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I rely on BNP recommendations and obtained Tony's name from the list.
Tony has fixed a number of problems for us, including a pesky toilet that
continued to leak. He replaced the toilet. But that did not repair the problem.
Eventually, a year later, he replaced the toilet at no charge because it was
still leaking. He called us up to ask about the problem and offered to fix it.
This kind of service is rare and commendable. My heartfelt thanks to Tony.
Tony Cardenas: firstname.lastname@example.org
Plumber to install water pressure valve
I am looking for a plumber to install a water pressure valve
at our home in the Berkeley Hills. Can anyone recommend a
plumber who has performed this task?
We have hired Marx Snodgrass for over 20 years for all our
plumbing installations and repairs. He is friendly,
knowledgeable,and his prices are very reasonable-certainly a
lot less than the large plumbing companies. His number is
I manage a couple of properties and have used Big Blue in
Berkeley for a couple of plumbing issues. They are very
thorough and probably the tidiest plumbers I have ever seen!
The inspector commented on how neat the work looked.
510-540-6060 Property manager
Plumber - Josh, Old Skool Plumbing. 510 759.3106, just like
the title of his company, his work is like the olden days.
Does a complete job, fair price, and knows a huge amount
about the trade. Dad was a plumber. Looks intimidating, but
very kind man. Laurel
Hank the Plumber is the first person that I call for
plumbing questions. He has worked on my house since 1995. He
has replaced water lines, installed a toilet and cleared
pipes in the house. He is skilled, trustworthy and will
discuss all possible options with you. 1-800-411-HANK Lance
Small family-owned plumber
I'd appreciate recommendations for small family-owned and
operated plumbers. I need a sink faucet replaced that will
involve removing some marble and would like to find someone
who prides him/herself on doing careful work and is skilled
at finding good solutions to not-so-straight-forward
problems. I am familiar with Albert Nahman and some of the
other local reputable plumbing businesses, but I have not
been impressed. Thanks for your help with other
recommendations. can't wait to have normal water flow
Hank the Plumber is your guy. He's not just a small
business, he's pretty much a one-man show. He's extremely
reasonable, hard working, shows up when he says he's going
to, and doesn't try to sell you work you don't need. I
thought I needed a new sump pump for my basement and he just
said I needed a replacement part. He's done a bunch of stuff
for us - earthquake gas shut off valve, water pressure
regulator, new sink piping in 1 bathroom, and he re-piped
our entire master bath. He's the kind of guy I'll leave
with keys to our house because he's so trustworthy.
1-800-411-HANK Fan of Hank
Hello, I highly recommend The HandyChick. She has done
everything from plumbing to electrical to construction and I
have always been satisfied with her bid and her work. She's
dependable and very careful. Her number is 415-713-6974.
I have used Reid Miller Plumbing in Berkeley since 1991 and
was thrilled with his craftsmanship and attention to detail.
The first time I saw one of his water heater installations I
thought to myself I have to meet this guy as he does work
just as fancy as I do. Reid is not the cheapest plumber
around but you will be hard pressed to find one as clever or
meticulous. Cell:510-928-9305, message: 510-704-0779. Reid
runs his own business, does the work himself, and will bring
a helper for larger jobs as needed. He is a delight to have
in your home as well. I trusted him to set all my tubs,
showers, toilets, and all faucets on marble and granite
counter-tops. Other folks I have referred to him have always
been pleased as well. satisfied customer
I have worked with Tom Peterson of ATP Plumbing. It is a
small company 2-3 people. Tom is straight forward and I
have been pleased with his work. He recently replaced a
tub/shower with new shower valve. Very nice. Feel free to
contact him. Tom Peterson 510-928-8807 Eric
We have had very good experiences with Bart McCoy (510)
289-1402 for plumbing and Pacific Drain & Rooter (510)
452-4606 for sewer line clearing. Both were recommended by
BPN and were great! Bart McCoy always takes the time to
walk me through what he is doing and why Prices were
reasonable and Nasir from Pacific Drain came out on a Sunday
when we had a sewer emergency within 40 minutes. Jennifer
I have used Jurek Bruzda at Dolphin Plumbing. 510-493- 6415.
He is very reasonably priced, honest and does a good job. He
is out of the area but will be back in May (2012). Alena
We used Ralph Philips of Philips Plumbing Company for
several projects at our house. It is a small family business
(Ralph and his son). I found them to be extremely honest
and their work was excellent. You can find out more at
Plumber to replace pipe embedded in wall
We have a 3 inch pipe coming out of the house that needs
replaced. The rest of the plumbing has been replaced with
four inch. But this section is imbedded in the walls. But
what's happening is that this section clogs up every few
months and needs snaked. So, replacing it might pay off in a
few years. Any plumber recommendations? Stephanie
I would like to recommend Eric of Cal Plumbing
(510-215-0200). I called Eric because he was highly
recommended by other BPN members for his good work, fair
prices, and good service. He gives clear explanations of
the problems and solutions. He works efficiently and leaves
everything in clean, working order. He's very polite and
courteous. I highly recommend Eric and Cal Plumbing. I
would definitely call him again lm
I have used Pelican Plumbers twice and can personally vouch
for their professionalism and pride in workmanship. Also,
the quote I was given was very fair. They were a pleasure to
have around and so friendly to my son and my dog. I never
hesitate to recommend them to all of my friends. anon.
