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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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Over an hour late. One screen tacked up but it was not properly done. There wasn't enough screen material but failed to call me to
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the problem. Got back after work only to find the one screen was not properly put on, the
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-pointing was done using a caulk and it was a mess. The shutter was put back on house and garage doors working. Worker left early. The owner then came out the next day, I bought the screen materials, he put them on. They removed the caulk. It was a very frustrating experience. The owner did try to correct the situation and screens seem to be put on well.
- Hope B.
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The worker showed up, my wife explained that we wanted the walls in the garage repaired, he said that the cracks would likely return despite his work. That's all fine, but he ignored most of the walls and was not here for anywhere close to three hours. The parts he did were fair at best. This deal was a total waste.
- MATTHEW C.
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Job was partially completed as Deal was for three hours and tech was at end of day. Very neat, thorough, and informative tech. Waiting for an estimate to complete repairs.
- David M.
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I hate doing bad reviews, but I'm hoping
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will see this and try to make it right. The unlicensed handyman
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hired has just put a
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on our house for $6900. We owe
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$2200 after the necessary corrections! Here's the story.
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took the job in late April. It was supposed to take 2 weeks. We submitted a 3-D illustration of what we wanted.
• He started the job early - we were optimistic! He seemed so nice!
• He subcontracted the job out to Handyman Ministries, the owner is
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, an unlicensed handyman who does on-the-job training for ex-cons, offenders, etc. (
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"the Handyman" stated they had never worked with
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before). Not sure how they found each other...Craigslist?
• Two random guys came to set the posts. They weren't measuring anything and seemed inept, so we asked
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, "shouldn't someone be supervising these guys", he said "no, I trust them with my life". Turns out they set the main post wrong and
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had to redo it the next day.
• In the contract we stated we wanted premium deck boards. Unattractive boards covered in seeping knots with "2" and "3" stamped on them arrived.
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said premium boards were a "gimmick" and didn't exist (and then admitted to not knowing much about wood). We found a provider who had premium stamped boards and paid out of pocket to have them delivered.
ATTEMPT 1:
• Handyman
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(without supervision) built the lower level of the veranda with an extreme pitch - leaving the roof below un-level and "funhouse" like. When we objected,
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and
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stated it had to be that way due to code. (So basically the 3-D illustration we provided was impossible from the beginning?). We spoke with the city building inspector the next day who refuted that the extreme pitch was necessary. They agreed to fix it.
ATTEMPT 2:
• They tried to correct the pitch, but the posts were too short...so they cut 12 inch post pieces and tried to cobble them onto the tops of the existing posts. The inspector rejected this fix as unstable, and recommended they get an architectural engineer.
ATTEMPT 3:
At this point
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admitted to not knowing how to built a deck like this.
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was deferring to
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as the "expert". As the homeowners, we were forced to do extensive research into how decks are supposed to be built and tried working with the inspector to get this done.
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spoke with the inspector and said he now knew how to fix it. He put in new posts cut at the cement level and attached them with brackets. The inspector rejected this fix too - saying he used the wrong brackets, and recommended they get an architectural engineer -AGAIN.
ATTEMPT 4:
My husband and I started communicating with the inspector, who told us due to the blunders above, the deck now needed ugly knee brackets. We accepted the compromise because we just wanted it done.
THEN THE LEAKING STARTED.

• "I'm a roofing expert" - that's what
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said when we questioned how he'd planned to keep the roof from leaking around the newly added knee braces and posts that went through the roof.
ATTEMPT 5:
• After the beadboard went up on the ceiling of the lower level, we had a rain. Rain poured through the fresh beadboard. When talking to the inspector, he suggested we get
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Luccassian in on this. Apparently
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didn't pull a permit with his own license - but borrow the license number from another contractor! (owner of
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Builders).
ATTEMPT 6&7:

• We called
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Luccassian (who is on the permit), he seemed helpful, but this was the first time we spoke with him or met him. We were on site for 95% of the project, and
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never oversaw this project or knew what was really going on.
2 more attempts were made to seal the leak, both failing. At this point we asked for a "real roofer" to install it. We asked
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to have
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stop trying/experimenting.
A licensed roofer they found came by, took one look and said he "wasn't interested". (Suggesting it was too far gone).
Attempt 8:
A different guy came over and slapped a ton of roofing material over the existing roof. Now the slight slope needed for runoff isn't fully functioning, but the leak in that corner stopped. They also installed the top deck railing crooked - so it is off by almost 2 inches! Did I mention near the end of the job they failed to find the vinyl post sleeves? We had to research where to get them and drive 2 hours to pick them up - paying out of pocket.
During these 8 attempts - our deckboards were aggressively screwed and unscrewed several times. In the final screwing, we noticed they were drilling the screws so deep into the deck that the wood was splintering. When we asked them about this, a worker said "it's just a deck." Now the boards are almost impossible to unscrew and are splintering at every screw. We can't walk out there barefoot without a ton of splinters.
FINALE:

