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These service providers are your best bet to patch drywall or plaster holes that plumbers, electricians and other service providers may create while working.
An apartment maintenance guy (or gal) is typically a jack-of-all-trades, but heating and electrical repairs may require trade licensing.
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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They cancelled it saying I can only use the service after December
I told them I should not have bought it if they would have advertised up front
They asked me to again book the appointment
They cancelled it again
I asked them to refund my money because their schedule system is confusing
Now the good part: the workman who came out, Angel, was right on time, he took pride in his work, and we had no difficulty discussing what he was doing or why.
The downspout issue was a much bigger job than I had anticipated because the whole stack had moved a couple of inches and required more support downstream before it could be pushed back up to the gutter (which, by the way, was 'way up on the side of the building). But he figured it out. Time, and the next rainstorm, will tell.
To reattach the light fixture, Angel had to remove two screws that were firmly corroded into the fixture so that he could take it apart. He first tried a lot of WD40 and time, and when this didn't work he drilled them out. He had screws on hand to use as replacements.
To reattach the shower bench, he (actually his assistant/trainee) took the bench off and cleaned up the decade's worth of shower ick that had accumulated. Then he replaced the tiny plastic anchors that had originally been used with much heftier ones, and screwed the thing back together.
As a bonus, Angel had a trainee along who did several useful things to make the job go better, and for whose work I was charged nothing extra.
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