concise. I thoroughly enjoy and always learn something great. Thanks so much for your time, talent and tips!

    1. Thanks so much Linda, especially for your service as an RN. Not easy work and takes the patience of a saint.

      That’s funny what the neighborhood boy said. Sounds like his dad needs to borrow some tools, lol.

      Next week we’ll be doing a video on drywall ceiling installation. Some great tips are coming your way. And you know we’re happy to help 😀

  40. Ingrid says:

    I never realized how powerful this saw is. Great tips about trying to avoid hidden pipes, etc. I think the tub drain remover tool is great too.

    1. Sometimes those little tools are invaluable in the bathtub removal process. I hate to say it but the tools do make a HUGE difference. Saving time and aggravation are high on my priority list. Glad you liked the tutorial Ingrid 😀

  41. Hank Wolgast says:

    My old sawzall finally gave up the ghost and I have been putting off getting a new one because of the price but If I win this one I can save my cash for more remodeling materials. DIY is so much fun and cheaper too I really enjoy your video tutorials and I have learned so much from them. That goes to prove that you are never too old to learn….I am 70 years young by the way. Thanks for all you do for us DIYers.

    1. Well it sounds like your saw lasted awhile Hank, that’s fantastic. Glad you liked this tutorial. Thanks so much for being a great member over on HRT FB Community. You always have great tips for others 😀

  42. LOLO says:

    I love tools and that is one I have always wished I had, maybe I will be the lucky one. Love your videos.

    1. Thanks LOLO, glad you like the videos. It’s always more fun to make a video when you know people will appreciate them 😀

  43. Len says:

    Great video and instructions and tips!
    It would be great to be able to retire my corded sawzall with a cordless one.
    It’s mainly used with a pruning blade in the yard.

    1. I never realized how many people use sawzalls for pruning. Makes sense though. It they can cut through copper pipe then maple trees are no match, haha. Thanks Len 😀

  44. dan says:

    Nice demo. Jeff, if I win the battery saw could you toss in a pulley? Tub weighs around 300 lbs. and I do not know how I will set it back down. It’s on end now and I have to work around it. No reason I cannot reuse it.

    1. LOL, those cast iron tubs are HEAVY. If you’re keeping it you can just demo the tub surround and replace it with cement board or Schluter’s Kerdi board.

      What kind of project are you doing?

  45. Eric Gibson says:

    I would love to win. Being able to cut nails off of old electrical boxes, cutting holes in drywall, or even trimming branches on a large tree. I have may areas where this tool would be very useful.

    1. Reciprocating saws are kinda like the MacGyver of power tools…they can do almost anything. Just lacking one thing, cool hair, lol.

  46. ed welz says:

    Great product.

  47. Karl Bosworth says:

    Jeff, very timely video and great tutorial! As you know I’m normally in AZ, but I’m up in NorCal for a couple months handling my Mother’s estate. She died about a month ago and we need to renovate her house in order to sell it. The renovation will include installing sectional roll-up garage doors (currently 1950s wooden slabs) which will require demo’ing some of the ceiling so we have clearance for the tracks. Additionally we’ll be enlarging one of the bathrooms to connect it to the master bedroom and moving the kitchen to add back a bedroom that had been removed in the 1980’s to make a larger master bedroom. This will include moving exterior windows and doors to improve the flow and accommodate the new floor plan. Since I drove up from AZ I wasn’t able to bring my tools so I’ll be borrowing, renting or buying tools to do the work. Having the DeWalt reciprocating saw would make the work go much faster! Thanks for the great support to the DIY community!


    1. Sorry to hear about your mother passing away Karl, our hearts go out to you.

      You have quite a job, lots of demo work in your future. It sounds like you have a great plan. Especially for the master bathroom.

      Please let me know if there’s anything I can do to help. I’d be happy to lend some advice on tools, skills, or tips.

      1. Karl Bosworth says:

        Jeff, thanks for the offer for assistance, if anything comes up I’ll be sure to get a hold of you.


