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Old 10-07-2011, 05:42 PM   #1
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Hi,
My customer asked how long in hours for 2 guys to remove carpet in her store at a mall. 800 square feet. It installed on concrete i assume. She is then going to have a tile guy install tile.
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Old 10-07-2011, 05:56 PM   #2
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How long will it take you to paint my warehouse?

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loolol!!


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Glue direct or stretch-in? What kind of carpet? If glue down, what type of adhesive? What's the subfloor? What kind of tools do you have? How hard will you work? etc,etc,etc
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we were on a roll here Rusty..
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2 guys off the street or what?

I need more details about the guys before I give an answer.

If they are conjoined twins it could get a little dicey
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pretty hostile web site.
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pretty hostile web site.
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Not hostile Seaside, just war torn.

There's a very wide extreme from just few hours to a couple of long hard days. The carpet can be just barely laying there over a nice smooth concrete slab so that you can rip up full 12' widths with one hand. Then the old crystalized adhesive scrapes and sands right off giving you a bitchin' "new" concrete slab! Or it could be down on 1/4" of fresh, heavy, premium grade multi-purpose over plywood. Sometimes we HAVE to use machines. Usually we can just cut it into 4"-12" strips in the worst case scenario and pull with all our might.

Then there's the adhesive removal.

The tile has to bond close to 100% to the substrate with ZERO--------did you get that number------well, close to ZERO residual adhesive. That can again be a fairly easy process or the nightmare from hell.

The guys here are really joking amongst themselves because they obviously have been around the block a few times. They know EXACTLY what I'm talking about.
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pretty hostile web site.
If you think this is hostile, you ain't seen nothin' yet. Whining about it will get you more of it and it won't be as nice.

Now take off the skirt and show a little sack and give it back!

BTW, this seems like a rather easy question, something you could answer yourself. I have never pulled up 800 sq ft of carpet in a retail shop, but I am pretty sure that I wouldn't need to go on a forum and ask.

Get out you pencil and paper, figure how much time YOU think it will take YOU to pull it up and go from there. I really have no friggin' idea how fast you work or how you work. You could be as wise as Solomon or as dense as Corky.
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I pulled 12x12 asbestos tiles from a 700 sq ft space before.

But I still need to know what make and model your guys are
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Since it is a commercial job, we'll assume that it's direct glue down. It all depends on the state of the glue. Could be about six man-hours, or if the glue is tenacous, and you have to cut 4" rippers, you could be at more than 24 man hours.
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The last time I removed commercial carpet I couldn't pull strips wider than 12" without a machine. On the second strip I pulled a muscle right in the small of my back. Given that experience I'd say you should be done and recuperated in 5-6 days. Of course there were other jobs where I probably could have sneezed and it would have blown off. So somewhere between 1 and 48 hours?
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It only seems hostile because you haven't spent enough time contemplating how stoopid it is to come on a forum and ask a bunch of folks how long it will take to do a job that you are in the best position to answer.

As BKM said it could be like taking pizza off of a tray, mmmm pizza... or it could be an *absolute nightmare*; you could be there for two hours or two days.

Here is the answer you seek, "your customer", "her store". Go down to your customer's store, smile and say hello and say this magic phrase, "I need to take a look at what you have". Then peel back 1 sq' of carpet corner. However long it takes to peel back that corner multiply by 800. If there is still adhesive on the floor after peeling it back, take out your 5 in1 and scrape it off. However long that takes multiply by 800.

Smile to her and say thanks I got what I need, go home and add those two numbers, then add some more numbers to that, and give her that, as your price.

But here is the important part. If it really was the client who asked how many hours (as opposed to you trying to figure out how to bid it), this should be a huge red flag.

You want clients that ask you "how much for you to remove my carpet?". Clients that ask "how many hours" are generally getting ready to multiply the answer by $10 and find a sucker to agree to that number.

She will want to know if you are her sucker (almost guaranteed).
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I'll be your huckleberry

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I want your blood, I want your soul, don't any of you have the guts to tear up my carpet?

Yeah buddy, and for $10 an hr I'm your huckleberry
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I want your blood, I want your soul, don't any of you have the guts to tear up my carpet?

Yeah buddy, and for $10 an hr I'm your huckleberry


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haha it must be hard being 5 foot 7 and writing nasty comments behind a computer where you cant be confronted in person. manly men.
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Seaside, you've been a member here for nearly two years, and you take offense at the reactions, some of which were helpful and informative, to a question only you are in a position to answer?

Apparently you haven't been paying attention. Thread closed.

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