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"We had a pipe burst in the extreme cold on a Sunday morning while we were away.
was able to get a team out to our house within an hour of" me calling her the next day. They replaced the carpet pad, saved the carpet, repaired the pipe and hung new drywall. The guys were efficient and the work was amazing. We will definitely use them again.

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"I was able to fix the pipe on my own and skip the expense of repairman.
called me two days later to follow up and make sure everything turned" out OK. I'm still considering their bid for actual work on my house, and will review them separately on that. But this was certainly a great first impression.

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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 Washington

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I had contacted
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to repair a small area of water damage to a kitchen ceiling, and was able to make an appointment for the next day.
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and his assistant arrived promptly, informed me as to the process and afterwards cleaned up perfectly. The work took two hours. They did an excellent job and I will use this company in the future. I recommend them highly!
- Robyn J.
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BEWARE OF CONTRACTORS. PERIOD.
I give this a B rating overall because the first handyman (I believe his name was
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) they sent did MAJOR DAMAGE to my home. He was aloof, very unprofessional, and then drilled several holes straight through a plaster wall as he attempted to wall mount a television. The other side of the wall is fully wallpapered, and the paper has been damaged and has holes in it--this is in my living room. That contractor was horrible and wasted an entire day in my home doing little other than causing damage. He had a p*** poor attitude--stating that "he felt this indoor task of hanging things was beneath him" because he "builds things", and then went on to curse out the woman at
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who assigned him the job as I stood there listening to him on the phone. He also told me snidely that he didn't care that he caused damage because
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would just send somebody out there to clean up his mess--he is just a subcontractor so has zero accountability he said, so he didn't care. Just horrible.
HOWEVER, the
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office team was very apologetically and immediately sent someone out to survey the damage, and they offered to repair the wall and replace the wall paper for free. I ultimately declined because it would be an even greater inconvenience for me to go from what was supposed to be a
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hanging job that should have taken less than 4 hours, to then have
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trash my living room for a day with a construction project that required removing built in bookcases so they can repair small holes and re-wallpaper an entire wall. Just wasn't worth the headache in the end to me, but I unfortunately am stuck living with the damage and am just hiding it behind some books.
Beyond this, they did send out two great guys who I highly recommend--Ever &
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--who finished up the original job that the first guy botched. Ever &
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are fantastic, really reliable, very skilled, and fast! I felt bad for them because they were sent to clean up a colleagues mess. I really wish they had been assigned to us in the first place because they were fantastic. I will rehire them for another job I have pending.
All in all, the problem with companies like
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is that they subcontract their projects to random contractors, and there is little in the way of quality control or accountability. For every great guy like Ever or
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you get a jerk like the one who trashed my walls.
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is really just a middle man in many ways that takes calls for work and then goes out and finds folks to do it. The people who work for the company are great--from the guy that came out to give an estimate, to the person who took the incident report, to the woman who does the scheduling... but the contractors are hit or miss. I recommend that you ask for Ever &
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. Otherwise be cautious because you don't know who you'll get.
- Aisha M.
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This is our second time working with
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and Construction and we have been very happy with them both times.
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is a great guy, very personable, and we have enjoyed working with him. The first project was a larger remodel, around $10,000. This was a smaller job around $3,500. Both projects stayed at the estimated cost. There were periods where
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was busy and slower to get back to us, but overall the communication was great and he always kept us appraised of the situation. One thing we were particularly pleased with is how thorough they were with cleaning up every day, given we were still living in the house during both projects. He helped us with smaller construction projects (opening up walls, small kitchen remodel) as well as smaller
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projects (repairing, washing and staining a deck, small bathroom upgrades). We would recommend them without reservation.
- Anders C.
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It went very well overall. Both gentlemen, the one who came out initially to assess and the one who came out to perform the actual work were pleasant and prompt. My only wish is that I should have had them caulk around some of the windows and doors while they were here. I inquired about it but he stated that it wasn't common practice in his experience. Interestingly enough after contacting an uncle home contractor/builder found out it is actually common practice and a good idea. Was a bit of a bummer as I had at least an extra hour left to utilize on my deal. But the actual work they performed was done well.
- Tyrone W.
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was punctual, professional, and courteous. He was happy to answer all of my questions and showed that he was very skilled at his craft.
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came back to touch up the door frame a few days after he finished and did not charge me for that visit (the wind blew open the screen door when I left it ajar, and cracked the frame again). He was very friendly and fair and I will certainly use him again!
- Simon H.
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responded to our inquiry promptly and provided a quick estimate and accurate estimate of the cost for completing the job. Her team showed up each day promptly and worked professionally, quickly, and with excellent results. They left the job site clean each day and required no supervision. The quality of their workmanship is outstanding! We will certainly use them over and over again in the future and will recommend them to our friends and associates. We highly recommend them to all Angie's List members!
- Samuel H.
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These guys are fantastic. They respond quickly and show up on time to give a quote (although scheduling with the office was a little bit harder than I would like), and are very good about understanding what you want. They did a lot of work on our 1920 rowhouse and I'm thrilled with how much respect they have for our house and how their work matches the original work. The manager is totally on the ball, and his crew are professionals who work courteously and cleanly. Their prices are also incredible. I would definitely use them again and can't recommend them highly enough.
- Katherine C.
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I had an appointment with them which they cancelled. It took three weeks to get the initial appointment scheduled which was just for an estimate. We were going to have to set up another appointment after that for the actual work. I won’t be using them at this time.
- Jonathan E.

