Quarry tile removal

Discussion in 'Ceramic & Stone Sales and Installations' started by JayP, Feb 5, 2019.

  1. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    So what did you gather?

    I did a site assessment quote job I completed the other day. I caught another layer of tile underneath because I usually pull up carpet edge to have a look to see how thick thinset is or a layer of sheet vinyl. Kitchen and nook had vct base with layer of vinyl over the squares. Customer was a home interior company? I only charged 150$ more for the unseen floor, they understood.

    Do you have quickbooks app? Pretty good for sending quotes. There’s two different ones, the self employed didn’t work for me. Regular one does.
     

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  2. JayP

    JayP Pro Member

    Went and looked at it yesterday... had to think about it for a while as I hate turning work down, especially this time of year, even more so because he said the job was mine if I gave him a competitive estimate (the others were 12-15K).

    Old (what looked like epoxy to me) over quarry tile, over terribly rough concrete. The quarry tile appeared to be embedded in the concrete in some places. Then throw in about 5 drains throughout that needed to be pitched to, and the existing flash coving up the walls -I had to walk away. Too many variables for me to comfortably give a price, and not having the proper equipment to do the job correctly.

    One thing I’ve learned is it is important to know when to walk away. Thank you guys for all the info anyways!
     

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  3. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I’ll bet they did some trenching and the rough concrete is the pourback. Since they didn’t remove the quarry tile the first time around they just poured the concrete up to the height of the quarry tile then covered all that with the next layer of flooring.

    @Mike Antonetti how would you do this demo? Would you grind down the pourback to match or would you leave it up to the customer to have the whole place leveled after you demo. How about just grinding off the layer of epoxy and going over that mess again?
     
  4. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    Ill have to analyze some more. Good pics, appreciate the honesty. And appreciate that you walk away for quicker/better profit.

    I tap on flooring to listen for hollowness. Probably ride on scraper for most everything, demo hammer rest, followed by extensive grinding the balance. Going over options with end user.
     
  5. epoxyman

    epoxyman Pro Member

    Yep looks like a old quartz epoxy floor that was over top of quarry tile and probably was never prepared right in the first place.
    Just looking at you pictures I’d say at lest 21,000 to 27,000 and that’s just a general guess.

    I would demo it all back to the slab and start fresh from there.

    The epoxy can be ground down with a pcd blade but I’d not want to go over that old quarry tile again
     
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  6. Mike Antonetti

    Mike Antonetti I Support TFP Senior Member

    On the down low if I don’t reply for awhile. I’m on one of these. I’m ok Jim!
     

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  7. Tom Potter

    Tom Potter I Support TFP

    Good call jay.
    Its definitely not an easy thing to walk away from money on the table but to me that screams professionalism.
    I would rather eat ramen noodles for dinner than to get myself Into another bind & loose money or not be able to deliver and embarrass myself. I would have done the same in that situation for the exact same reasons. I think customers respect that too.
    Theres a million people that will say yes & take the deposit then "figure it out" later. That's how ALL contractors end up not being trusted.
     
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