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Old 03-27-2009, 08:27 PM   #1
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I have been asked to tear out a ceramic tile floor for a long time customer and have no idea as to what to charge.I know the backer board has to come out as well. I want to give her a fair price but I don't want to get hurt myself. I have laid several ceramic floors in the past , but have never done a tear out. any help?

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:03 PM   #2
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How long is it going to take you to do it?

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Old 03-27-2009, 09:16 PM   #3
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About a day and a half for two people
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With what? a hammer and chisel? It'd be nice to know the size...
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300 sq. ft. with a hammer and chisel
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Well, depending on what you evaluate your labour as, it may be a job worth doing. But commercially, and given that labour is a major part of costs, and even for 12 sq ft showers, we find a jackhammer more efficient and less costly. Small electric ones would do the 300 sq ft in about an hour, barring any complications.

Now if you're doing this for your mother-in-law, you could take all weekend to do it - and she'll supply the beer and supper too! (sometimes that's not a bad deal)...but if you value your time commerically and hope to be in and out of there soonish, you're best to look at better efficiency.

Bathroom floor demo is a common occurence amongst people who do this repeatedly and I don't think there are many who, using a jackhammer during the day, would do their own mother-in-law's bathroom with a hammer and chisel on the weekend no matter how good a cook she may be.

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