  48. Ryan says:

    I have several projects on my list that the new saw would be great for including a bathroom reno like the one you demonstrated. I’d also like to work on my basement remodel after we had some water damage this spring, there is some framing that needs to be replaced.

    1. Rotten framing is the worst, just a sinking feeling Ryan.

      What kind of bathroom reno are you doing?

  49. waykno says:

    Great vid! I would use the saw to remodel wherever I did work in the house that could use that type tool. They are very versatile.

    1. Reciprocating saws are great. Pruning, cutting copper, slicing through 2x4s…you name it, they can do it 😀

  50. Patti says:

    Wow, all the things you can use this for. I’d probably use it to disassemble pallets to reuse the wood, but it’s one of those tools you can always find a use for!

    1. It would be great at disassembling wood pallets Patti, certainly expedites the process 😀

  51. I enjoy home improvement projects. There were many times doing a demo which would have gone much easier Had I owned a recip saw. I did borrow one for one project and I was amazed at how easy it is to use this tool.

    1. They are super easy, almost too easy Mike, lol. Plus the different kinds of blades make it truly simple to cut through most any type of material 😀

  52. Dayne Taylor says:

    Everybody should have one. There is a hundred different uses for this tool.

  53. Duane Crosson says:

    Cordless sawzalls are always a great tool to have and with being a DeWalt makes it even better.

    1. Couldn’t agree more Duane 😀

  54. Vince Rosenthal says:

    I always enjoy seeing how a pro does their job. Very informative. I recently moved into a new house and I’d use a Dewalt cordless reciprocating saw for everything from kitchen demo to trimming trees.

    1. Congrats Vince on your new house. You’re right, seeing a pro like Steve remove a bathtub makes the process not so frightening. Don’t worry, we’ve got more videos coming 😀

  55. David Nelson says:

    Thanks for putting together this video, Jeff. And kuddos to Steve for explaining each step. The DEMO is always my favorite part of the job.

    1. Steve is the man, he’s a great teacher and remodeler. I can’t wait to share the other videos we made, they’re gonna be awesome 😀

  56. Nick Conrad says:

    Hey Jeff. Steve needs to have his goggles on. Since the fiberglass jobs are messy, I use a shop vac taped below my cutting. This helps reduce the flying dust & helps with the clean up. Thought about what Steve is doing & I may do the same if I win the saw. Removing my 2 fiberglass unit will give me more space in a cramped bath. Cheers!

    1. Hey Nick, great idea with the shop vac. You always have superb tips, thanks buddy. Sounds like you’ll be busy with your bathrooms. Keep me posted on your progress, and feel free to post your pics over on the HRT FB Community, I can’t remember if you’re a member or not. Here’s the link

  57. Ric Martinez says:

    I’m working on redoing my bathroom right now so a tool like this would be so great!

    1. Awesome Ric, keep us posted on your project. We’d be happy to help answer any questions 😀

  58. Patricia Dollar says:

    Wow Jeff, I just watched this video tutorial. This is the exact project I need to do ASAP. I took a fall in the bathtub and I now have a basketball hole in the inside wall of my tub-surround combo which is currently patched with duct tape. I was wondering just how I could get this mess out and replace the tub either with another tub-surround combo or tub with tile. Sticking with the combo would definitely be the less expensive alternative. That reciprocating saw would be a life saver and the tips in the video are a great asset. Thank you for adding this video which came at the most appropriate time for me. 🙂

    1. Oh my gosh, are you ok? Falling in the bathtub isn’t any fun.

      Fiberglass is a cheaper option. Tile is better for the overall look. Steve and I are working on tiling videos. So those will be coming down the road 😀

  59. Judy Nichols says:

    I would love to win the saw…..I’m a widow and a bit of a dyi’er. If I ever get my boomerang children out of the house, I’ll me redoing their bath!

  60. Ashish K says:

    Awesome video. We just bought a house and it needs a lot of repairs. One of the major projects I want to undertake is remodel the bathroom. But I want to do it myself instead of hiring contractors and save tens of thousands of dollars. I’m sure the saw will come in handy.

