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I have never know of any spay on popcorn to have asbestos , but there is alot out there that I havent seen I guess. The best way of removing popcorn is with a 3 gallon sprayer and 12inch mudding knife. Spray the popcorn with warm water, let set for a minute and scrap.

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. 

COOL!!!  Someone who asks a question actually responds.  Rare.  Love it.  Let us know how things work out.

Handyman Services in Marengo, IA

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Big Buck Construction

2121 Goblins Gully Dr SE
Cedar Rapids

Clarks Home Improverment

199 Holiday Lodge Road
North Liberty

Concrete Professionals

570 Penn Ct, Suite A
North Liberty

David Evens Construction

307 Linn St

Empire Construction

PO Box 126


413 E 4TH ST
West Liberty

K and K Services

340 16th st se

Kelley General Construction Services

915 Wiley blvd. N.W.
Cedar Rapids


7601 Mt. Vernon Rd SE
Cedar Rapids

Loman Construction

Iowa City

MD Company

Iowa City

Mike's Services

PO Box 3273
Iowa City

Power Construction

3161 300th Street

Red Head Rehabs

1541 N Laurel Avenue

Redbird Construction and Remodeling

2612 Fruitland Blvd SW
Cedar Rapids

Reliable Iowa Construction

908 8th ave

Roger's Handiman Service

228 Paddock Cir
Iowa City

Sahara Service

S.No.6, Delhi Stadium

Security Lock & Key

1103 W State St

Smock Companies

PO Box 263

Spencer Painting

PO Box 406

Sueppel's Siding & Remodeling LLC

2007 Glendale Rd
Iowa City

Surface Link

4200 Lafayette Center Drive

warren home improvements

2512 SE 8th Ct
Des Moines

Wills Way Consolidated Building Services

41 North Scott Blvd.
Iowa City

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