Congratulations watersoul. Good bargain. We need pictures of your handy dandy work! I am always amazed at how wasteful people are.
Here, if I am doing any remodeling, I contact Habitat for Humanity. Sometimes they will even have people come out and assist with removal. Habitat will use in one of their projects or resell.
I was doing some work at an apartment a few weeks ago when the owner wanted to swap the newly refurbished bathroom and kitchen around, because the initial home layout was deterring potential buyers. It was a good but expensive switch to be honest and I prefer it myself, but the best bit for me was some free ceramic wall tiles.
The owner opted to buy new instead of reclaiming the 'old' ones placed a couple of months ago, so I offered to remove them together with the associated adhesive/grout/plaster rubble free of charge.
After being as gentle as possible for about an hour, I retrieved 80 full tiles measuring 500mm X 200mm and lots of other half/qtr cuts, plus mess.
I then spent 4 happy hours scraping and cleaning the adhesive/grout off all the tiles so they could be laid again as new.
Now, here's the £££'s thing, these tiles cost £35 for a pack of 10 and I would have needed 9 packs for the job I did over the weekend transforming my bath/shower room = £315
I effectively had a free transformation in the value of the tiles:
£315 worth of tiles
I used £30 worth of new adhesive/grout to lay them in my bathroom, so that is a profit of £285.
My total working time of removing the tiles from the apartment (1hr), cleaning them (4hrs), removing my old tiles/prepping/disposal (2 hrs), tiling (5hrs) & grouting (2hrs) transforming my bathroom = 14 hours work.
Divide the £285 profit into 14 = £20.35 per hour for my time...I'm happy with that
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standready on Wed Oct 16, 2013 11:08 pm