  61. Barbara Curtis says:

    Your videos and tips come in handy. Thanks. I’d use the reciprocating saw to help cut out our old tub surround and a wall which needs removing in our kitchen renovation. I’m the handyman in our family and need the saw to help in areas where I don’t have the strength of a man.

  62. Chip says:

    Great video Jeff! I could really use a saw like that. Very versatile and even more so because it’s cordless! Thanks for the video. Can’t wait to see more.

  63. Troy Gibson says:

    Oh my there is plenty for me to demo! I got walls i need removed! Would be a great prize!

  64. Wendy Gibson says:

    My husband needs new tools, I want him to start redoing our closet so I can finally have room for my shoes! This may get him motivated to start…now finishing is a different story!

  65. Darbi H says:

    Gotta some old deck removal to do, this should cut through it like butter!

  66. Larry Doyle says:

    Oh, what damage I could do with this saw. Lots of drywall that needs to come down.

  67. Pam Boatwright says:

    I love your tutorials. Thank you so much. I’m a city girl who moved out to a farm several years ago, and my son built a really nice chicken coop for my chickens. It blew completely over during the tornados here in OK. I am 65 year old single woman, and I am going to try to repair the chicken coop myself. I don’t really have many tools, and I would love the saw. I am so excited to fix the coop, and I’m ready to build something. I know I can do it. Again, thanks for your tutorials.

  68. jordon gingrich says:

    Would love this saw. Me and my family are about to purchase are first home. There is gonna be a ton of remodeling projects this saw would be a big help thanks

  69. Ernie says:

    This would be an awesome saw to have. I’d use it to take apart all the shelving units the previous owner built in the basement and garage.

  70. pam says:

    I would use it in my bathroom remodel and wherever else needed!

  71. Lisa G says:

    I would use it for our new deck that we’re trying to build, and I would love to take out our whirlpool tub that never gets used! Thanks for the chance!

  72. Darcy says:

    Hello, I just found ur channel & website and am thrilled as I am a single mother of 2 sons, they’re young men now in early 20’s but we have always been EXTREME DIY’ers…I raised them w/no tv in the house & when ppl hear that they always ask me in horror “NO TV??? What did u do w/them?” I always said we made stuff and fixed stuff.”.
    It got to the point in our old neighborhood, that the neighbors would call up and tell us what they had broken to see if myself or 1 of the boys wanted a shot at fixing it b4 it went to garbage…
    Then 1 day the boys, aged 5 and 8, were sobbing in backyard I ran out to see what was wrong, I saw wires the guts of 2 old stereos, broken dressers,toys, lumber & parts unknown, scattered all over the yard but all seemed fine. They both came to me near hysterical and & took turns telling me their dilema,.. “We tried turning our Tonka trucks into remote control cars but it didnt work, so then we tried to build a time travel machine and it didnt work either so can we please build monkey bars in our bedroom like they have @ Discovery Zone?” ..I could not have been more porud of my babies.
    That was when i felt like I was doing a good thing by not having tv…
    Anyway we had a reciprocating saw, but it was stolen along w/most of our tools, the list would make ya cry.. And we used it to build a home out of an old loft in a factory building, when my work demanded me to move closer to the city. We are not city folks we need space and many projects so we have bought land in Oregon and are going to be doing an off the grid solar/heirloom seed family farm… So any tools we can get we need and use and respect.
    I have used Dewalt for yrs in fact Ive been using a Dewalt drill all nite installing Myrtle wood shelves and building a cold frame storage for our Fall veggies, great products and now a great channel to watch on Yt for help…((The boys still dont know I come to internet for help w/EVERYTHING they think i just know it all already!!! Moms secret LOL))
    Cheers and thank u for awesome channel

  73. Karen says:

    I am currently finishing a kitchen remodel, but my bathroom is next and that would come in SO handy!! Would love to win it! Thanks.

  74. Dale C. McKillips says:

    Great tips. I actually just did this a week ago with a reciprocating saw. I had know problems other than the blade dulling. It would have been nice to see these tips first; it may have went even quicker and easier.


