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"Highest of recommendations!!! Very honest, thorough, careful, detailed, and innovative. The heating system works better than it has in the 10 years since we have" purchased this place. Other HVAC men would tell us we needed a brand new system for $8,000.00, and this man fixed what we had beautifully for $300, did the dirty work necessary to fix the ducting under the house, replaced the coils, cleaned out the whole system, and the house has actually stayed warm even in this far below freezing weather. Extremely positive and professional, cheerful people. Was a great troubleshooter in fixing the areas that were causing the most problems. Have a "can do" attitude, and really know their business.
is HVAC certified, but is there to help you make your money go as far as possible. Very innovative in his solutions to problems that confounded others who came before him. Extremely reasonable price wise, & honest in all dealings, even when he could have been otherwise due to our lack of expertise in an area. Use them with confidence. If they could not do something well, they would say so. I cannot recommend highly enough.

-Elaine W.

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"Prompt, polite and pofessional. Even though I did not use his services this time I will definitely call him for future repair items.

-Pam D.

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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 - 

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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.

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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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Handyman reviews in Marengo

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We were charged almost $300 to reattach a piece of trim that had come away from the brick siding near the peak of our house.
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showed up on time and after some time trying to figure out how to do this, he made a trip to the store for supplies that he did not have on his van. He reattached the trim using some caulk, and 4 tap con screws that he had to go get from the store. For that effort we were charged almost $300. He was very personable, however, my wife and I could not believe that he didn't have the necessary items on board, and that we were charged for him to go to the store. Not only was the cost of the supplies outrageous, so was the rate we were charged. We will not be using this company again for other projects we have, and I will not be recommending them to others as well.
- William H.
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He said I needed a new water heater (which I knew). He said he couldn't fix it until Monday/Tuesday. I told him I had a child and asked if he could fix it so I could have water over the weekend....he said NO. This man was at my home long enough to write out an estimate (maybe 10 min) and couldn't care less about helping me with my water heater. I contacted another company and they not only came out but they fixed it so we could have water until it was replaced (on Monday). The biggest problem with
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is they sent an invoice to my insurance for something they did NOT do. My insurance will not pay me my $540 until they receive the money that
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invoiced for!! If you have extra money laying around then this might be your company...If you are a woman dealing with them...trust me CHIVALRY is dead in this man!
- Cynthia G.
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My husband accidentally backed into our 3 household mailbox post. It was snowing, the ground was pretty much frozen and my husband knew, once he checked out the damage, that there was no way he could repair it until spring. We called
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and left a message....he got back with us promptly and scheduled a time to come look the next day. He determined he could do the job for a reasonable amount (another guy wanted 400-450 for a fancy mailbox which we didn't need) and would come back as quickly as possible.
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replaced the post and put in two new mailboxes for our neighbors because theirs were pretty much beyond repair. He also put new address stickers on for them. Our mailbox was still okay as is.
We were very happy with the repairs and appreciate that he got the work done in such a quick manner since it was still snowing and the mail was still coming!
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also called to check and see that we were satisfied with his service. Yes, we would use his
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service again!
- christina J.
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removed old and installed a new (provided) lazy
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in a corner cabinet, fixed a leaky tub, replaced two broken GFI outlets in kitchen so the outlets would all work (none were working on arrival and we were not sure why), removed an old broken light fixture and installed a (provided) ceiling fan in upstairs bedroom, removed two old alarm boxes I asked them to and fixed a piece of torn metal weather stripping on the front door. It was well worth the $249 handyman deal to have them come out and get the work done so quickly. Both men were very polite and had all the tools they needed to do the various jobs (they did go purchase a few items which I paid them back for- some outlets and some washers-
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provided reciepts).
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worked to solve a wiring problem for a while but informed me it would take way longer than the allotted time so I called the office and they will return in a week to complete the task of re-wiring and hanging the foyer lights and patching up the (already existing) hole in the drywall. Additionally I have scheduled a time for their boss to come out and provide a quote on a larger project we have been wanting to complete.
I would highly suggest this handyman service- just make sure you have a long list! They are really fast workers and probably could have done even more work had I planned ahead and had more material available. I will certainly use
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Rehab Handyman Service again.
- Mark and Martha L.
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I used SnapFix (Angie's List mobile app) to source providers for my Basement Project. I took a picture of the basement and wrote a detailed description An Angie's List concierge found
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and scheduled the estimate appointment.
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is a pleasure to work with! Harol
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, the owner, came to my house on Wednesday, 2/11 to see the basement and to discuss the project. By the next day, there was an estimate waiting in my Inbox.
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's estimate was $1,000 - $2,000 cheaper than the other two estimates I received last summer. My wife and I felt comfort with Harol so we decided to sign the contract and schedule a start date.
Harol and his team started the project 4 days later on President's Day (Monday).
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was prompt, dedicated, and seemed to have a sense of urgency which I loved. A large snow storm hit the area on President's Day and dumped 6 inches of snow. I assumed the project would be delayed a day because of the inclement weather. At 8:30 am on Tuesday, two
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team members drove through my snow covered
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ready to
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some tile. I was truly impressed! The entire project was complete by Thursday at 3 pm!
I will certainly use
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for future projects (I have a Sun Room project coming up in the summer). These guys are professional, prompt, and very good at what they do.