We love our go-to plumber: Ed Asuncion from Bonafide
Plumbing in Alameda. We've recommended him to many friends,
and they always come back with glowing reviews, too. He's
quick, fair, and affordable---and for plumbing emergencies,
will even assess problems using emailed photos if he can't
get out immediately. Happily plumbed!
In 2002, we did a massive remodel of our 100 year old
house--2 separate flats over 3 floors. Our plumber, Ray
Triola (510) 848-6275, was great! Gave great advice and
guidance, was reliable and easy to work with, always cleaned
up after working (since we were living in the house at the
time). Since then, we've always used Ray for our plumbing
issues (though we haven't had many, just general
Sammy Capurro is a fantastic plumber, very reasonable and
responsive. Totally reliable, friendly and fixes the
problem the first time! Capurro Family Plumbing: 220-6697
Anyone knows a reasonable priced gas plumber?
I am remodeling a kitchen/ family room and a gas fireplace
and need to upgrade the fireplace with an insert and
redirect the gas lines. Does anyone know a plumber
specializing in gas lines who is reasonable? Where do you
recommend purchasing a fireplace from? On line vs at store?
Thanks very much!
We've used Bebe from Bebe Construction (510-566-6685) a few
times for gas related tasks and were very impressed. The
first time we contacted him was to install an earthquake
shutoff valve, and he came that evening and took care of it.
The second time was when we got our new gas range and the
gas line was sticking too far out of the wall for it to fit
properly. He came and took care of that very quickly as
well. Both times his estimate was accurate and he did a
very clean, professional job. We'll certainly be calling
him again the next time we need something. Gann
Reliable and cost effective plumber for small job
We need a plumber for a number of small jobs, like fixing a
gasket leak under a sink. There are a number recommended
from last year. But what about costs? Our experience is that
we pay a charge for them to come to the house, and double
for the first half hour. It's even worse if the plumber
comes from a company. Any advice? Lee
We highly recommend Leonard Garvey of One Step Plumbing. He
has done several small and medium size jobs for us,
including replacing a sink, fixing leaky pipes, and
installing a garbage disposal and water pressure system. We
particularly appreciated his skill and calm manner when a
pipe beneath the kitchen sink ruptured, gushing water and
flooding the whole kitchen. He arrived promptly, fixed the
pipe, and mopped up all the water as well! He is very
personable, charges reasonable rates (including free
estimates), and we are always pleased with all the quality
of his work. Leonard can be reached at (510) 682-9075.
I just used last week a wonderful plumber who I found in
past recommendations of the BPN. After calling my first
choice, also found on BPN, and finding his voicemail full
for two days, I then called the next in line, Bebe of Bebe
Construction. Bebe made a next day appointment, and arrived
on time. What I thought was a simple gasket replacement to
my kitchen faucet and a minor leak became a half day repair.
Bebe showed me where my granite countertop had been
incorrectly installed 8 years ago and the water damage that
had been occurring ever since. He had to cut out decayed
wood under the counter top, remove the faucet, remove my new
garbage disposal installed just the week before, and
rebuild the faucet as the initial installation had parts
inset backwards. He sent me down to the plumbing supply
store for parts to save money, which I appreciated. He had
to cut new plywood and create a patch for the rotten area,
install brackets, and re-set the disposal and faucet. He
re-sealed my sink with a beautiful bead of silicon that is
clean and straight. After 4 1/2 hours of work I was dreading
the bill...I was pleasantly surprised when he charged me for
about 1 and 1/2 hours of a normal plumber rate for
everything, including all the parts he supplied!! I highly
recommend him--he is a one person shop and as far as I know
he does not charge for a visit or a minimum of time. In
fact, I know he does not charge for a visit as I called him
back a couple days later to look at a possible bath remodel.
I find him trustworthy, honest, reasonable, and informative
as to what he is doing. He seems to really understand
construction which helps with the plumbing corrections.
Bebe Construction (510) 566-6685 Kay
We recently used Bebe from Bebe Construction (510) 566-6685.
We found that our shower drain was not draining one weekend.
I did a quick search for a plumber on BPN not very hopeful
anyone would come out on a weekend. His name came up often
so I called him. He came out within an hour and fixed the
problem in about an hour. The best thing is that he cleaned
up after (actually scrubbed our shower)! His rate was very
reasonable ($175 for a weekend call). He seemed very honest
and conscientious. I would highly recommend him. anon
I highly recommend Bebe, from Bebe Construction (510-566-
6685) for plumbing repairs. I called Bebe because of his
positive reviews on BPN, and I was very happy that I did.
Bebe was at my house in Piedmont within 1 hour of my call,
and he fixed a nagging leak under my kitchen sink. Bebe is
very professional, clean, and was very nice to my family.
His prices were reasonable too. Overall, excellent
Good general plumber for small jobs ?
We have a small bungalow in-need of some simple plumbing
upgrades such as kitchen/bathroom fixture replacements and
perhaps a tankless water heater in the near future. Any
suggestions for a licensed professional plumber who will
do a quality job start to finish and clean up without a
I just had Spencer come in from Mr. Rooter Plumbing (510-
843-6378) and he did an amazing job with the pipes. He
cleaned up afterward and even wore shoe covers when he
came inside my home. He was fast, competent and it was
done right the first time.