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'Mikes Moving Service

3704 N Rosser St

1HandyMan4U, LLC

804 W Redwood Rd

1st Care

6505 Briggs Rd

24 HOUR CONSTRUCTION

3100 RITCHIE RD

3-R Contracting, LLC

237 East Davis Street

360 Painting

101 N Columbus St

360 Painting

4 Swansea Cove

360 Property Services LLC

6472 Pavilion Street

4 Service Pros

2010 Corporate Ridge

4-SEASON CONTRACTOR

4410 SANTA CLARA CT

4A, LLC

3520 Sugarloaf Pkwy

7032579316

12036 Rutherglen Place

A & A ABATEMENT

5344 RIESTERSTOWN RD

A & J Home Remodeling

3212 South 13th Rd

A & L Construction

10621 Oliver St

A Carney Construction

12730 Bristow Road

A GUY WITH TOOLS

2249 MADISON ST

A One Call Handyman Service

11703 Newport Mill Rd

A Q Contractors LLC

6230 3rd St NW
Washington

A Square Contractor

16509 Raven Rock Dr

A Stegmeier

4103 Roanoke Rd

A T Lori Enterprises Inc

7104 Bonniemill Ln

A T0 Z HANDYMAN SVC

1135 DAFFODIL DR

A to Z Decorators

3802 Claremont Lane

A&A Refinishing Services

956 Cedar Grove Ave

A-1 Handyman

4704 Eddystone St

A-1 Installations, LLC

8612 Linton Hall Road

A-Z Home Service

5754 Lichenbark Cir

A1 City Taxi

201 Royal St SE

A1A Home Improvement

229 Menefee Ln

A2Z Design2build

20014 appledowre circle

AAA Home Improvement

6400 Bells Mill Rd

AAA MASONRY

6405 BARDU CT

Aaction Restoration Inc

8324 Veterans Hwy

AAHI

PO BOX 1285

AAV INC

8101 Hudson Falls Way

ABC Design and Build Inc

6715 Blacklick Rd

Absolute HVAC

5588 Shadybrook Dr.

ACA Contracting

5500 Holmes Run Parkway Suite C4

Academy Remodeling

8208 Wahly Dr

Ace Home Services

PO Box 341406

ACE HUSBAND FOR HIRE

3302 RODERICK RD

ACEHIGH CO

4620 Columbia Rd

ACS Carpentry

20973 Great Woods Dr

Action Decor LLC

9605 Watkins Rd

Active Home Renewal

1409 Broadwood Dr

ACV Home Improvement LLC

6748 Jenny Leigh Ct

Ada Karacan

5461 Sheffield Ct

Adam Contracting LLC

8811 Sudley Rd

Adams Custom Painting LLC

7666 Summerfield Hills Dr

Adan Painting

9545 Blake Ln

Adela Construction

10319 Westlake Dr

Affinity Painting

10241 Roberts Common Lane

Affordable Renovations

10218 Rodgers Rd

AG Construction

15733 Cherry Blossom Ln

AHE CONTRACTOR

211 E. Tantallon Drive

Air Benders

23571 Pebble Run Pl

AIR TECH INT'L

7903 Cole Ave

Aisner Management

11727 N Shore Dr

AJ Ross Service

5406 Riverdale Rd

AK Painting

13985 Gunners Pl.

