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Recent Review: Water heater was a success. They discovered that the anode was expired and replaced it which saved the tank. Regarding the shower drain, they talked me into replacing the existing plastic drain insert (which was leaking) with a brass insert. Said it would be better in the long run. I agreed. Book rate for that repair was $260 + tx. Used silicone vs. plumbers putty to seal. I questioned this but plumber stood his ground stating silicone was only way to go. Said to wait 4 hours before use. We waited 12 hours and took morning showers. Leaked like crazy and got basement very wet.Nothing ruined but made a mess. Called them and they came back out later that day. I had to burn 2 more hours of vacation to meet them. Surprise! They used plumbers putty this time. and no more leak. They were polite and professional. I guess I am neutral as to whether I would use them again.  Feel there are alternatives out there for less $ and not cost me 2 visits home during my work day.
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Business Description: 1 employee. No subs. Charges determined by the job. Travel charges apply for out of area service calls. Financing is only for large jobs. Licensed
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Recent Review: Response to all inquiries very fast. Visit to home to get details of work needed and offer job estimates soon after inquiry. All work done on time, very professionally and competitively priced. Workers were all pleasant and cleaned up after themselves. Recently I inquired about a shower door and expressed a need to have the job done within 2 weeks if at all possible. Done Done was able to find a door that fit my specifications and have it installed within 2 days. It is rare to find people willing to accommodate a customer like that and I really appreciated that effort. The front deck is very nice, adds a lot to the house's curb appeal, have received many compliments on it.
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Recent Review: The work was done in conjunction with rebuilding an older tile shower that was leaking badly. I let Bill's Plumbing know how the tile work was progressing, and they made about 3 visits over the course of the job. It was easy for me to coordinate their visits with the tile contractor. I love my new, non-leaking shower! I have used Bill's Plumbing before, to repair worn out plumbing in my 1960's house. They are very good at this sort of repair work, and very reasonably priced. On the first visit, I had the plumber replace a corroded sink trap. The pipe was so far gone that it broke off way back inside the wall. I was worried about how he was going to fix it and get everything back together again without putting a big hole in the wall, but he fixed it all up and got the new pipe in without the slightest trouble. Obviously, he knew how to handle this sort of repair/retrofit job, and that's the kind of plumber you want when you have an older house. Ones who specialize in new construction and/or new houses won't have the resourcefulness to deal with the problems you run into in an older house. In this case, the plumber also went above and beyond, doing some work that was not strictly plumbing (e.g. shoring up my subfloor and putting in a new plywood subfloor) because the tile contractor couldn't/didn't want to do it when the subfloor damage ended up being worse than expected. I appreciated not having to find someone else to do the subfloor repairs. I will definitely call Bill's Plumbing again whenever I have plumbing problems.
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Business Description: Additional Contact: Dan (319) 784-7260. Locally owned & operated. Two employees. Over 25 years experience. No subs used. Charges are determined by the hour or the job. Travel charge of $35/hour (7/27/12). After-hours or overtime charges can apply, ask for details.

Reviews for Shower Drain Installation in Blairstown

CBenjamin Franklin Plumbing
Water heater was a success. They discovered that the anode was expired and replaced it which saved the tank. Regarding the shower drain, they talked me into replacing the existing plastic drain insert (which was leaking) with a brass insert. Said it would be better in the long run. I agreed. Book rate for that repair was $260 + tx. Used silicone vs. plumbers putty to seal. I questioned this but plumber stood his ground stating silicone was only way to go. Said to wait 4 hours before use. We waited 12 hours and took morning showers. Leaked like crazy and got basement very wet.Nothing ruined but made a mess. Called them and they came back out later that day. I had to burn 2 more hours of vacation to meet them. Surprise! They used plumbers putty this time. and no more leak. They were polite and professional. I guess I am neutral as to whether I would use them again.  Feel there are alternatives out there for less $ and not cost me 2 visits home during my work day.
- Richard M....
