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This is the topic on site today , and obviously everyone protested their trade is the most difficult but id love to here what you guys think .
 

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Judging by what I have to deal with . Plastering and floor screeding are very difficult and getting baths and shower trays level is really hard .
 

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I doubt if there is any easy construction jobs and certainly tiling is not the most difficult IMHO.
However I certainly think it is one of the most rewarding both aesthetically and financially.
You can be leaving a piece of work of immense quality for years to come and in which the customer will benefit in future house value.
Of course if done correctly!
 

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I remember years ago a similar discussion , about who earns the most on site , every one saying plumbers , one plumber I knew really well , said your all wrong ,ask the tilers what there earning , they were all shocked when I told them , one particular plumber was raging , saying 4 years apprenticeship and a tiler earning more , I just laughed
 

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On site if you large areas and the correct tile and a good substrate you can earn good money on low metre rates . I did one site where it was that easy to set out, it took 5minutes from finishing one room until you were putting adhesive on the wall in the next . I could do bathroom walls in a day whereas the quicker guys could get the floor down as well .
 

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I see tiling as the most skilled trade, and it's fast becoming the most technical too. Electrical work is all knowledge based and plumbing, well you need to be a bit special to be a plumber .
 

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Plastering and tiling, then i do both :hearnoevil:
Plastering???? You mad thats eas
Judging by what I have to deal with . Plastering and floor screeding are very difficult and getting baths and shower trays level is really
Judging by what I have to deal with . Plastering and floor screeding are very difficult and getting baths and shower
I see tiling as the most skilled trade, and it's fast becoming the most technical too. Electrical work is all knowledge based and plumbing, well you need to be a bit special to be a plumber .
Check out this guy ,, I wish I could tile with flip flops on , that takes skill
 

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I like that vid, never thought to use a feather edge to screed, always use my speed skims. What size trowel do you think he's using?
 

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I like that vid, never thought to use a feather edge to screed, always use my speed skims. What size trowel do you think he's using?
Not sure but his workmanship is very good , every floor and wall he levels to perfection .
 

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plastering is much harder than tiling, but tiling is more therapeutic and satisfying, but also no where near as hard on the body as plastering .
Plumbing and electrics and extremely boring and I would rather stack shelves than be a plumber or leccy
 

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He's got one of them big trowels I was on about and he's not scared to get a big spread down
 

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It depends on what aspect of tiling you do most, but some are harder than most other trades, plastering is hard on the body, especially ceilings, but it's a skill that is only repatition to get a decent finish, small ceramic tiles aren't to hard on the body and relativly low skilled most of the the time, but doing large commercial or domestic floors at speed are very hard on the body, and it takes alot of skill to get them right working at speed, same as larger tiles in smaller rooms, a bathroom in 900x 900 12mm or bigger porcelain will give you a work out and requires alot of skill to get it all right as these rooms tend to be high end and have alot of niches, and other features plus pipework etc and cuts on show, the technical aspect has overtaken most trades now and only getting more need and expansive, the popularity of mitres etc has added more to the skill set, and stone work takes the pyshical, technical and skill to higher levels. But the long and short of it is, the higher end of any trade is hard as the detail needs to be perfect tiling as it is now is a in a new place and is only getting harder, still don't know if I'd say hardest in any one area but in an all-round mix of skill, technical knowledge and psychical effort it's up there now
 
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I would say a true carpenter or iron mongers perhaps are the hardest...? Though the wood and metals available these days wouldn't be a patch on what you could have got back in the day.

Massive Iron gates get resold on for centuries. Driveways are widened for them rather than trimming them down to fit. Church doors are usually reclaimed for more than the price of my house.

Both dying trades and I guess very very hard as a result.
 

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Those are the words of a man who's never tiled metros in a Herringbone layout !
 

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