Hank the Plumber is your guy - he's fast, clean, honest and
is super nice and trustworthy. He's done several jobs for
us after a contractor neighbor of ours recommended him, and
he's also done my parents' house and some of their friends
as well. Everyone loves him! 1-800-411-HANK (4265)
Very happy customer
I'm following-up to share my experience in regards to the
plumber we hired earlier this month to replace our
kitchen, bathroom, and basement sink fixtures in our small
bungalow. We hired Triola Plumbing, based in Berkeley
owned and operated by Ray Triola. Ray was responsive,
knowledgeable and patient. He took the time to understand
what we wanted, and upon closer inspection of a leak in
our basement, spotted the original source of the trouble
spot (which was out of view) . He clearly explained the
cause of the leak and his repair solution.
Ray has a good working relationship with local plumbing
supply stores, as I experienced when the Kolher faucet we
purchased turned out to have a defect. He spoke directly
with the plumbing supplier and within the hour we had a
Ray takes great pride in his work and is a true
craftsman. That said, the name Home Depot makes him
cringe so be prepared to buy quality parts from local
suppliers. Our home is less than a mile from Home Depot,
so this was a mind shift for me, but in the end -- the
parts are clearly higher quality, customer service is
knowledgeable, and cost of parts is the same if not less
than HD. Bottom-line, the peace of mind we got from having
the job done right was worth it. We will use Triola
Plumbing again in the future! Triola Plumbing (510) 848-
Joanne in El Cerrito
Charles Fong is a great local plumber with whom I've had a
lot of experience (I'm a contractor myself and have worked
with him on a number of projects over the years). He's
efficient, reasonably priced, clean and very trustworthy.
His number: (415)519-8434
We just had a pipe break under the kitchen sink and had to
find a plumber right away. I found several
recommendations for Bebe from Bebe Construction on the BPN
website and called him at 7 am on a Monday. He came right
away, did a great job, and charged a reasonable fee. We
will definitely use him again.
I had a very positive experience with Bebbe, who I called
about a plumbing problem. He was quickly responsive, came
exactly when he said he would, and not only fixed the
problem I called him for, but fixed another clog for us,
and was very reasonably priced. He was very nice, knew
what he was doing and is going to do some other home
improvements for us -- build a fence and a gate,
i love mr. rooter of berkeley! yes, they are not the cheapest
in the area. however, they are a solid business that treats
their employees well and keeps them for a long time. i had them
do work ay my house a few times and know many others who have
used them. i have never heard anything negative about them. i
guess if your only complaint is price, well often you get what
you pay for.
Call Ron Walters at (510) 712-7235. He has done quite a few
project for me such as converting a single home to a duplex
with includes two kitchens and bathrooms to just putting a new
ring on a toilet. The average person, who calls him, hires him
not only for the plumbing but for the rest of the remodel. He
also does sheetrock, tile, carpentry, electrical you name it
but he was a union plumber for quite some time and really
enjoys this work. He does not advertise. He is the best and
really easy to work with.
I love our rock star plumber, Edgar! He's done a few small
projects around our 1920's tudor and is professional, on-time and
I have used Master Plumber Bill Tinkey in Oakland. He did my
shower and has done toilet and garbage disposal repairs for me.
I have never had a money problem with him, he is reasonable and
does good work. I found his personality easy going. I believe
he is teaching a Green Plumbing course this fall.
Bill Tinkey 510-206-1825
I highly recommend Pelican Plumbers. Working with these guys was great! Bought a
fixer-upper house recently and Raul and his crew put in all new copper pipes, installed
a new hot water heater in a new location (and got rid of all traces of the old one), put
in a new kitchen sink drain line and repaired a big hole in the main drain line under
the house, moved the laundry hook ups (water and gas), ran a new gas line and
hooked up the new stove... He was great to work with -- straight shooter, gave me all
the info I needed to make good decisions, did what he said, fast and reasonable. Great
company! www.pelicanplumbers.com (510) 812-1996
we highly recommend A.T.P.PLUMBING of Tom petersen who has done
extensive work at 2 different locations for us. They has
installed 2 radiant,munchkin Boiler Heating systems for us, put
in a new bathroom start to finish including the new sewer line
and installed a new Tankeless water heater.The quality of his
work is first rate.He is personable, easy to communicate with,
does the work in a timely manner and actually likes the work he
does. His rates are competitive and no job is to large or small
for him to handle. He can be reached at 510 928 8807
I recently had to use BPN for plumber referral. While most were
unavailable, Tony @ Plumber Rooter (510 860 2147) was able to
come the next day. Another plumber estimated that the leaky
faucets would cost upward of $300, Tony fixed the
leaks promptly for $55. I originally found Tony on BPN and
recommend him heartily. He is excellent and honest.
Our water heater failed on Monday and on Tuesday -- for I only called Tuesday
morning at 7 a.m. -- we had a new tank installed. Our plumber this time was
Olivero Plumbing Co. at 11360 San Pablo in El Cerrito, phones:
510.233.3511; email: email@example.com ; website:
Bill came out in the afternoon, assessed the situation, and then surprised
us as he
made arrangements for the work to be done that very afternoon. When I
in the job, due to doctor's appointments that day, we had expected a new
tank to be installed the following day.
