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dianepm 09-11-2013 08:26 PM

tiling showers
How long should it take an experienced tiler to tile a 3 sided shower- fairly straightforward walls, no window, etc.

ddawg16 09-11-2013 09:05 PM

Assuming the walls are prep work....I'm a DIY guy and it would take me about a day...but then again, I would also have a couple of beers along the way....

If your asking because the person is getting paid by the hour....don't use that should be by the job.....if your asking because you need to plan around it....then...yea, about a day.

With that said....if the walls are not perfect....all bets are's like painting...the actual painting does not take long....a majority of the work is the prep......and the prep is what determines a good paint job or bad paint job.

oh'mike 09-11-2013 09:09 PM

Usually a day to tile--perhaps two if there is a border or a niche--another half day to grout---add another if there is a floor to tile---

dianepm 09-11-2013 09:17 PM

cannot figure out how to continue the dialogue in a thread on this

dianepm 09-11-2013 09:18 PM

They are doing many things and charge by the hour....however, the first week they went like gangbusters. Now i see little progress

oh'mike 09-12-2013 06:43 AM

You see why hourly charges are not good on a standard project.

Your description of the work must have been missing some of the scope of the work--

Did the job include demolishing an old shower? Adding new framing? Updating the plumbing? Adding a new shower pan? Durrock and waterproofing the walls?

Let us know a bit more about the actual work----

dianepm 09-12-2013 09:56 AM

I am speaking specifically about the amount of tiling. The prep work/ backer board was done. Part of each of two shower walls were done in two days with a contrasting tile row on each if those walls. I did not mention other tasks as the only thing done those days was that much. To me that seems like a few hours for each of two walls for 1 guy. I am preparing to see how many hours they charge me for.
I know that there are several components and steps, but I am trying to determine how many hours just that piece if the project should take an experienced tiler. In the two days I though each shower, one a surround of a standard size bathtub, and one a small 3 sided square shower stall. The plumbing was not worked on on these days. I thought they would be tiled and ready to grout on the next work day.
Thanks for your help!

oh'mike 09-12-2013 10:05 AM

We do them quickly---one day for tile--two if there is a niche or accent stripe of mosaic---then 1/2 day to grout----return to caulk and get the pay check---

I seldom work by the hour----usually by the job.

dianepm 09-12-2013 10:10 AM

Too bad you're not in Pgh, Mike. Ty for your reply

jeffnc 09-12-2013 01:58 PM

It depends a lot on the size of tile, type of tile, and accents, trim and niches. With 12" tile, you can fly. With glass it's quite tedious. With subway it's much slower than 12". With mosaic you can get very slowed down at certain points. For a simple shower, 1 day to tile and 1/2 day to grout. It could take 2 or 3 days to tile as it gets more difficult.

oh'mike 09-12-2013 05:06 PM

Jeff is right about glass or stone mosaic---by far the most difficult and frustrating of the tiles----rocks glued to a handkerchief-----tedious to install neatly.

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