We had already paid $8000 to
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(2/3's), and after deducting the materials we had to buy, we agreed that $2200 was owed upon full completion.
We asked that the deckboards that had been destroyed on the 8 attempts be replaced, and that then we would pay him and call it a day. The top level is the worst - because of all the roof redo's.
He said no, his unlicensed handyman who botched the job was now in charge.
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(the guy on the license) won't return calls.

These guys have left us NO OPTIONS. We are now in the process of finding a lawyer, and filling out "statement of complaints" for both
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and
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Builders to the State Licensing Board. We also plan to file with the BBB...please email me if you have any other suggestions!
Oh, and the beadboard started leaking....AGAIN!!!!!!!



- Cathy V.
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Called up
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and she made an accommodation in schedule to get out quickly to our minor issue. Professional, responsive and a quality job.
- Adam C.
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Superb. Very honest and competent. A total pleasure to deal with. I have dealt with many contractors over the years and
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is top shelf!!! Way better choice than
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, who only wanted to sell as many windows as they could!

- michael O.
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was extremely responsive from the first phone call I made to him. He picked up my phone call on Day 1 and told me he was busy but because we were looking to move quickly he would accommodate what we needed. He was able to make it out to review the work we needed by that weekend. He provided a very affordable quote within 2 days. He was out the following week to do the repairs and had them all finished by 4pm. He worked around our schedule (we have 2 children under the age of 3) to start a little later than usual and was still wrapped up by 4pm. Overall the finished outcome was exactly what I was looking for, he went above and beyond my expectation and it looks as if repairs were never done.
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was very professional, responsive, diligent and paid close attention to the details. I would recommend and hire
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again in a heartbeat.
- David M.
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and his team came to my house at 3:15pm to install a vent on the side of my home for a portable AC.
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got the job done very quick but did quality work. Very clean install and left little to no mess inside the home after. I haven't seen a
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that put that much detail in their job as
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did, and that was the best thing.
- Vikrant M.

Handyman Services in Rockford, IL

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3 brothers handyman service

1109 colonial dr
Machesney Park

5 Star Remodeling Inc

PO Box 338
Elk Grove Village

A/C's Best Cooling and Heating Co.

201 Talladega Dr. Sw
Poplar Grove

Absolute Water Spas and Pools

11039 Main St
Roscoe

Affordable Painting Services Inc

5702 Elaine Drive
Rockford

All In One Contractor

44 Manchester Rd
South Beloit

All Property Services

5411 East State Street #334
Rockford

All Star Installations Inc

1007 Rand Rd
Mchenry

amigos flat concrete

2838 marshall st
Rockford

Angel Handy Services Co

2424 Barrington Pl
Rockford

Archie Handyman Services

1009 Brentwood Rd
Machesney Park

Arnold's Construction

8916 RT 76
Belvidere

Aspen Renovations

1948 Gateway Center Dr. #282
Belvidere

Besco Air Inc

5406 N Elston Ave
Chicago

Beyer Builders Inc

2545 Spring Creek Rd
Belvidere

BILL'S HANDYMAN SVC

3517 TEAL LN
Rockford

Bolhous Carpentry

304 Errett Rd
Rochelle

Bruce Rudie Handyman Service Inc

5591 Lambeth Ln
Rockford

Budget Right Handyman

1000 N Taylor Ave
Oak Park

Butch's Home Renovation

1702 Windsor Rd #2255
Loves Park

Cahaba Scapes

2130 11th avenue north

CLARK CONSTRUCTION

121 HANOVER STREET

Classic Copper Works

9337 Spring Cypress Rd

D&T Construction

4570 W Basswood Rd
Orangeville

DAN THOMPSON CONSTRUCTION

237 TEAKWOOD RD
Machesney Park

Dave Benjamin Construction

7223 Mccurry Rd
Roscoe

Dave's Contracting & Cleaning Inc

All over Illinios
Plainfield

Davidson Services Inc.

123 Center Cross St
Sycamore

Do It 4 U Home Improvement

306 N Charles St
Cortland

DOUG'S HANDYWORK SVC

2115 OXFORD ST
Rockford

Drda Renovation and Remodeling

2031 3rd Ave
Rockford

Duckie Construction

Poplar Grove

Elite Remodeling Group

5411 E State St
Rockford

EUGENE'S HANDYMAN SVC

924 8TH AVE
Rockford

Exterior Touch Inc.