- Steven L.
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had previously provided service to me (see previous review). I asked for him to assess what I needed to do to make the master bathroom more up to date. He recommended installing a new full shower.
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made arrangements to obtain the correct enclosure and installed it over the shortest time possible (including a delay when the supplier gave him the wrong shower
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). Both my realtor and I feel that the work performed was excellent. The office was also very helpful with scheduling since I had difficulties in obtaining supplies for the tile repair in the second bedroom. Overall, this was a very good experience, considering I had to manage this from 2500 miles away! Thanks to
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and the folks in the office for making a complicated improvement easy!

- Wilson D.
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The provider sent a gentleman out and he showed up on time. He did everything I needed done inside the home. When it came time for the garage window film he obviously hadn't applied it before. It took him a really long time (about 2 hours) and it ended up creased in alot of areas and bubbly in other. I probably could have done a similar job. Once he was done he told me it would be an additional $120 for the extra two hours labor, which it shouldn't have been because he was still working on some of the time that I prepaid. I told the owner of the company that I was not going to pay the additional amount because the film was applied poorly and it really shouldn't have taken two hours time. The owner argued with me quite a bit and tried to make similar references if he didn't like something did that mean he didn't have to pay. I asked him to come out and look at the job and tell me whether or not it looked professional. I never heard from him again so whether or not he actually came and looked at it (you could see the
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, creases on the outside of the window), I don't know.
- Sandra M.
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It went great.
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quickly identified the issues with the frozen pipe and fixed it so it wont happen again. The prior contractor I used left a portion of my wall with no thermal break and the pipes froze so bad he had to replace them. Now that
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fixed it I am sure it wont happen again.
He also replaced a faucet, repaired damage in the plaster of a celling and recaulked my bathroom. The faucet looks great and works perfect. The celling looks brand new, and the bathroom looks 100 times better than it did.
Good contractors are hard to find. I will have no problem calling
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again the next time something breaks.
- jesse L.

All Handyman Services in Marengo, IA

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Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

Cedar Rapids Entry & Window

6215 Wayside Circle
Cedar Rapids

Clarks Home Improverment

199 Holiday Lodge Road
North Liberty

Classic Copper Works

9337 Spring Cypress Rd

Concrete Professionals

570 Penn Ct, Suite A
North Liberty

David Evens Construction

307 Linn St
Walker

Doerrfeld Solutions LLC

2612 Handley Dr SW
Cedar Rapids

Empire Construction

PO Box 126
Tiffin

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

HANDYMAN SERVICES

413 E 4TH ST
West Liberty

High Quality Home Maintenance

1323 O Ave NW
Cedar Rapids

Jakobsen Renovations

1406 Jackson Woods Ct NW
Cedar Rapids

JC Address Signs

3351 South Norwood Ave

Kelley General Construction Services

915 Wiley blvd. N.W.
Cedar Rapids

LES DEAL INC

7601 Mt. Vernon Rd SE
Cedar Rapids

Loman Construction

1432 WILD PRAIRIE DR
Iowa City

MD Company

Iowa City

Mike's Services

PO Box 3273
Iowa City

PLAYNATION

190 ETOWAH INDUSTRIAL CT

Power Construction

3161 300th Street

Quality Home Repair

1324 5th St
Coralville

Redbird Construction and Remodeling

2612 Fruitland Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids

Reegans Heating Cooling & Plumbing

4615 Indian Ridge St SW
Cedar Rapids

Roger's Handiman Service

228 Paddock Cir
Iowa City

RoofMasters

5215 S 91st St

Sahara Service

S.No.6, Delhi Stadium
Delhi

Security Lock & Key

1103 W State St
Williamsburg

Spencer Painting

PO Box 406
Vinton

Start Moving

2372 old combee rd 103

Sueppel's Siding & Remodeling LLC

2007 Glendale Rd
Iowa City

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines

Wills Way Consolidated Building Services

41 North Scott Blvd.
Iowa City

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