Re-tiling around a bathtub

Old 06-19-00, 06:51 PM
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More than fifteen years ago, presumably because the tile failed or a leak developed, someone built a tileboard enclosure around my bathtub. They attached it right over the tile. It's lasted a long time, and is apparently watertight, but it looks really cheesy and cheap.

I want to remove the tileboard, remove the tile behind it, and retile. I realize that the wall behind the tile may or may not be in good condition. I don't know if it's a floated mortar bed, or if it's just plaster and lathe. I know it's not drywall.

I also know that the studs inside the wall may have suffered water damage. I mean, there's no apparent water damage, but I'm prepared for that eventuality.

Now, my question is this. Assuming the worst, that the whole wall needs to be rebuilt, is this a job that a competent handyman can do, or should it really be referred to a license, bonded and insured contractor?

Money is an issue, but I also want it done right, both from a quality and an esthetic point of view.

Old 06-20-00, 06:13 AM
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Personally, I'm comfortable with all aspects of this type of repair other than the actual setting of the tiles.

We recently did this in our own bathroom. It was a messy job, but, only called for basic carpentry skills.

If you take on all the demolition and re-building of the wall area then call in a tile guy, you will save a ton of money. I'd consult with the tile company first to make sure you install the proper backing materials.

Old 06-20-00, 01:39 PM
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Thanks for your reply!

quote:<HR>Originally posted by Ted Heissner:
If you take on all the demolition and re-building of the wall area then call in a tile guy, you will save a ton of money.<HR>

Well, actually, I'm going to do no part of it myself. I can paint, but I don't have even the most basic carpentry skills (nor the tools).

It looks like my choices are to call in a handyman, someone who SAYS he can do tile, and whose previous customers give him pretty good marks, or to call in a real construction company to handle the whole thing.

What is it about tile that makes it such a specialized skill? Is it because it's hard to achieve a good look, or a long-lasting job?

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