12610 Waverly RD.

Factory Plaza Inc

429 Evergreen St
Bensenville

Freedom Builders & Remodelers

1125 Milford Ave
Rockford

Gunderson Carpentry

876 Dekalb Ave
Sycamore

Handyman Matters of Rockford

507 Zierke Ct
Winnebago

Handyman Services

131 Tilton Park Dr.
Dekalb

Hegbom Remodeling

110 Prince Ct SE
Poplar Grove

Hire-A-Handyman

4894 Brookview Rd
Rockford

Home Repairs R' Us Inc

12328 S Loveland St
Alsip

Honey do handyman services

3414 N View Rd
Rockford

HOUSE CO

1432 MYOTT AVE
Rockford

Impressions Flooring

2109 Shaw Woods Dr.
Rockford

Integrity Building & Remodeling

5110 Highcrest Rd.
Rockford

J & M Home Services

P.O. BOX 1787
Belvidere

J & S SPECIALTY SERVICES INC

PO BOX 15931
Loves Park

J R'S MOBILE HOME SVC

4990 GUILFORD RD
Rockford

Jim Holder Heating & A/C

978 Old Ralston Rd
Machesney Park

JOHNNY COX

6420 GUILFORD RD
Rockford

K & N Services

9920 W St Rd 213

K and K Quality Construction

25619 Jackson Rd.
Marengo

K and P Mobile home specialist

430 dewey st
Freeport

Kaiser Custom Interiors

N 11th St
Dekalb

Knopp Construction, Inc.

5032 Bent Tree Ct.
Rockford

Kraig Jensen

Rockford

LARRY THE HANDYMAN

810 S GREENVIEW AVE
Rockford

Lewis Tucker Construction

9116 Kipling Way
Machesney Park

Lil Ducklins Handyman Service

12570 Dorr Rd
Rockton

Lil Ducklins Handyman Service

12570 Dorr Rd
Rockton

METICULOUS MAINTENANCE

2753 SOLAND DR
Rockford

Mid Northern Construction

412 E Dixon St
Polo

Mike Bell Drywall

2330 North Street

MPO Builders Inc

5739 N Ottawa Ave
Chicago

NFC Home Services

2323 25th St.
Rockford

North Shore Insulation Co. Inc

2242 Surry St.
Sycamore

OLD FART HANDYMAN

1724 Barton BLVD
Rockford

OLD FELLOW ADEPT REPAIRING

1724 BARTON BLVD
Rockford

Oxford Handyman Service

1406 20th Street
Rockford

Peak Exteriors

One Court Place
Rockford

PLAYNATION

190 ETOWAH INDUSTRIAL CT

Prestige Building & Remodeling

11218 Joncey Dr.
Roscoe

Pro-Xteriors, Inc.

7117 Clinton Road
Loves Park

Redwood Builders

5 Primrose Ln
Sycamore

Rent A Hubby

600 E. Lincoln Hwy Unit 114
Dekalb

Rent-a-Son

17294 Sumner Rd.
Pecatonica

RJ Graham Plumbing Inc

9735 W 191st
Mokena

Rocktown General Service

5430 Granite Dr
Loves Park

RU-N-Need

PO BOX 15732
Loves Park

RU-N-NEED services

333 east state
Loves Park

Rucker Fencing

1111 Taylor st

S & R CUSTOM HOMES

5518 KILBURN AVE
Rockford

Schleich Building Services

838 Stuyvesant Dr.
Loves Park

Services by Gary

5445 Pebble Creek Trail
Loves Park

Sharp Renovations Inc.

2021 Hillsdown Rd
Davis

SHERMAN YOHO

626 CHISHOLM TRL
Rockford

Smyth Service Company

1511 N. Springfield Ave
Rockford

Start Moving

2372 Old Combee Rd 103

STEVE'S POORMAN HANDYMAN SVC

3215 SANDY HOLLOW RD
Rockford

TBR Electric Co

2826 W Rascher Ave
Chicago

The Oak Crest Group, LLC.

641 Glacier Court
Roselle

THE TILE LADY

1610 YONGE ST
Rockford

Twins Painting

1821 Edgewood Rd
Waukegan

We Can Fix That

6153 11th st
Rockford

Wisz Choice Construction

209 South Bluff
South Beloit

Woodworks Contracting

6483 E Oakhill Rd
Stillman Valley

Yo-Boy Nem Maintenance Unlimited

2839 17 th st.
Rockford

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