Bill didn't want us without hot water if he could do something about it .
. . And he
did, with a huge smile on his face and joy for his job in his heart.
Besides that, I've a great deal of trouble with modern fragrances, and he
of petrochemically derived scents. A bonus!!!! MAJOR BONUS for me because
anxiousness to get water into our home, even just cold water, I forgot to
how crucial it was to me to have a fragrance-free worker.
So on all scores, from my experience yesterday with Olivero Plumbing, I
recommend that firm. I cannot say the same for two other firms in Berkeley
had previously used down through the years here.
I wanted to give a huge ''thumbs up'' to Bebe (510-566-6685). My family had an
emergency repair - not only was Bebe responsive, he was timely, professional and
efficient. The reasonable price was an added bonus. My whole family will be using
him for every job going forward.
I had leak in galvanized pipe in 1924 house.
Leak was between the meter and the house.
Eric who owns Bay Valley Plumbing (google for web site)
came out to estimate the job on a Thursday and did the job
with a couple of helpers on Saturday. Knows what he is doing
and was reasonable and fast. Explained everything, options
about where to dig, install and put in a hose bib.
Cleared all filters in house at the end of the job to prevent
For plumbing, I use Pascal, from the French Connection. He is an
independent plumber, and I've used him for re-running both water
and gas for a kitchen remodel, for unplugging a bathtub that
drained slow, for running gas and hot water lines to the back of
the house, and adding a pressure reducer on the water line over
He is always very professional, listens to what you need and
offers suggestions, and does neat clean work.
His number is 843-9295
Michael, Your Plumber is an amazing plumber. I could go on and
one but won't. Check out his yelp reviews (25 perfect reviews).
Experience installing dual-flush toilets
I'm interested in finding a plumber who has had experience
installing dual-flush toilets in old Berkeley houses.
Bart McCoy installed two dual-flush toilets for me in my 1901
home. He seemed knowledgable and was definitely quick and
reasonable. His number is 510-289-1402.
We highly recommend Bebe Construction. We had an emergency, due
to our leaking kitchen faucet. We contacted Bebe and were very
lucky he was just around in our neighborhood for another
project and was able to come over immediately. We were very
happy with the work he did for us. He is very responsive,
honest and professional. In additional to plumbing, he also
does general construction, home remodeling, and home additions.
You can reach him at (510)566- 6685 firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustworthy plumber for old house
Hi, does anyone have a recommendation for a really great, hard
working, and honest plumber? We have an old house (1915) and
need new pipes throughout. We also want to have some small(er)
projects done - put in a new energy efficient toilet, attach a
water line for the fridge, tankless water heater, etc. We'd like
to hire an independent plumber that has a lot of integrity and
that we can trust, and who may consider giving us a bit of a
deal, or be a bit flexible with the hourly rate, by packaging a
lot of small projects into one.
If you know of someone we would really appreciate hearing about
him (or her)! Thanks for your time.
Still living in the 20th century with plumbing
We have had excellent and skilled service from Tony Rogosich (510-964-0191). He
believes in doing things right and will be upfront about what needs to be done
plumbing issues. He does residential and commercial installation and repairs.
been helpful and friendly and stands by his work. I highly recommend him.
Call Hank the Plumber - he's great, honest, doesn't over charge
and can do both large and small jobs. We've used him a bunch in
our 1920 house, my parents have used him and a friend/neighbor
who is a contractor also uses and recommends him. 1-800-411-HANK!
Hi - I recommend my plumber, Adrian Fick, of Aloha Plumbing (he
is an independent plumber) -- 510.507.2500. He is responsive,
fast, reliable, honest and has what I believe are very
reasonable rates. I had to call him back for a minor issue
after he did a bunch of work for me -- he came out right away
and fixed it for free -- even though I was not at all certain
the issue was his fault. He's also very pleasant to be around,
which I appreciate in my vendors.
Michael, Your Plumber at 510) 472-0123. I found Michael from the
Parents Network, there are many posts about him. He's great,
honest (so honest, he has a key to our house for scheduling
ease), does smaller project, etc. We have an older house with
newer plumbing but there are always little things that need to be
taken apart, adjusted, fixed and he's the guy. He's one guy so
he doesn't do ''emergency'' plumbing because of scheduling, but
totally dependable. I think one time I did have a slight
emergency, called a big company that quoted me $500, Michael was
available and came out, looked at the problem quoted me $50 and
fixed it. cindy
Ryan Loria is a fabulous plumber. He was recommended to me by
another contractor as a ''plumbing prodigy'' and he definitely
lived up to the compliment. He installed radiant floor heating
throughout our entire house, including a new boiler for our
domestic hot water and radiant system. He also did a few other
odd plumbing jobs as well. His work is impeccable and he has a
great deal of honesty and integrity. He really takes pride in his
work, and it shows. I don't know how flexible he is about
pricing, but he will give you an honest and straightforward
answer about your work, either way. You can reach him at
510-316-4943. You can also feel free to contact me if you want
more information about my experience working with him.
I recommend the Plumbing Ministry, Louis Ray, License # 894946, who helped with a
sewer problem recently. Prompt, reliable, reasonable. 510.430.1290;
We've used Bart McCoy (found him on BPN) twice with great
results. He's cheap and has many years of experience.