All Around the House Home Repairs

14331 Westminster Lane

All Builders United

6904 Highland St

All Fix

631 Wren Lane

ALLNONE

1617 CHERRY HILL RD

Almighty & Co LLC

3830 Lightfoot St

ALP Painting LLC

4706 Sellman Road

Alpha Construction Services

6603 Ladyslipper Ln

Alpha Omega Home Inspections

5933 Amber Ridge Rd

American Home Service

3416 Gallows Rd

AMERICAN HOME SERVICES

34 Shining Willow Way

American Home Specialists

13221 Mockingbird ln

americans choice services

11213 smithfeild rd

AmeriLatin LLC

12100 Bayswater Rd

AMGC LLC

18534 Cherry Laurel Lane

Anderson Construction

12004 Mastbrook Lane

Androconst LLC

5268 G Nicholson Ln.

ANDY'S HANDYMAN SVC

5801 NICHOLSON LN

ANDY'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

6829 SILVER ANN DRIVE

Andyman, LLC

3642 Denison Street

Ange Handyman Services LLC

27 Hidden Springs Ln

AnyAssembly

1145 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Anytime Handyman Services

14356 Northbrook Ln.

AP Handyman Services

129 Lastner Lane

AP Home and Office Handyman

5809 Bucknell Ter.

Arcturus

8639-B 16th Street

ARDO Contracting Inc

9693 Gerwig Lane

Area Construction

12339 Folkstone Drive

ARJ Group, Inc.

412 H St NE
Washington

Arme Construction, Inc

13317 Rushing Water Way

Army Vet's Remodeling

10560 Main St., Suite 321

Army Vet's Remodeling

11140 Rockville Pike #101

Arnold & Sons Caulking

14 Wallace Farms Ln

ARTISTRY PAINTING

6417 JULIAN ST

Arts Home Improvement

13012 Tavernier Loop

Arundel Construction

8995 Bridgett Ln

ASA Remodeling

10005 Moore Dr

ASIL SERVICES INC

17873 Fraley Blvd

ASLAN CONSTRUCTION

4915 Lackawanna St

Associated Craftsmen

7579 Stoney Rum Dr

ATR Painting & Remodeling

5912 Cove Landing Rd

Aurora Construction

6633 Wind Ridge Rd

AV Carpenters LLC.

6 Tarfside Court

Avalons Design

5438 Taney Ave

B. N. Style LLC

Near Six Flags

B.A.I Construction

2815 Gibson Oaks dr

B.B.DaSH Contracting

13005 Darnestown Rd

B.I.A. CONTRACTORS LLC

3206 ANNANDALE RD

B.K. Services

504 kibler circle

Barry's Capentry

5515 Heming Ave.

BART CONSTRUCTION

1936 BEAVER LN

Base Home Services

14824 Bauer Dr

BCS LLC

P.O Box 1154

Beauchain Builders Inc

15 Barnswallow Ct

Beautiful Home Services

18909 Fisher Ave

Beautiful Kitchens and Bath

2015 Chaneyville Rd

Bella Casa LLC

14216 Long Green Dr

Bellacasa Handyman services.

