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Old 12-04-2018, 12:05 PM
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Default St. Petersburg handyman, tile work, drywall

I have just finished using one guy for my back splash, and he did a decent job, but his schedule was terrible. Looking for a good handyman or company that will do tile work and drywall work in my house in St. Pete near downtown. Looking to get a master bathroom done, and some minor drywall finishing.

Anyone recommendations? I know people are busy right now.

Also have a friend looking to have some masonry work done as well in St. Pete so send who you know please.
Old 12-04-2018, 12:24 PM
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I just had a guy do some work on a condo; luxury vinyl in a kitchen, tiling in one bathroom, and converting a tub to a shower in the other, which required a complete demo and rebuild. I'm Chairman, CEO and President of the Global OCD Association, and after watching him for half a day while I was also doing some work in the condo, I handed the guy a key so he could come and go as he pleased. I typically don't make recommendations, but I'll break my rule in this case. Professional, tidy, attention to detail, and a true craftsman.

PM me if you're interested in his contact info. He has a full-time job with the city, and does this on the side, so it may add a few days to a project, but it's worth the wait.
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I just had a guy do some work on a condo; luxury vinyl in a kitchen, tiling in one bathroom, and converting a tub to a shower in the other, which required a complete demo and rebuild. I'm Chairman, CEO and President of the Global OCD Association, and after watching him for half a day while I was also doing some work in the condo, I handed the guy a key so he could come and go as he pleased. I typically don't make recommendations, but I'll break my rule in this case. Professional, tidy, attention to detail, and a true craftsman.

PM me if you're interested in his contact info. He has a full-time job with the city, and does this on the side, so it may add a few days to a project, but it's worth the wait.
So you're using an unlicensed and uninsured guy in a CONDO, of all places? And doing PLUMBING?? Good luck..you're gonna need it. Do YOU have good insurance??
Old 12-05-2018, 07:03 AM
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So you're using an unlicensed and uninsured guy in a CONDO, of all places? And doing PLUMBING?? Good luck..you're gonna need it. Do YOU have good insurance??
Where did he say he was unlicensed? He might very well be a licensed contractor for the City and do this on the side?
Responses like this is what bring THT down IMO
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I 100% agree. It says nowhere in his reply that he was not unlicensed or uninsured. Unless it is between the lines in really small font, or written in white letters that you can only see when you highlight it. I asked a simple question to get someone to come do work for me. It is our choice if we want to hire people.

Keep opinions to yourself that are not asked for.
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Hey boys, let's play nice now....
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Did you try "Nextdooor" the neighborhood app, for recommendations?
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Call my father...he has run a small remodeling company for years here in the Tampa Bay area. He is downsizing and is starting to do smaller jobs like this one more often. He is meticulous and pretty flexible as well...813 477 9134...Daniel
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Plumbers do not set tile..all require a separate license. Plumbers are plumbers. Electricians are electricians. There is NO "universal" contractors license in Florida.

Jeep, learn the rules!
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Originally Posted by billinstuart View Post
Plumbers do not set tile..all require a separate license. Plumbers are plumbers. Electricians are electricians. There is NO "universal" contractors license in Florida.

Jeep, learn the rules!
Once again, I am asking about a handyman. Please stop with your comments about licenses. That is NOT what this is about.
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Originally Posted by Ar15bang View Post
Did you try "Nextdooor" the neighborhood app, for recommendations?
I was on Nextdoor for awhile and it was people complaining about their trash not being picked up or turning their neighbors in for code enforcement crud instead of talking to people.
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Originally Posted by Commocean View Post
I just had a guy do some work on a condo; luxury vinyl in a kitchen, tiling in one bathroom, and converting a tub to a shower in the other, which required a complete demo and rebuild. I'm Chairman, CEO and President of the Global OCD Association, and after watching him for half a day while I was also doing some work in the condo, I handed the guy a key so he could come and go as he pleased. I typically don't make recommendations, but I'll break my rule in this case. Professional, tidy, attention to detail, and a true craftsman.

PM me if you're interested in his contact info. He has a full-time job with the city, and does this on the side, so it may add a few days to a project, but it's worth the wait.
Did you get a permit?
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On a basic level you can NOT do the following work without a contractor’s license of some kind:
  • Work on foundations
  • Work on structural walls
  • Plumbing of any kind
  • Electrical of any kind
  • HVAC – (Heating, ventilating, and cooling)
  • Additions
  • Asbestos abatement
  • Alarm system install, repair, or maintenance
Now that might sound like a lot of limitations, but there is a lot of work you can perform as an unlicensed handyman. Let’s dig into that a little deeper.

