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Old 05-23-2010, 05:05 AM
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I have some calls and emails into some plumbers that I pulled off the internet. I'll call one of the plumbing supply companies that we used to deal with when we were building homes (couldn't find a good plumber then either).

When a plumber hears of the town we live, the normally stop returning phone calls.

Hard times my ass...
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
I have some calls and emails into some plumbers that I pulled off the internet. I'll call one of the plumbing supply companies that we used to deal with when we were building homes (couldn't find a good plumber then either).

When a plumber hears of the town we live, the normally stop returning phone calls.

Hard times my ass...



I'll do it,if I leave today I should be there by Wed
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Old 05-23-2010, 05:29 AM
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:23 PM
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Our kids looked into this for one of their bathrooms. I was shocked at the cost and convinced them to spend a but more for complete tear down and rebuild with new tile. The tub was the only thing left from original. When removing the existing tile, we found some water damage. If they had used BF, all that would have just been hidden but never fixed.
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Old 05-23-2010, 06:52 PM
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Looked at the website..it is a tub liner system. Motels use them cuz it's quick and cheap, but hardly a "remodeling". We're doing a shower now..tearing out the sill so there is no trip hazard, new TILE floor and surround. Last handicap shower I did, gotta really nice fold up stainless/acrylic seat that bolted in and was sturdy.

Tough call.
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Old 05-24-2010, 05:31 AM
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Check with a carpenter first and find out what the cost is to prep the area. It doesn't sound like there is alot of plumbing work to be done. I know if I were charging for a mechanic i would be thinking maybe 4-6 hours to rough the new shower valve and shower pan membrane in and another couple of hours to finish it after the carpenter patches up the walls. If you didn't want to deal with tile you could go with a Lasco 5' fiberglass tub/shower unit for around $500.00 and again around 4-6 hours labor to put it in with a new tub shower valve. The real expense is going to be a carpenter to patch everything up. If you go this route I would think you would be around or even under bath fitters price and have a quality job that looks professional instead of a hack job. Take the bath fitters bid and get a contractor willing to tackle the job for the same price I would think with the economy the way it is it shouldn't be hard.
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Old 05-24-2010, 10:41 AM
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I do this stuff for a living, and am VERY time conscious because of the impact on the family. HOWEVER, I simply don't believe you get a QUALITY job in one day. It may be barely adequate, and if that is your goal, then fine. However, I don't subscribe to the "slap some cheap crap in" method.

We're doing a complete bath remodel now. Tear out the tile from wall and bathroom floor, move walls to better utilize the space, new wonder board and tile in shower, new shower valve and pan, electric, cabinets, paint, trim, all new NICE tile, yadayada... Sure, it's more money, but compared to that crummy fiberglass stuff, it's hard to justify the value of the one day wonder.

X2

Ever watch HOLMES on HOMES on HG TV. He is a shoddy contractor's worst nightmare.

You want contractors to PULL permits. If they arent pulling permits, they dont want something seen by an inspector.

Bathfitters is a joke. Do it the "RIGHT" way the first time!

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Old 05-24-2010, 07:27 PM
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Mike

I can't comment on Bath Fitters but while I can say the the Century Door is a quaility door, take a look at Classic Glass. We just put a Classic Glass semi frameless in our new shower stall. Looks great and way less than a full frameless door. In fact it is close in price to a framed door.
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Old 05-27-2010, 06:21 PM
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Mike,

My buddy is moving his business from Philadelphia up to the Saratoga/Captial area over the next few weeks. He has had a successful heat, a/c, plumbing business in Philly for several years but he and his wife wanted to move to the country. He is actually moving his stuff this weekend aand his new business ad hits the phone book in the next few weeks. Not sure how claose he is to where you are but I am sure he would be willing to travel since he is building a new business up there.

Give him a call -- Anthony Denofa 518-744-1599
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