What kind of contractor to call for shower rip-out?

cinnamonsworldAugust 7, 2010

We have a tile shower that we'd like to take at least the bottom out of, have a new shower pan put in and replace a couple pieces of subfloor under it (water damaged). What kind of contractor should we call for this? (Not looking for bathroom remodeler at this point, just the mechanics of taking down and replacing the aforementioned structural components.)

The shower is in an indented part of the wall (like a closet) with glass shower door. (Not a freestanding thing, no surround enclosure etc.)

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It will be difficult or impossible to remove the pan and leave the walls in place, since the wall treatment is installed over a lip on the edges of the pan.

You need a contractor who can remodel bathrooms.

    Bookmark   August 8, 2010 at 12:24AM
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At least the lowest row of tile will need to be removed and replaced.

    Bookmark   August 9, 2010 at 7:20PM
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An experienced tile contractor.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2010 at 11:51AM
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Go drive by Home Depot or Lowes and get two illegals that speak some English. Get some boxes to put the waste in so you can put it on the curb or take it to the dump. Many trash pick up companies won't take "construction waste" so put it into boxes, tape them up and put out over several days.

    Bookmark   September 4, 2010 at 5:57PM
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Look on craiglist under labor. There are often people who offer demolition & haul away services.

An experienced tile contractor may also be able to do it, for an additional fee.

I live in New England, and I've not been able to find day laborers outside the home improvement stores.

    Bookmark   September 9, 2010 at 9:01PM
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If you use someone besides a tile installer be ready for additional tile work.

A tile contractor should be able to remove the lowest row of tiles (unless the backer is inadequate).

It does take some finesse to get the bottom row out without damaging the higher rows.

Having whomever is going to replace the base perform the removal would be a good idea.

    Bookmark   September 10, 2010 at 9:47AM
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"Whenever you want a contractor, get only licensed contractors for your repair work."

Licensing rules depend on the state.

Not all specialties require licensing in every state.

    Bookmark   September 13, 2010 at 10:15AM
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