510-350-7093. Previous recs below.
I would always recommend Pascal Debergue of The French
Connection for Plumbing. He's been great for us. His mobile number is 510-517-
Bill Tinkey is a Master Plumber and teaches at Laney College. He
has a easy going personality and is a honest guy.
Plumber for small job on a budget
We have a tiny bathroom that a previous contractor has left
with a non-working sink, which needs replacement. Sink is very
small in size (as is the bathroom, as is the budget!). In
addition. the bathtub needs either ''re-surfacing'' (not sure of
the correct term?), or, replacement.
Do you have a reliable plumber, with excellent skills and
communication, who would do a relatively small job like this,
and not charge a fortune? And the reverse: any plumbers you
would recommend staying away from?
Thanks for your recommendations, advice, referrals.
Need a functional bathroom again!
I can recommend a great handyman to do plumbing, remodeling,
etc. He is working on becoming a licensed contractor, has an
established crew of men he works with, and he does good work. He's
also reasonable, calls and meets you WHEN HE TELLS YOU HE WILL
(which is amazing in an of itself!) and is very nice, too. His name
is Jerry McDaniel -- phone # 510-918-5356.
Eric at Cal Plumbing! He replaced our tub, installed a pedestal
sink, and rebuilt our shower valve several months ago...we couldn't
be happier. He explained everything clearly, showed up on time, and
performed the work in a professional and friendly manner. We got
about a half dozen estimates for the job and we knew immediately
that we could trust him. Call Eric's cell: 229-8022. Happy Customer
Experience with Mr. Rooter
Based on comments on the BPN website I called Mr. Rooter (aka
family owned plumbing business, Mr. Ferguson) for an estimate
to install a Toto toilet and investigate a leak in an upstairs
bath/shower. Unfortunately, they sent an estimator with very
limited knowledge and expertise. He had never heard of Toto,
had to look it up in his estimator's manual, and then quoted us
$810 for installation! We questioned that perhaps that would
include the cost of the toilet (which we already have), but he
could not say -- he only could rely on what his manual told
him. Also -- he quoted us $200 to investigate the leak but had
no insights or ideas how that would be done. In retrospect,
the positive comments on BPN seem mystifying.
Hi we used Mr Rooter- very expensive due to their ''fixed rate''
prices as opposed to by the hour or job. So to diagnose a leaky
faucet they charge -\+ $240 - a 15 minute job. I highly recommend
Raul Delgado of Pelican Plumbers so great and cheap and very fair!
Reliable plumber for pipe & drain work
We need a good, reliable, dependable, & fairly priced plumber for some
drain work. We hope it won't be a huge job! Must be licensed. Please
me at: lila
Re: Pipe Arts, Pipeline, Service One, and Albert Nahman plumbers.
I would like to contribute my recent (summer 2008) experiences
with plumbers. I first contacted Pipe Arts Plumbing. They were
responsive and came out to inspect my property pretty quickly,
but they seemed impatient and although they listened to what I
wanted, were not able to answer some of the questions that I had
(because I am not a plumber, I needed an explanation of why they
wanted to do certain things, and they minimally explained what
was necessary, with a response like, ''We know what we are doing.
We're just going to wait until she finishes her questions and
then do what we have to do.'')
Next was Pipeline Plumbing, who said they would be happy to do
the job, and in fact sent me a contract. I asked that it be
modified to add on something extra (but small). I kept calling
and calling, but when I eventually got hold of the person (Paul)
he said they were no longer interested in the job because it was
too small ($2500 is too small?). I would have appreciated if
they had called me back two weeks earlier while I was expecting
to have work done!
I also called Service One Plumbing - they were great, but the
estimate was slightly higher than everyone else's.
Last was Albert Nahman Plumbing, who was responsive,
professional, and straightforward. They were willing to answer
my questions, send an itemized contract, and when there was an
issue, the owner of the company even came out to make sure things
were ok. I would choose them again over Pipe Arts and Pipeline,
even though those people have in the past received good reviews
We highly recommend for Tom Petersen of ATP Plumbing. We were
very happy with the work he did for us on our Albany remodel. He
almost entirely re-plumbed our house. They also installed a
radiant heating system that includes a concrete slab that's
approximately 1000 sq. feet and another 800 sq. feet or so under
existing hardware floors. In addition to all the heating, the
Munchkin boiler they installed also heats the tank that supplies
the household hot water. we've always found him to be very
responsive, honest and thorough. He's in Berkeley and you can
reach him at 510-928-8807.
justin aulday of AULDAY PLUMBING is very good, quick and affordable.
i'm a certified green builder and home improvement specialist and he's my
guy when it comes to plumbing on my projects.
his number is 510 815 0931.
Highly recommend Raul Delgado at Pelican Plumbers (510) 812-1996.
I also recommend Raul/ Pelican plumbers. He saved as a fortune
over other bids and is very nice and responsible.
I highly recommend Raul Delgado, Pelican Plumbers
(www.pelicanplumbers.com, 510-812-1996). I have done extensive
remodeling on a large, old house in the Berkeley Hills. Raul
basically redid all the plumbing for the house (sewer, gas, and
water). In spite of all the quirks of an old house, the
plumbing work went smoothly and it all passed inspections no
problem. Plus it was a pleasure to work with Raul. He always
made an effort to understand what I wanted and to make it happen.
