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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 Job Was Never Completed.
valve WITHOUT A CAP ONTO THE END OF THE GAS PIPE ! Dumb Idiots.
Over time, I kept smelling this natural gas, lots of gas was leaking down there into my basement area.
I had to call the NICOR GAS COMPANY Emergency Line. I told them I had been smelling gas in my basement for a few weeks.
NICOR found a leaking 65 year old shutoff valve, which NICOR removed, and then Nicor Service capped off the end of the pipe with a "pipe cap" in accordance with the NFPA Gas Code. ***** Long Story:
The owner of
On 08-14-14 I entered into a written and signed agreement with LINK for the following goods and services:
1)) Remove my old Furnace and Ductwork and dispose of the same.
2)) Install New Ductwork and New Furnace for $ 5,100 Dollars. A $ 450 portion of the above mentioned total of $ 5,100 amount was to install some additional ductwork up to my second floor house.
The written and signed agreement between myself and the " Contractor " was on "Professional Looking Forms" that were provided by
Contractor agreed in writing to have the work completed " FINISH SEPTEMBER 3rd" over a 5 day working period consisting of a Wed. Thurs. Wed. Thurs. and Wed. time frame.
As the time of our signing of the documents arrived, contractor/
I went to my Credit Union and obtained a Cashiers Check for the amount of $ 2,800 and gave it to
The 1st day of work, Wed. the removal of the old furnace went well. It took 3 men a total of 7.5 man hours. ( 2 1/2 hours each )
The 2nd day Thursday, only
No workers showed up on this day, and no work was performed. It was a day that was wasted.
INTERESTING NOTE: Right after the 2nd day Thursday discussion as I mention here,
This is a scam for sure I was thinking in my mind.
I returned a voice message to LINK and told him "We are going to keep it
I never did hand over any more money to
The 3rd day Wed. , 11 Total Man Hours of work was performed this day by 2 workers. (5 1/2 hours each)
They beat on my limestone walls and brick walls in my basement with 16 ounce
I knew at this moment in time that this is not a real company. They didn't even posses the most
On this day they made Quantity = 2 1/2 cold air return boxes. They never actually completed the 3 total return air boxes that they started to build.
NOTE: Later, when I hired a reputable HVAC Company to complete the job, the replacement contractor had to rework the cold air return boxes because the "Grills" would not fit onto them.
They were not measured correctly and were not bent over properly at 90 degrees, sharp.
The 4th Day Thurs. On this work day, 2 workers worked a total of 5.5 Man Hours (( 2 1/4 hours each)) attempting to clean 2 old supply ducts that went from the basement to the 2nd floor and were to remain in service.
Then without warning, the workers announced that "
At that point they stopped all work, and they both left the job for the rest of the day.
Day 5 Wed.
I HAD TO FIRE
Our written agreement said specifically . . . START August 20th , and FINISH September 3rd
My small family has been Scammed Out Of $ 2,800 Dollars here.
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