DBenjamin Franklin Plumbing
They cut two holes in the kitchen ceiling below the shower to make the repairs and declined to patch the holes or recommend anyone who could. This additional ceiling drywall patch work was quoted to me at $200 after I already paid Benjamin Franklin $640 for only a couple hours of work maximum and inexpensive parts. I found out later from local plumbers that I was way overcharged and that others would've done the both the plumbing and drywall patching for substantially less than $600.The Benjamin Franklin plumbers engage heavily in "up-selling" throughout the process, trying to sell you unnecessary long-term maintenance and insurance contracts. Definitely got the feeling that profit-maximization is a primary goal of the owner.
- Chad Z....
ADone Done Services
Response to all inquiries very fast. Visit to home to get details of work needed and offer job estimates soon after inquiry. All work done on time, very professionally and competitively priced. Workers were all pleasant and cleaned up after themselves. Recently I inquired about a shower door and expressed a need to have the job done within 2 weeks if at all possible. Done Done was able to find a door that fit my specifications and have it installed within 2 days. It is rare to find people willing to accommodate a customer like that and I really appreciated that effort. The front deck is very nice, adds a lot to the house's curb appeal, have received many compliments on it.
- Cynthia D....
ABILL'S PLUMBING INC
The work was done in conjunction with rebuilding an older tile shower that was leaking badly. I let Bill's Plumbing know how the tile work was progressing, and they made about 3 visits over the course of the job. It was easy for me to coordinate their visits with the tile contractor. I love my new, non-leaking shower! I have used Bill's Plumbing before, to repair worn out plumbing in my 1960's house. They are very good at this sort of repair work, and very reasonably priced. On the first visit, I had the plumber replace a corroded sink trap. The pipe was so far gone that it broke off way back inside the wall. I was worried about how he was going to fix it and get everything back together again without putting a big hole in the wall, but he fixed it all up and got the new pipe in without the slightest trouble. Obviously, he knew how to handle this sort of repair/retrofit job, and that's the kind of plumber you want when you have an older house. Ones who specialize in new construction and/or new houses won't have the resourcefulness to deal with the problems you run into in an older house. In this case, the plumber also went above and beyond, doing some work that was not strictly plumbing (e.g. shoring up my subfloor and putting in a new plywood subfloor) because the tile contractor couldn't/didn't want to do it when the subfloor damage ended up being worse than expected. I appreciated not having to find someone else to do the subfloor repairs. I will definitely call Bill's Plumbing again whenever I have plumbing problems.
- Martha T....
FMagick Men Maintenance
I hired Magick Men Maintenance to finish my bathroom and install heat runs in the basement on March 30, 2013. The start date was March 25 2013. The initial payment of $1500 was given to them on March 25.  The first thing that I did wrong was to trust them by giving the worker (Dan) my credit card the first day work began, so that he could  go and purchase the materials he needed to complete the job. I should have gone with him. He purchased way too much materials. I have 100 feet of pec line that I can't use and can't return. He purchased two brass manifolds that he didn't even use. Luckily I got my money back for them. He purchased a huge box of framing nails that he only used maybe 1/10 of. I have no use for the remainder. He purchased 16 extra feet of 6 inch heat runs that I can't return or use.    After work began, one of the first things that I noticed after he set the two piece shower was that there was a large gap on the long side of the shower between the two pieces. The sides on each end did not have that big of a gap. Dan said that was normal. When he installed the water lines he ran them outside of the wall structure. I told him in the beginning that I will be installing drywall on the back side. Since the lines were outside the wall I would not be able to hang the drywall. He moved them but was not very polite about it and told me that he did not know that I would be installing drywall there.   