Need an independent plumber
We need a good independent electrician and a plumber. When we
lived in Washington DC we were horrified to see that 1/2 hour of
one of these might cost two hours of company time with overhead,
while independents were both cheaper and more reliable. North
My strong recommendation for a plumber is Rey LaCayo. I've used
him for nearly 8 years for a wide variety of problems. He put in
new pipes for my entire house, he put in a French drain (which
has saved me from near catastrophe), he put in a dishwasher, a
disposal, a hot water heater, and two sinks with fixtures. I have
always known him to be honest and fair. I've found his work to be
good all around.
I had a different experience with the plumber Aaron Ray, who I
hired based on this site's recommendation. He took far longer on
our project than he said he would, putting in fewer hours per
week than he had promised (since he is not licensed and does
these projects evenings and weekends on the side). Finally, he
just stopped showing up or returning phone calls, with the
project unfinished, and without any explanation. Before he
disappeared he was asking for more money -- I paid him what I
thought covered the work he had already completed, and he
accepted this amount without disagreement.
Plumber to fix leaking shower
Our shower has a leak. This is not a new problem. We just bought the
house, and it was disclosed in the disclosure packet by the previous
owner. Can anyone suggest a reliable plumber?
Try Mallard Plumbing in Oakland. They do good work and have reasonable prices. We
have used them for years and are very happy with their service.
Mr. Rooter Plumbing, 1516 University Ave. Berkeley 510-843-
6378. They are family owned and operated by 3rd or 4th
generation plumbers. They are very professional, straight
forward and they do great work.
Contact Raul Delgado at Pelican Plumbers. His phone is 812-1996, or email
raul at pelicanplumbers.com.
Erik, of Cal Plumbing, is great. He is quick to respond, knows
what he's doing, offers alternatives (cheapest to more
expensive) and is a nice guy. He's done a range of projects for
us: fixed leaks, removed gas lines, installed a water heater,
created new plumbing for the washer/dryer. His number is (510)
I call SUPERIOR PLUMBING AND DRAIN from a recommendation posted
in here and the plumber was veri friendly, profesional and
helpfull really good experience, they call ahead to let you
know your plumber is on the way plus fair prices. call them
Great Plumber-Eric of Cal Plumbing
I called Eric because he got a great review on BPN. I called him
on a Sunday, he came to my house and fixed my plumbing problem
that same day. He was professional, on time, friendly,
affordable, and fast. I highly recommend his work. He did a great
job. thanks Eric! Maybe I'll update my bathroom next!
I am general contractor, and I highly recommend, Sorin Gamalie,
a plumber, who did a lot of work for me, from a small project,
to big project, from rough plumbing, to finish plumbing.He is
onest, and very easy to work with him.When I faces some
problems, he really explain me the problem.He can be reach at
510-8286559 or at 510-2479281
The recent spat of earthquakes were a reminder to get that gas
shutoff valve for our house that I've been putting off for years.
I called almost a dozen different plumbers in the area, most of
whom had no idea on how to speak to a potential customer, some of
whom never called back. I got a hold of Eric at Cal Plumbing
right away, and he explained to me in plain English what was
involved in installing the earthquake gas shutoff valve. He was
very patient and answered all of my questions in a competent
manner. He came out the next week, neatly installed the gas
shutoff valve, explained to me how it worked, and charged me what
he said he'd charge me. Done. Money well spent, and our family
feels safer. Call Eric at Cal Plumbing at (510)215-0200 or on
his cell at (510)229-8022.
If you've been in a plumbing emergency situation you will know
how grateful I am to BPN for the referrals. I called several
listed plumbers, got three replys, two were booked but within
three hours Bart McCoy had given me a very clear assessment of
the problem and possible solutions- then he proceded to fix the
problem. Emergency situation solved quickly, reasonably and by
a man that I would definitely recommend to a friend.
Thanks to recommendations from BPN, we recently engaged Albert
Nahman to install a new water main and tankless water heater.
What a pleasure! Albert and Gabe worked with us to help us
understand our options and assisted us in selecting a plan of
action that was cost effective and has resulted in solving our
problems with hot water availability and overall water
pressure. We were extremely pleased with the customer focus
and attention to detail delivered by Albert and his entire
staff. We found them to be professional, prompt and
courteous. The work was accomplished on schedule and within
the estimate we were provided. There is a reason these guys
are Diamond rated and they deserve it.
John and Sherry
If anyone out there is looking for an awesome plumber we have
found just the guy. His name is Aaron Ray and his phone number
is: 510. 229.2533.
We just finished a long and exhausting kitchen and bath remodel
is our Kensington home. I had heard horror stories of flaky
subcontractors who overcharge and don't show up on time... While
that was certainly the case for our tile guy and our painter
(don't even get me started), Aaron the plumber was perfect. He
was punctual, reliable, smart, fast, fair priced and overall had
a great, easy going personality. Our bathroom project was fairly
complex but he did it all flawlessly. (double person shower,
steam unit, two shower heads, moved the sinks and toilet to new
locations...) Our kitchen project was more straightforwad but
was done with great skill and attention to detail.
