How Do I Remove Bathtub Skirts?

Written by kenneth crawford
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Bath tub skirts are the decorative side panel of your tub, unless you have a one piece bath tub. Sometimes when working on your tub plumbing it is necessary to remove the tub skirt to access the drain and shut off valves. Removing bathtub skirts is a matter of locating the screws securing the skirt. The screws have decorative covers that blend in well with the skirt. You must look for circular seams along the bottom and ends of the skirt. These circular seams are the covers.

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Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Flathead screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Locate the screw caps on the outside of the bathtub skirt. There are usually a couple on each side and three to four on the bottom edge near the floor. The screw caps cover the heads of the screw.

  2. 2

    Pry the caps off the skirt with the blade of a utility knife. Score the ends and bottom of the skirt where the silicone caulk is with the utility knife.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws securing the skirt to the bathtub framing with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Find a spot to insert a flathead screwdriver near the bottom end of the skirt. Pry the bottom of the skirt away from the tub, using care to avoid scratching the bathroom floor. The top of the skirt unhooks from underneath the top tub lip as you pull the bottom. Remove the skirt from the tub completely.

Tips and warnings

  • The top of the skirt is most often held in place with spring loaded clips. When reinstalling, the skirt position the top between the clip and the tub lip.

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