Tile a bathtub surround
In a bathroom with a well-used bathtub, the three surrounding walls need to withstand continued wet and damp conditions, and ceramic tile is a material that's proven itself over the years. Today there's a staggering selection of designs, shapes and sizes in ceramic wall tile that can handle the rainfall of water a busy tub receives and yet remain a tough, easy-to-clean surface.

A tile installer will charge $802 to remove the old tiles and replace them with new tiles and underlayment. The material includes the wall tiles, rot-resistant tile backer underlayment such as DensShield, mastic and grout. The job involves removing the old tiles, underlayment and fixture, and installing new underlayment, tiles and grout and reinstalling the fixtures. If new fixtures are used, it will add to the cost. While the work is underway, it's important to protect the bottom of the tub with heavy cardboard or dropcloth.

Assuming a handy homeowner has some tiling experience, he or she can do the work for $225, the cost of the materials, and save 72 percent. You'll need basic tiling tools, including a notched trowel, tile cutter and nipper, grout float and a bucket for mixing the grout. These tools can be rented where you buy the tiles or at most rental centers.

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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved

$802 -- $225 -- 21.9 -- 35.0 -- $577 -- 72 Percent