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Old 07-17-2009, 12:02 AM   #46
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Where are you exactly?

Town, Province, State, whatever?

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Old 07-17-2009, 12:03 AM   #47
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You aren't going to get any money back from him unless a judge gives it to you.

Tough situation but it is your decision to make. You have all the information you need to make it now, short of legal advice that most here can't offer accurately.
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Indeed, I am aware of the situation and I owe much thanks to this website and you all for informing me. Thank you. My contractor said all of this work would take 1 week. We're entering week four. I have no idea how long this kind of thing should take. Nore do I have any idea how much it should cost. I work at a local college and this guy was recommended by three facutly members. I thought... if he could satisfy these Phds I too should end up happy. Yup... MISTAKE.

I feel as if I've followed well the advice given to me so far. If I were ignoring all of this feedback my contractory would still be working.

I have zero intentions of doing this work myself. I am optimistic that I can find someone to do this right... but I am not completely confident. I called the place where I bought the tile today to see if they would recommend someone and they would not. I errored once and I may do it again. I'll try to avoid the situation by asking more questions about the contractors intended process. Hell, I might even take a few days off of work just to inspect the start of the process so that I might feel secure. Now that I've learned more about all this I think this could be a good approach.


As for what I hope... I hope to have a bathroom to enjoy and feel good about.
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Old 07-17-2009, 12:12 AM   #49
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Um... Lockport, New York
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Okay, so I'm not going to get any money back. Should I give him more? I realize probably not...
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I can understand why you would discourage conversations about $$ on here but what about by PM? Is that allowed? Could someone message me in PM mode about costs to fix all this?
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OK, Lockport! It won't be tonite but let's see what we can come up with.
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Hi Bud,

I don't quite understand your series of facial expressions. Check that... I see you've edited your expressions. I get it now.

What would you come up with? Do you mean a suggested contractor? Would we be talking about someone to do the shower instal only or could they also finish the other work as well?

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How's that is that better? Doesn't fit the situation anymore but hey - gotta be happy.

I contacted a guy I know in your part of the country, should hear from him tommorrow sometime. He may know someone locally that could further advise you from a professional standpoint if you are interested.
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Yes, Bud... I am interested. I have already made a few attempts to reach some new professionals but given how helpful you've been so far I'd be curious to see who you might refer me to and what they could offer.

Thank you Bud. I must get some rest now. I'll surely sleep better tonight than I did yesterday.

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If this is on 2nd floor and it leaks you will get water damage thru the whole house. Don't pay this guy, run him off ASAP, he is dangerous.
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Seems to me there's atleast one person from the Buffalo area over at John Bridge's forum. You might check in there in the Pros Hangout and ask.

http://www.johnbridge.com/vbulletin/...daysprune=&f=4


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Should I give him more? I realize probably not...
The only thing you should be giving this guy is a swift kick in the arse as you boot him out the door. He's taking you for a chump. Don't prove him right. He has absolutely no idea of what he's doing, other than taking your money.
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I had a fairly knowledgable person come look at the bathroom today. He was not looking to sell me his services. He was only there to examine and provide additional feedback. He pointed out two new characteristics of this job that I'd like to see if you have feedback on. First, he lamented the fact that the shower valve and thermostatic control mechanisms were on the exterior wall rather than on an interior wall which already contained plumbing. He asked, what would you do if the cartridge in those go bad? To gain access would you take down all the tile in that area or cut into the house from the exterior? That made a lot of sense! Why did my contractor not put the controls on the interior wall? Additionally, he said that the tiles should have been placed onto the wall with mastic rather than thin set. Thin set, he explained, is too runny and that's why my contractor is having a hard time getting the tiles to stick. He said that with mastic you could tile the entire wall in a day rather than one row at a time.

One other thing... the tile is too close together in some places and there's no way you'd be able to get grout between the tiles. He said that in these areas the shower is sure to immediately leek.

Thoughts from you all? Do these comments make sense?

Thank you.
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This guy was doing fine until the comment about thinset being the wrong thing for the shower!! Get HIM outa there, too!! NO WAY should mastic be used in a shower for ANYTHING!!

What a maroon!

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