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OK - terminology issue here. The "shower pan" is a collection liner than underlies the shower floor itself, and is designed (if built and plumbed right) to trap any leakage from the shower floor and route it to the same floor drain pipe. Example image here, copper in this case -
It sounds like your are saying the shower floor or base unit failed - likely a fiberglass or plastic shower, which commonly fail due to incomplete support under them. This can be repaired if fiberglass, but is not usually done unless just microcracking, as it is hard to find an expert - usually you have to have a car body fiberglass specialist or a surfboard repair expert do it, and the color will not match perfectly unless you get a new gelcoat over the entire base unit. Cost about $300-500, ASSUMING the material can be repaired - true fiberglass can, thermoplastic can sometimes be welded but anyone's guess how long it will last without cracking again, plastics like PVC can rarely be fixed so they will hold someone standing on them. Any sort of repair is likely to crack again, because you have done nothing to remove the cause of the cracking which is standing on a base that is not fully supported over its full extent. Some cheepo or desperate plumbers try injecting non-pressuring type expanding foam underneath to improve the support - this does a great job of supporting it but unfortunately supports mold, so starts stinking in short order as a rule.
The normal fix is to remove and replace it, because once it is out there is no sense in putting a damaged one back in for the small increment in cost. Removing it means taking the shower wall liners or the bottom row or two of tile out so you can get the new base unit into place (because they overlap it), then replacing them. So, the $3000 range indicated is indicative of this type of job, which typically runs from a very low of around $1500-2000 for an identical base unit, to more typically $3-5,000 depending on whether a shower enclosure or tile walls. Of course,when the new one is put in, it is CRITICAL that it be fully supported - this means rubbing plumbers rouge or similar marking substance on the bottom, test fitting it, and then lifting it out and checking that all the stiffener ribs and support pads made contact with the pan, and making adjusments as necessary until it has full contact, then standing in it and rocking back and forth to check for any points not making full contat and fixing them.
The $10,000 plus numbers you got must have been for entire shower replacement down to the joists and studs, and the $30,000 range number would be typical for a full bathroom remodel with new shower or shower/tub and doors and surround, wall finishes, vanity, sink, toilet, and flooring and door.
I am not sure a general handyman is the right person for the skylight. We fix quite a few skylights that were installed by handymen and that could be the problem at its origination. You will want a roofer for that.
As long as you are splitting the trades at that point, might as well get a flooring contractor to look at the floor once you have figured out the skylight repair/replacement equation.
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The day came, and I and my husband took through what we had in mind for the house. We had a fair bit of idea of what we wanted to be done and at the same time were hoping that being a 'subject matter expert' will be able to provide us valuable inputs about what's realistic and what's not (as well as better ways to do the job if any). went around taking some measurements and insisting that the wall that we had in mind to be brought down was a load bearing wall (no, he did not even entertain the thought that it may be a non-load bearing wall), just asked us questions and finally said that he is going to come up with a renovation plan and let us know the budget in a week or so. A week and a call later he asked for another week to get back. Another week, detailed email and another call later, he writes back saying he doesn't think we are serious or informed enough about the project, that he thinks there are too many open issues in the project that he doesn't want to tackle, that he thinks we cant afford the pricing and that he couldn't fit us in his schedule !!!!! i sent follow up emails explaining our thoughts and how we approached his as the expert and that i was hoping to get his inputs as well. But he just came back again saying how he would not have taken the job even if he had the time !
So i asked him to give us a refund for the $35 since in spite of our interest, he was backing down and that too after wasting at least 2 weeks of our time during which we did nothing but wait for his response. not surprisingly, the arrogant man just writes back saying he wouldn't give any money back.
Throughout our discussion he kept on telling us he will be sending us a plan soon - turns out it was all a big lie. Then he was so arrogant and unwilling to listen to us that i told my husband separately that I feel uneasy to discuss issues with him. He was unprofessional and almost cocky like that !
Since then I have found another nice contractor who did the renovation. Guess what, turns out it was NOT a load bearing wall after all and turns out we were ready to spend wayyy more than what had imagined in his mind against us. So yeah, big time incapable that man/company is. And it's true when other people say this man has a big temper !
Do yourself a favor and leave him out of consideration from day one !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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