After he finished installing the plumbing, the hot and cold water lines were mounted 12 inches apart. He knew that I had a pedestal sink. When I confronted him about the lines being visible once the pedestal was installed,  he told me that there was nothing he could do about it. I should have insisted that he move them close together, but I didn't want to make any waves. At this point, I just wanted my bathroom finished and him gone as soon as possible. After the rough in was done, I had it inspected by the city of Marion. The first thing the inspector asked me was where is my mechanical permit for installing the heat runs and bathroom vent. When I confronted Dan he was really surprised that a mechanical permit was required. I didn't know that one was required either. However, everyone is telling me now that one is required and he should have known that. The inspector also said that the heat register in the bedroom had to be moved to the window area and that a cool air return had to be installed. I had to hire a licensed HVAC person to pull the permit move the register in the bedroom and install a cool air return in the bedroom.  I already paid Magick Men to do that. Dan told me that he was not going to pay for their work.  After the work the inspector had instructed me to do was completed  (with the excepotion of the batroom vent flea hose being installed) I paid Magick Men another $1300. They told me tto give them a call to finish the job. once I have the floor installed in the bathroom, the bathroom painted, and the ceiling ready to be installed in the area where the flex hose for the bathroom vent was going to be mounted to the outside. I initially called Dan on April 8 (Monday) and told him that I was ready for him to finish the job. He said that he would be there the following week. Two weeks went by. I called him on Friday April 26. He told me that he didn't remember me calling him two weeks prior and told me that he would be here to finish the job no later than the next Tuesday April 30. I called him back on Tuesday April 30 to ask him what time he would be here, he told me that he was on another job and denied telling me that he would be here to finish the job. He then told me that I should probably hire someone else to finish the job. So in order to get my bathroom finished I am haveing to hire yet another company to do a job that I have already paid for once.They never reimbursed me for the work that I had the HVAC person do eiher,   Magick Men came highly recommended. To this day I am baffled as to why??? Dan was late almost every day he worked on the project.He did a terrible job of cleaning up at the end of the day.. One day when I went to the gym, I accidently left my front door unlocked. Dan showed up and entered my house while I was not at home without my permission. I am not sure about the other aspects of the company, but in my opinion,  Dan  is a horrible carpenter/plumber and can't  be trusted.  He took my money and ran, and I was naive enough to give it to him. I trusted him, and he took advantage of that. I was a fool for trusting him. Unless you want to get ripped off, I would never hire this company to do anything.
- Don K....
FBreese Plumbing and Heating LLC
I absolutely do not recommend this company. We called Breese Plumbing to fix our shower drain when we had an unexpected leak that was damaging our living room ceiling. Joe came in a timely manner and fixed the drain. He then informed us he often referred someone to do the repair work for the ceiling. How great, right? Mike, referred by Joe from Breese Plumbing, was excellent! He worked on the weekends and repaired the ceiling very well! Then the bill came and we felt the repair cost was very high! I called Breese Plumbing to get an explanation of why the bill was so high. The receptionist/office manager was very kind and professional. She gave me Mike's phone number and recommended I call him to quote the cost of the ceiling repair, stating that would be easiest. The charge from Breese was $185 MORE than what Mike told me the repair cost! I then returned a call to Joe at Breese for further explanation. He stated he gave us a quote (verbally) before referring us to Mike and offered no further explanation. He stated it was "sneaky" that I called Mike directly. He then spoke with my husband, who does not recall receiving the verbal quote for the ceiling repair. Again, Joe accused us of being "sneaky" and refused to provide an itemized receipt explaining the high cost. Frustrated, I called Joe again. He then backtracked and said it was no problem to offer an itemized receipt but again accused us of being sneaky for "calling Mike instead of us [Breese] to get an explanation". He told me he has "been doing this long enough" that he provides quotes verbally and "knows what the profit will be". I explained that I did, in fact, call the company first for an explanation and was given Mike's phone number. I expressed my frustration with Joe's accusations and poor customer service. I assured him we would not be using his company in the future to which he responded "Thank you". I find it very unfortunate that this company provided such poor customer service. I hope Mike, who receives referrals from Breese, is aware that Breese is charging nearly 40% extra for their own profit on his hard work. Mike and the Breese receptionist were wonderful. Joe, on the other hand, was accusatory, rude and lacked effective customer communication skills.
- Maggie D....