Pavel is a very nice guy but the lack of planning, cutting corners and lack of code knowledge is a problem. September 26, I contracted with Pavel to install 500 sq. ft. of laminate flooring in my garage conversion. We agreed on an installation price and I bought $1200 worth of laminate from Lumber Liquidators, which Pavel picked up and brought to my home. He carried it all in and when attempting to install the underlayment he discovered the floor was not level. It's flat but not level. The laminate work crack. He had to reload the laminate and take it back to Lumber Liquidators. This could have been avoided had he checked for level before picking up the laminate. I felt sorry for him for doing all the work without pay and paid him $50.00 for the effort. That flooring project was put on hold because it needs carpet and I decided I'd get a berber and needed time to find the right carpeting. I then asked Pavel if he would remodel my 2nd bathroom and he agreed. I showed him the work and shared my concern about the drain area being tight as 1.5 inches had been taken off the floor joist to make room for the 1" tub drain. I decided that I needed to buy a left hand drain shower pan instead of a center drain pan to accommodate the current plumbing set up. Pavel and I agreed that I would buy the vanity and mirror, shower pan and the shower panel. I showed Pavel what I was going to buy on the internet and got his input. He took out the existing 60x32 tub, surround, the old vanity and mirror. I bought a 60x32 Dreamlite shower pan, a James Martin vanity + mirror and a Leconi 52" shower panel. Our agreement for the work occurred on Tuesday 10/15 and I asked him if he could start that Wednesday or Thursday. He said he had other work and would start on Saturday, 10/19 first thing in the morning. I agreed with that. When we were discussing the job, I had told Pavel we needed a mortar bed for the shower pan and he balked saying that we did not. He said he would install the shower pan on the floor as is. In addition, there was a 5x10 portion of the subfloor cut out for the tub drain and it was damaged due to leakage. I wanted that repaired and he said it couldn't be repaired. We argued about that. I ended up relenting. While waiting for Saturday to arrive, I got on youtube and watched several people installing fiberglass shower pans. EVERYBODY used mortar to set the shower pan. I checked the manufacturers directions to the Dreamlite shower pan and they too required mortar under the pan. I decided to bring this up with Pavel on Saturday. On Saturday he never called, never showed up. Maybe it's good that he didn't show up when he was supposed to because in retrospect I realize he would have done the work incorrectly. Here's what happened; I didn't receive a call on Saturday and he never showed up. I called Monday morning to ask him what happened Saturday and he apologized and said he'd be at my house to start the job at 3:00 that day (he had another job). At 3:00, no call, no show. I called him at 4:00 and he said he'd be here soon. He showed up at 5:00. He said sorry for the delay and agreed to come Tuesday at noon because he had a dentist appointment Tuesday morning. Tuesday he called about 5:30 and then came by. We talked and he promised he'd be here Thursday morning at 9:00 a.m. to start the job. I told him that I'd been checking code and discovered that code required a 2" shower drain. He said not to worry that he could buy a 1.5" shower drain and we'd be fine. After he left, I looked closely at the old plumbing and noticed that the p trap was connected to a 1" tailpiece still in place. I also looked for a 1.5" shower drain online and after hunting and hunting, I finally found TWO. They just don't make them. I discovered that most people (who ignore code) use a 2" shower drain coupled with a reducer bushing to make the drain 1/5". Woe. So, this morning (Wednesday) Pavel knocked on my door at 9:00 to tell me sorry, he could not come on Thursday as he promised. He forgot this and that yadda, yadda, yadda. I told him my concerns about the damaged subfloor, the mortar that was needed for the shower pan and the shower drain not being up to code. I had to show him the manufacturer's directions to the shower pan before he would believe me about the mortar. I then reminded him that the subfloor is missing a 50 sq. in. area and was also damaged and I was not comfortable with not repairing it. After another argument, I finally reminded him that I'm the owner, I'm paying him with good money that I worked hard for and I insisted we do it my way. He finally relented. Then I addressed the 1.5" shower drain. He was surprised that a 2" shower drain is code. When I told him you cannot find a 1.5" shower drain for sale he said they are sold "everywhere". I told him that even if we used the 1.5" shower drain, the arm to the p trap was 1" and it would have to come off. He looked at it and asked me why? I told him that if we're going to violate code and use a 1.5" drain, there was NO WAY I'd allow a 1" pipe in the drain assembly. He again said he didn't think 2" was code. He said we'd have to tear out the interior wet wall (non load bearing) to get to the p trap to take out the 1" pipe. I said fine, that we'd have to do that anyway to repair the subfloor. I like my jobs done right. Pavel said I could choose to wait for him to get his other stuff done or look for someone else. I told him I'd be in touch but that I was uncomfortable with his approach to the job and the fact that he did not show up when promised. After he left, I decided there were too many arguments about how to do the job. I need to be sure the contractor is using the right approach and I never reached that level with Pavel. To verify I was making the right decision, I called Park Supply to see if they indeed had a 1.5" shower drain in stock. (Pavel said they were sold EVERYWHERE.) I spoke to the salesman at Park who said they did not carry a 1.5" shower drain but they could couple it with a 2" to 1.5" bushing reducer. Just as I had thought (and tried to tell Pavel). Pavel simply does not understand plumbing or code. I also think he tries to cut too many corners. Pavel may very well be great at rough or finish carpentry, but I don't know as we never got that far. We couldn't move forward because he kept me dangling for over a week, was a no show several times and didn't understand basic building codes or proper shower pan installation. You might have better luck with him that I did. I will keep shopping for a good contractor.