Anyway, I just wanted to let anyone know who might be looking
for an ethical and reliable plumber to give Aaron a call.
We called Kleker Plumbing to come to our home to replace our old
23-year old water heater with a new water heater. They sent over
a plumber who was very nice and professional. He quickly removed
the old water heater and then installed the new one. He cleaned
up the area when he was done and placed the old water heater
inside his vehicle.
While the plumber was here, he did a spot check of our plumbing
and was kind enough to stop a couple of minor leaks - that was
great! Their number is (510) 261-1425.
Affordable plumber to install dishwasher
we're looking for an affordable plumber (and actually electrician
too!) to install our dishwasher. this would be a new
installation for our kitchen. any leads on reliable, affordable
folks would be tremendously helpful!
You don't need to hire a plumber. We bought our dishwasher at Sears, and just paid
for the installation. There was not a dishwasher previously installed there, and the
person Sears sent plumbed in a line off of our sink, and through a cabinet. We did
have a plug already that we could use, but you should ask, they may be able to do
electrical as well. It was a pretty reasonable charge and a perfectly fine installation job
- a year later we have had no problems.
Call Galvin Appliances in Albany and ask them for the name of
the independent installation service they refer people to. I
can't remember the name off hand, but I've had him install one
dishwasher, and a microwave/oven wall unit, and all the work was
excellent (and not as expensive as a plumber might be).
I am a handyman and carpenter based in Berkeley who has done
this. Installing a dishwasher where there was no dishwasher
before needs multiple skills: a good carpenter (to modify the
cabinets), electrician (to install a proper plug under cabinet)
AND plumber (to hook up feed and drain lines) ... or a GOOD
If anyone is in need of a great plumber Jeff Moore is your guy.
His number is 510-351-7778 or 510-910-3586. He is very
responsive, reasonably priced and, of course, extremely
competent. We have used him for any number of jobs/problems
(new bathroom and repairs on old plumbing) and he has fixed
every one of them quickly. We've had a few different guys from
his team and each one has been a pleasure and they are all very
I'd like to post a recommendation for Tom Petersen of ATP Plumbing. We were very
happy with the work he did for us on our Albany remodel. He and his assistant Pawgi
(sp?) almost entirely re-plumbed our house. They also installed a radiant heating
system that includes a concrete slab that's approximately 1000 sq. feet and another
800 sq. feet or so under existing hardware floors. In addition to all the heating,
Munchkin boiler they installed also heats the tank that supplies the household hot
water. Tom has also done some small repairs for us and we've always found him to be
very responsive, honest and thorough. He's in Berkeley and you can reach him at
I recommend Superior Plumbing in Pinole 510-222-7608. I learned about them
through my insurance company. They are very responsive, polite, responsible and
competent with reasonable prices. Last Thanksgiving they saved my dinner party
my garbage disposal broke and water backed up into the bathtub!!! I plan to use
for all my plumbing needs.
Facing a possible water shortage this year, I wanted to do
something to make my 1940s-ish house a little more
''green''. I spoke with Eric at Cal
Plumbing and he educated me about the efficiency of the Kohler
low-flow toilet, telling me I would save thousands of gallons of
water a year. I couldn't believe he talked me into letting go of
our trusty commode, but he did, and I love our new Kohler! It's
fast, efficient, and saves me money (about $10 off our last
bill). While he was at my house, he also installed an
earthquake shutoff valve to my gas line which qualified me for a
discount on my homeowners insurance (and brings me some peace of
mind in the event of the next shaker!). Yes, I had to spend a
little bit of money, but I feel good about the investment in my
home. He's had good reviews on BPN, and don't hesitate to call
Eric at (510) 215-0200.
Bart McCoy (510-350-7093) is a local plumber who is
professional, friendly, and honest. He took the time to come
to my house early in the morning, and arrived on time. After
diagnosing the problem within 15 minutes, he left to buy parts
and returned within half an hour. All in all, I'm a happy
camper...would definitely use him again.
I want to recommend my plumber for any plumbing job. He just
finished a whole house repipe for me in Oakland and did a
fantastic job. Off all the plumbers I solicited, he was the only
one to spend a lot of time on the estimate, come up with a plan
to fix my problems, and give me a price idea on the spot. When
he got the job, he started promptly, worked the whole job every
day, stayed late to make sure the water was back on each day,
cleaned up, and troubleshoot any further problems he found as he
worked. He and his crew were super nice, and my son loved them.
I had him do a small job a few weeks later and it went just as
smoothly. His prices are also great, and they didn't inflate
even with small changes after the job began. His references were
all as enthusiastic as this one. He is a licensed contractor and
his name is Armando Perez, telephone 510-253-8049.
Plumber to upgrade our Concord house
We have a laundry list of things to upgrade around our Concord
area house as it is looking like it needs some updating. We need
to install new bathroom cabinets, flooring, & replacing the
kitchen sink & the entry door. Does anyone have any recent
recommendations for a plumber and/or carpenter please? Thanx
for your reply in advance!
I would like to recommend Rynearson Plumbing & Heating of Pinole for all your
plumbing needs. Steven Rynearson always returns my calls promptly, is
his prices are reasonable. He ran the pipes for the gas stove I bought (to
electric stove) when I moved into my new house, and has done other plumbing jobs
since then. He can be reached at 510/223-5495.