12464 Oliver Cromwell Drive

Beltway Cleaning Systems

1615 Parkridge Cir Apt 215

Bethesda Home Improvements

10 Old Bonifant Road

BHI

154 SCOTT DR

Bianco Design and Build Corp

7501 Presidential Ln

Black Crow Builders

203 Alpine Meadow Road

Blackcrow Builders

203 Alpine Meadow Rd

Blanca's Remodleing

303 Sunbury Ln

blue sky exteriors llc

5765-f burke center parkway #327

BLUE SKY LANDSCAPING

22209 Evergreen Mills Rd

BM Home Improvement, LLC

2829 Fairhaven Ave

BMC Group Inc

9824 Sudley Manor Dr

BMC PAINTING, INC

11439 MONTERREY DR

BNS Contracting

8308 Selsted

Bob 4 Hire

13001 Buccaneer Rd

Bonillas Contractors Inc.

13408 Tamarack Rd

Bonn Group America Inc

1629 K St NW
Washington Dc

BOS Repairs

4495 Silver Hill Court

Boston Brothers Technologies

10230 Sasafrass Woods Ct.

Brady Auto's LLC

4647 Hillside Rd SE Apt 3
Washington

Brandon Wymelenberg Handyman

10338 Old Liberty Rd

BRANNAN & BRANNAN

619 Varnum St NW
Washington

BROTHERS CONSTRUCTION INC

7411 ROCK PORT PL

BROTHERS SERVICE

764 S DINWIDDIE ST

Brown's Hardware

100 W Broad St

brownoddjobs

1516 commonwealth ave

Browns Construction, LLC

10767 Brent Town Rd

Bruce Schauer

684 Carter Ave

BryZac LLC

4423 Lehigh Rd

Building Services Group LLC

1250 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington

Built Right Construction

104 Dove Tree Ct

Buracker Construction

2594 Stonewall Jackson Hwy

Burley Construction

814 Rustic Lane

C & R ACUNA INC

8318 SYRACUSE CIR

C H I S INC

7482 LAUREL OAK CT

C R Associates

6335 Mountaindale Rd

C&Painting LLC

3906 bel pre rd

C&T Handyman Services

45464 Stoney Run Drive

C-N-S Remodeling

4105 Duke St

C.C.I llc

3804 Perry St.

Capital Area Handyman

104 Carpenter Dr

Capital Housecraft

PO Box 92315
Washington

CARDINAL HOME SERVICES

12524 Rock Ridge RD

CARL'S HOME IMPROVEMENT

4101 Waterbuck Way

Carlise's Home Improvement

11507 Woodland View

Carlos Arevalo

Washington

Carlos Camayo

9290 Towerside Dr

Cary Electric Company

15411 Baileys Lane

CaseCo

125 E hirst rd suite 8-C

Castro Enterprises, Incorporated

751 Central Park Dr Apt 2211

Castro Property Management, Inc

11427 Scottsbury Terr

Castro Remodeling

4026 Poplar St

CCC JOBSON CORP

2414 ROSEDOWN DR

CCD Home Improvement

7803 Old Litchfield Ln

Cecil Construction

4924 Valley Pine Dr

CEMIL UZUN HANDYMAN

482 FOX RIDGE DR SW

Century Siding Co Inc

14115 Mariah Ct

CertaPro Painters of Loudoun, VA

111M Carpenter Dr, Ste 200A

CGI Home Solution LLC

21800 Towne Center Pl

Chad G. Etter

22674 Flowing Spring Sq

Chamberlin-Washington Inc.

6482 Sligo Mill Rd

Charles E. Jackson Construction

709 S Cherry Grove Ave

Cherry Hill Cabinetry

6232 Old Dominion Dr

Chesapeake Install, LLC

910 Chesapeake Dr

Chevalier Inc

2308 Lookout Rd

CHEVY CHASE PAINTING

12408 LIBERTY BRIDGE RD

CHEVY CHASE REMODELING

7722 Whiterim Ter

Chimney.com

10 Old Bonifant Rd

Choice Handyman Services

360 Maple Avenue West, Suite D

Chrisp Property Servicing Co.

125 Webster St. Northeast
Washington

Chryst Brothers Construction

6450 Old Dominion Dr

CHUNG KU

12815 Folly Quarter Rd

CIA SERVICES

PO BOX 21

CID Movers, LLC

4356 Snow Hill Dr

Circuit LLC

8213 11th Ave
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