Electrical Work

Florida law is very strict when it comes to electrical work. Here’s what the Department of Business and Professional Regulation website says:

“If you pay someone to perform even the simplest of electrical work, such as connecting two wires, you must hire a licensee.”

That means no installing ceiling fans or replacing lighting fixtures. You can’t even replace an outlet.

Here’s electrical work you CAN perform WITHOUT a license:
  • Change a lightbulb
  • Change outlet cover plates
  • Setup home theater components (as long as you aren’t running wires through the wall)
  • Hang a flat screen TV on the wall
  • Set up wireless computer networks

Handyman Plumbing Limitations

You pretty much can NOT do any plumbing outside of simple tasks like installing a water filter to the faucet. Although the DBPR website doesn’t go much into specifics.

Here is the small list of plumbing work you CAN do:
  • Add a water filter to a faucet
  • Install or repair irrigation systems that have a back-flow preventer (But you’d need a licensed plumber to hook the system up to the potable water line. You can’t tap into any potable water lines without being a licensed plumber.)
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There is no such thing as a legitimate "handyman" in Florida. Anyone who would have ANY work done in a condo by someone not licensed or properly insured is a fool. Read flats post above.
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Are any of you guys the president of your home owners association? Just curious..
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Originally Posted by Selser View Post
Are any of you guys the president of your home owners association? Just curious..
Nope.

Very few Floridians understand licensing. "You gotta license?" Yea, trim carpentry. "Wanna build my house?" Well. it simply doesn't work that way. Plumbing, electric, a/c, roofing cannot be performed by a GC under a GC license. Actually, there are 3 levels of "GC" in Florida.

Stupid complicated, but VERY specific.

There is no "handyman" license. Not down here. Competence is nice, responsibility is better. If YOU, the owner, hire someone to do work for which they are not properly licensed, YOU have no recourse.

OTOH, since unlicensed contracting is a felony, you don't have to pay them, either.
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I do jobs from bathroom remodels to full commercial builds. PM me if you'd like me to take a look.
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Following along. We need a backsplash done before Christmas. We have the tile.
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Not to derail this thread further HOWEVER, I'd like to know yalls take on the difficulty of obtaining a proper license in Florida. I've seen some real sh!t work done by "licensed professionals" as well as some really good work done by those unlicensed. That said Florida seems to make it very difficult to obtain a proper license unless you work for someone for four years under THAT trade and pass whatever tests they want you to do. Trim carpentry isn't rocket science and four years of working under someone to obtain a license seems laughable. I can see it with electrical but for most trades it seems as though they have run wild with licensing requirements. A license for laying tile, really? A license for hanging sheetrock? Seems silly to me, also seems like it creates a vacuum where contractors are needed but few are able to obtain a license not because they aren't qualified but because the state has come up with wild requirements.
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Originally Posted by fishinmaniac View Post
? A license for hanging sheetrock? Seems silly to me, also seems like it creates a vacuum where contractors are needed but few are able to obtain a license not because they aren't qualified but because the state has come up with wild requirements.
All this crap was instigated by hurricane Andrew. Florida licensing has nothing much to do with competency in a trade..it's about business, law, safety, accounting, insurance. Essentially, if a contractor screws something up, there is accountability after the fact. Plus, hefty deposits are discouraged..a "contractor" has to prove financial stability.

The technical trades..electric, plumbing, a/c, roofing..require specific licenses and the tests require working knowledge of the trade.

I did "handyman" type work for years..I'm a state certified building contractor. I'm still not allowed to do electrical, plumbing, a/c, roofing. There ARE competent unlicensed workers, but when that shower pan on the 10th floor leaks and damages 5 other units, WHO is responsible??

Most condos south of here won't let anyone work in the building unless there is a licensed "general" type contractor involved. This includes me, but I hate working in condos. It's a specialty trade with tons of downside.

Sheetrock. Sheetrock CAN be both a structural element a a life safety/fire code issue. It provides a "shear" component for structural integrity, and provides a fire barrier in many applications. THIS is why it is regulated. I'm not justifying this stupidity, just explaining it.
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