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If I'm an average do-it-yourselfer can anyone tell me how difficult it would
be to regrout the tiles in a small bathroom shower stall. The stall
measures 3' x 3' by about 7' tall. So two walls of tiles/grout, plus the
floor and ceiling tiles.
I was given a quote of $450 which I think is way too much.

Thanks,
Walter


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If I'm an average do-it-yourselfer can anyone tell me how difficult it
would be to regrout the tiles in a small bathroom shower stall. The stall
measures 3' x 3' by about 7' tall. So two walls of tiles/grout, plus the
floor and ceiling tiles.
I was given a quote of $450 which I think is way too much.


It's easy, but tedious. The ceiling will be no fun. Also, "cleaning" or
"sawing" the current grout with a grout saw won't be much fun either, but
not really that bad at the end of the day. Go take a look in a DIY tile
book at your local Home Depot, or the library, and you'll see how to do it.
Sometimes people give high quotes like $450 because they don't really feel
like doing the job, but for $450 they get over those feelings. It doesn't
mean it will excite them into doing a better job than you can do though.


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I priced some contractor work recently. I got the impression they are
charging out at about $80/hr. In your case it's likely they are trying
to get $500 for the day and shaved a bit off to give them an edge over
the others who might be bidding.

NB: I cut this back to a.h.r only.



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If I'm an average do-it-yourselfer can anyone tell me how difficult it would
be to regrout the tiles in a small bathroom shower stall. The stall
measures 3' x 3' by about 7' tall. So two walls of tiles/grout, plus the
floor and ceiling tiles.
I was given a quote of $450 which I think is way too much.

Thanks,
Walter


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It's easy, but tedious. The ceiling will be no fun. Also, "cleaning" or
"sawing" the current grout with a grout saw won't be much fun either, but
not really that bad at the end of the day. Go take a look in a DIY tile
book at your local Home Depot, or the library, and you'll see how to do it.
Sometimes people give high quotes like $450 because they don't really feel
like doing the job, but for $450 they get over those feelings. It doesn't
mean it will excite them into doing a better job than you can do though.


I highly recommend using a grout cutting bit in a Dremel tool. Using a
grout saw would be home repair hell.

BRW

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It's easy, but tedious. The ceiling will be no fun. Also, "cleaning" or
"sawing" the current grout with a grout saw won't be much fun either, but
not really that bad at the end of the day. Go take a look in a DIY tile
book at your local Home Depot, or the library, and you'll see how to do it.
Sometimes people give high quotes like $450 because they don't really feel
like doing the job, but for $450 they get over those feelings. It doesn't
mean it will excite them into doing a better job than you can do though.



I highly recommend using a grout cutting bit in a Dremel tool. Using a
grout saw would be home repair hell.

BRW

I haven't tried a grout saw, and the Dremel grout removal bit and
attachment worked well. Tedious, but does the job. I believe I used 3
bits for our shower walls, part way up. 3 walls about 4' wide, removed
grout about 5' up. Most important issue would be to make sure grout
space is wide enough for the bit or you might chip tile. I hit a few of
those spots, but the tile didn't chip. Dusty - need mask and eye
protection. I don't remember what it was that got dropped down the
shower drain during the project .. drill bit? Hubby bougght a neat
magnet on telescoping thingy to get it out. Worked like a dream.

I just finished the tile around my Jacuzzi tub. It was a royal
PITA because some of the tile was too close for the dremmel bit. I
went through something like 15 bits. At the BORG they're about $10
each but someone here pointed me leakyshower.com; 6 for $22.

http://leakyshower.com/regroutingbits.htm

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On Tue, 3 Oct 2006 08:13:31 -0400, "Walter Cohen"
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If I'm an average do-it-yourselfer can anyone tell me how difficult it would
be to regrout the tiles in a small bathroom shower stall. The stall
measures 3' x 3' by about 7' tall. So two walls of tiles/grout, plus the
floor and ceiling tiles.
I was given a quote of $450 which I think is way too much.


I purchased a grout remover tool from Home Depot for about $10-12, it
has a blue handle. It came with a normal blade and a carbide blade.

Using the carbide blade, I removed the grout from an 8 x 10 sq ft
floor area in two hours. I was amazed at how easy it was.

Now don't ask me about grouting. It was my lousy grouting that I had
to remove

Gary
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