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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 only negative was the massive amount of dust generated by the resurfacing of the walls - plastic was put around kitchen to contain it, and it mostly did contain it, but some still escaped into adjacent rooms - I don't think there is anything better that can be done about that. - I wasn't really expecting it since I had not had wall resurfacing done in the past.
Now that it is all completed, it looks great and I'm very happy with the results.
and friendly "
Well, "Oh sure" he could...and did do that. He gave us an itemized cost estimate, which didn't include all the freebie work he threw in & did not charge us for.
The bathroom is absolutely stunning & a pure pleasure to shower in. My wife & I do love it! Now when we have dinner parties, we know our guests will have a perfectly charming place to freshen up.
A contractor is only as good as his lead man and his crew.
If you decide to get a new shower with glass encasing, do take his advice & get the more costly upgraded glass. I've walked into too many baths with showers & discovered an ugly squeegee nearby. It's fantastic walking into your bath the morning after you shower & finding the glass is as spotless as when it was installed.
Be prepared to spend as much time as necessary at Home Depot or Lowes (or wherever) to make sure you have selected all the products (fixtures, tile, vanity, lighting, ect.). What you need is a cell phone camera which can take a picture of the item, the product# and the aisle & shelf it's on. This allows
If you decide to obtain his services, you best do it quickly. He was recommended to us by a neighbor, and we had to wait 3 months to get him. I will be using him to remodel my kitchen in the near future.
Once again, my bathroom is beautiful, and
What's important to note about this experience is that all of this work took place on the third floor of a four story condominium. A lot of coordination needed to take place, not to mention making sure that neighbors in the building were not adversely affected by the remodeling.
never reach an actual human being on the other end of the phone. No
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