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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: everysurfr] #2975123
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Originally Posted by everysurfr
Here is the best advice i can give you...

1 get three bids. Don't look at the price. You are actually interviewing the contractor. Everything is about the contractor's character and ability. You are going to get what you paid for. A good guy, with a higher price is going to give you better service.

2. The contractor who does the most work himself is probably going to give you the best job. Several reasons. a) If he can do all the trades himself, he is the most knowledgeable about the trades. A paper contractor who subcontracts everything doesn't prove he actually knows anything, other than how to make phone calls. It could be the blind leading the blind. b) If he does the trades himself, it may cost less. He isn't stacking the subcontractor's profits on top of his own. In addition to not paying taxes and workers comp insurance on employees, because he doesn't need to pay that on himself. Granted, old masters who can actually do the all the work are pretty rare. In the old days, it was the norm.

3. Get out of the way. Sorry to say this, but if your personality is really like how you post here, you are in trouble. Huryanpost and I just told you how to take out a bathtub. Rather than saying, "cool tip, thanks" you said, "but my neighbor did it with a grinder" Don't argue. Just don't do it. Find the guy who has proven himself trustworthy, and trust him. If he wanted to fvck you over, you wouldn't see it coming. Your pipes would start leaking and your tile will fall off the walls a year after he is gone. Find a good proven guy, and get out of his way, and try not to piss him off.

All good advice, #3 is most important. As a part time carpenters helper/ laborer when the customer gets involved too much it never ends well. The Sledge is the way to go for Tubs.

Re: Remodel - advice [Re: casa_mugrienta] #2975124
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Sure, Keith. Just to bisect the tub in half is about 6 linear feet, through 1/4" iron, with a grinder. And then you still have to remove it. But less than an hour with a screaming grinder in your ear and metal dust in your face.

Or about 10 good hits with a sledge. But what do I know

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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: everysurfr] #2975132
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Originally Posted by everysurfr



3. Get out of the way. Sorry to say this, but if your personality is really like how you post here, you are in trouble. Huryanpost and I just told you how to take out a bathtub. Rather than saying, "cool tip, thanks" you said, "but my neighbor did it with a grinder" Don't argue. Just don't do it. Find the guy who has proven himself trustworthy, and trust him. If he wanted to fvck you over, you wouldn't see it coming. Your pipes would start leaking and your tile will fall off the walls a year after he is gone. Find a good proven guy, and get out of his way, and try not to piss him off.



Chill out. I'm doing the demo. That's why I ask. Both times a tub was removed in my building they were split. 2 pieces. My neighbor' a few weeks ago I know was done with a grinder. And one a few years ago was sitting outside in two pieces so I'm assuming the same. I just asked out of curiosity.

My personality is to know what's going on.

Those who do not ask questions about the general nature of things get fucked.

I learned this the hard way after not opening my mouth.

Other than that it's up to the guy doing the work.

Everyone in your field is not like you. Lots of half asses.




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Cool, cut in half.

You didn't ask about how to demo fiberglass, americast, or stamped metal bathtubs. But again, what do i know?

Keep us posted on your progress. Lots of pictures too!


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I'm not sure why you're looking to pick a fight.

It was just a question.

I was hoping someone would answer it with a reply telling me why it was a bad idea.

Most people would not get upset over this.

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Any advice on the best way to arrange payment for bigger projects like this? I have cash.

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A grinder is one of the nastiest tools to work with, dust/particles in your face constantly.

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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
I'm not sure why you're looking to pick a fight.

It was just a question.

I was hoping someone would answer it with a reply telling me why it was a bad idea.

Most people would not get upset over this.

He's an angry man


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BTW

Sledgehammer is probably more fun


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Re: Remodel - advice [Re: mundus] #2975169
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Originally Posted by mundus
A grinder is one of the nastiest tools to work with, dust/particles in your face constantly.

Dust on a grinder can be mitigated by holding a damp grout sponge against the spinning blade. Definitely a pro level trick. Watch those fingers.


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Thanks.

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definitely break it up if you have stairs to deal with, mine was in our 1 story house 20 feet to the front door, my buddy said you can get a couple hundred bucks for it, people are always looking for those for remodel projects, garden planters, scrap metal etc. ended up being kind of a hassle but i got 75 bucks from some guy from Fallbrook that wanted it to melt down and make iron sculptures.

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Originally Posted by ifallalot
Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
I'm not sure why you're looking to pick a fight.

It was just a question.

I was hoping someone would answer it with a reply telling me why it was a bad idea.

Most people would not get upset over this.

He's an angry man


Sounds like he is speaking from thousands, if not tens of thousands of hours of experience. Doesn't sound like he wants to pick a fight, it sounds like he wants to be effective as a contractor. It's how you ask the questions that ultimately matters, and sometimes a rough, experienced based answer can feel harsh to the ego. Harsh honesty is actually refreshing coming from any contractor.

Don't really know yous peoples, just speaking from experiences from the contractors side.

Good luck!


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How is payment best arranged? Is there any advantage to me paying cash?

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Originally Posted by casa_mugrienta
How is payment best arranged? Is there any advantage to me paying cash?

The benefit to paying cash is you attract dishonest contractors that dont pay their taxes and insurance. Do with that bit of info ehat you will.


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