  75. Excellent tutorial on tools recommended n steps to remove surround bathroom tub. I have been hoping for a reciprocating saw sooo much these last few months to cut front porch boards that are in need of replacing, for the bathroom tub project, and for a wall project thank you for opportunity to win one and for the tuotrial ginny

  76. Stacia Bearden says:

    Is there anyway the front of our one piece acrylic tub unit can be cut down in the front to a height of 4 inches so it will not be so hard to get into the tub. We built our home 40 years ago but now we are elderly and it is getting increasingly difficulty to step over the side of the tub to get in. Also, our house was built on a concrete slab so the drain goes through the cement

  77. Juanita Morrison says:

    We just had a “handyman” remove a fiberglass tub and surround in our beach home. Apparently he’s not the smartest tool in the box, because we are totally distraught as we walked into the house and found every square inch covered in thick dust from the fiberglass and the partial drywall removal. No plastic tarps or any covering were laid down and the dust is even inside the linen closet as well as all living spaces. The house is always kept ace clean! What we’re concerned about is how do we clean the fiberglass dust off of furniture and decorative pillows/blankets etc? Is this going to be hazardous to our health as we clean? Do we need special cleaning supplies or vacuum? We’re going to a hotel tonight because we’re too exhausted after our trip up to re-launder the bedding that was all left clean after our last trip up. Just beside ourself.

  78. G. Willert says:

    SAFETY? Where’s Steve’s safety glasses when using a grinder, smashing ceramic tile above his head? If you are serious about demonstrating ‘how to’ tutorials, do the right thing for yourself and for your audience!

  79. Dirk Caledon says:

    Terrible advice about smashing the drywall/tile with a hammer. Use the reciprocating saw on cut the top all around the surround. We do this daily in new shower installs. Less damage and cleaner to repair when installing new drywall or hardi backer.

  80. Eleanor Delaney says:

    Our bath room, with a, I dare not even say the words for fear you will delete me. My husband, doll baby that he is, is not removing said tub wall etc. I just happened to ask the question about getting rid of it. The in’s and out’s of how to. That tutorial is the best easy to understand explanation in the whole history of the world. I think that I could attempt it, even tho. I m older, grey and a bit feeble. What fun it would be. Someone told me that you could not take the tub apart because there would be no wall there. And, that reciprocating ( love saying that word) is magical. I cannot believe what I could do with that if I knew how Any way forgive the ranting, I thank you kindly for the video. Truly it was most formative, Sincerely, Eleanor Delaney

  81. Aimee says:

    Great tips – but I’m going to call you guys out as the guy is wearing no eye protection or mask while cutting the fiberglass! This stuff is super toxic and brings up some nasty dust, not to mention shards of fiberglass that can hit you in the eye when cutting the tub with a sawzall (done it myself).

  82. bhk says:

    We have to have our fiberglass shower stall demolished in our 3rd floor apt because the iron pipe under the drain is cracked. A contractor will be doing the work.
    We have a linen closet, toilet, and vanity. The bathroom adjoins the master bathroom. White carpet in bedroom, laminate floors in hall and entry. What is the best way to cover everything (or remove contents) to keep the dust/debris from intruding. No mention of prep for this in your tutorial, which was useful except for the prepping .

  83. Elaine Hughston says:

    How long should it take to remove the tub and shower surround following the tutorial process?

  84. Sandi King says:

    We are getting ready to pull out and replace our fiberglass tub/shower combo that was installed when the house was built in 1990. Want to replace it with a real tub and tile walls – I am definitely going to be watching a lot of your videos!!!!!
    Hoping this little project doesn’t put an end to our 30 year marriage!! LOL
    Wish us luck!!!

  85. Diane says:

    We have a fiberglass tub surround that was put in home when it was built in 1982. We want to put in a new tub and tile behind wall. I am wondering for the average home owner how long do you think this would take? To demo tub and put new tub and subway tile to ceiling. Just wondering thoughts on that, with planing. I was told by a contractor $5,000 to just tile behind tub for labor only and two weeks. Another said $3,000 and 1.5 weeks. Wondering if doing yourself what you think it would take in timing. I appreciate any advice. For cost of labor we figure we could try to do ourselves. 🙂

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