Getting hosed?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Joelzme, Jun 27, 2007.

  1. Joelzme

    Joelzme New Member

    May 26, 2007
    Work for the mouse
    I have a quote to tile a shower (4'X3'). It's a small enclosure that only 2 sidewalls and pan need to be tiled.

    I will be providing all the tile and thinset (I have already purchased). The only thing I need done is the pan poured correctly and the tile placed. Today I got a quote for $500 for the pan and $800 to hang the tile, $1300 total. This is all labor. Does that seem excessive to anyone? I am in Orlando and the housing and repair market is slowing down.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    That may be cheap...depends on the local conditions. If you have the time, and have some skill, this isn't as intimidating as you might think. Check out and see what all of the home owners have done there. Regardless, it is a good idea to research that site to find out the industry approved methods on how to build a shower. There are a bunch of people that don't do it right (doesn't mean it will leak). Might as well do it right so you will be satisfied for a very long time.
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  4. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    how much do you think it should be??

    if he is pouring the pan, and lying the tile
    on the concrete floor, then tileing the walls as
    you exclaimed,

    how much do you think it ought to be??
  5. frenchie

    frenchie Jack of all trades

    Dec 30, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY and Fire Island, NY
    FWIW... in NYC, that would be a ridiculously good deal.
  6. Dunbar Plumbing

    Dunbar Plumbing Master Plumber

    Apr 18, 2005
    Service Plumber, Outdoor Temperature Relief Owner
    Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati Area
    As many service calls I've done in relation to poor workmanship involving tiled walls and bases, if this guy has a reputation for doing it right,

    it's well worth the money.

    You get the'll be paying twice, moaning.
  7. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    membrane? What membrane?

    you could ask him, "what's a membrane?" and if he says nobody needs a membrane since tiles and special grout are waterproof, then his price is meaningless, irrelevant. If he says a membrane is waterproofing, and it has to be sloped too (to send subsurface water to the drain) long before the tiles get laid sloped (to send surface water to the drain), then his price is good.

    If your walls are perfect, and you have already membranes them, you could get the price to come down. But you would already be halfway into the trade.

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