If you still need a plumber, I highly recommend Edgar Amaya from
Pipe Arts Plumbing, also recommend by others on BPN. We recently
needed a repair done on a very old shower. We called another
plumber first (one who was recommended on the BPN site) and let's
just say that the shower remained unfixed. When I called Edgar
from Pipe Arts, he showed up when he said he would (I had to wait
a week for an appointment but it was worth it), he called to
follow up the next day, and he came back the following day to
finish everything up. It turned out that the part we needed was
no longer made, and we were on the brink of having a custom part
made at a very high cost. Edgar came up with a creative solution
which saved us hundreds of dollars. He fixed the problem, and it
looks great. He also put in a disposal for us. Next time around,
I'll call him first. He is smart, courteous, efficient, and does
what he says he will do. His number is (510) 526-7589, and his
website is http://pipeartsplumbing.net/
Plumber near Walnut Creek/Lafayette
Any recommendations for a plumber in the Walnut Creek/Lafayette
Diablo Rooter in Walnut Creek (925-934-1944) is a small,
family-owned plumbing business that I was recently very impressed
with. They have been in business for a long time and received
check ratings (top group) for both quality and price in a recent
Consumers Checkbook survey. I called them to re-install a washer
and dryer that had been removed after our water heater broke and
flooded part of our house, requiring some pretty major disaster
recovery work. The owner and his one employee came out
together--I got the feeling they frequently or always work as a
team--and were very pleasant and very knowledgeable. They
pointed out some minor flaws in the way the new water heater had
been installed, and fixed what they could for no charge. They
have very high standards about how they do their work, yet their
charges were quite reasonable. And they made a major effort to
re-arrange their schedule so they could get to my house the day I
called, which I really appreciated after having been unable to do
any laundry for two weeks. They had suggested I call CoCo (for
Contra Costa) Plumbing when they initially thought they wouldn't
be able to make it, so I would guess that they're good, too.
Happy with my plumbers
Re: Jim Bustos Plumbing Alameda
First, I want to say that we have no issues with the quality of
work they did. We had our main water line replaced. We've had
no problems with it.
The water line was first looked at by this company and my
husband was told that if he dug the trench himself, we'd save
$100/hour in labor. We dug the trench.
A year later we had him back to discuss the work. He vaguely
told my husband it would be ''a few hours at $90/hour'' and
wouldn't cost more than $1000 and about $100 in parts. I didn't
like the vagueness of this negotiating and called the owner
myself, trying to get an estimate in writing. He sweet talked
me out of it, adding that he hadn't survived 35 years in this
town by cheating people.
The employee came to do the work, did it in 2.5 hours, and left
the amounts for the parts blank on the bill my husband signed.
My husband was home the entire time they did the work.
However, the bill my husband signed said ''3 hours at $90'' and my
husband figured that included travel time.
One month later their copy of the bill came to us in the mail
(fortunately they had given us a copy of what we signed). The
new bill had ''3'' crossed out, replaced with 3.5, then crossed
out and replaced with 4. As for the rate, $90 was crossed out
and replaced with $120. ? The parts came out to around
Needless to say, we paid 3 hours at $90, played phone tag with
the company over the bill and at the end of the day they cashed
our check and we've never heard from them again. However, we've
since heard similar stories and are truly stunned by this
business practice. Based on our story alone, we would never
recommend this business.
Get it in writing, always
We recently called Bart McCoy to help us with very low water
pressure and annoying knocking sounds in the plumbing of our
1907 house. He called us back promptly, and arrived at our
house on time the next morning, as promised. Bart was able to
analyze the problem, explained the situation in laymanms terms,
and although the ultimate long-term solution will be to re-pipe
portions of our plumbing, he offered numerous solutions to fix
the problem without draining our bank account. He was
courteous, professional, reasonably priced, and really seems to
know his craft. We highly recommend him, and will certainly
call him again. He can be reached at 510-350-7093 (H) or on
his cell at 970-361-1165.
Joseph & Monika in Oakland
East Bay plumber for older house
Can anyone recommend a good plumber who works in the East Bay?
Preferably someone with experience with older houses as well as
with tankless water heaters. Thanks!
-- need a good plumber
For the most professional plumbing company I've ever
experienced, call Steve Ferguson at Mr. Rooter Plumbing in
Berkeley. I've never seen anyone more professional, more
organized and more informed about everything to do with
plumbing than Steve and his team. He's been in business for
over 30 years and I promise, you won't be disappointed. Steve's
phone number is (510)843-6378
We had a great experience recently with Ron Pringle of Heating Experts. Ron had
done some excellent work for us last year on our gas line. He mentioned at that
time that he also took plumbing jobs.
Last week we woke up to water dripping from our ceiling from the rental unit above.
Needless to say my husband and I freaked out and called numerous plumbers for
same day service. It was a blessing to remember that Ron did plumbing work. He
came over immediately and solved the entire problem that day. Ron gives accurate
extimated and has years of experience, meaning high quality work.
Call Ron for small to large plumbing and heating jobs: (510) 527-2601
I wanted to reaffirm the earlier positive reviews of Ted Reiner,
a truly service-oriented plumber. Ted has done several jobs
for me, including installing a new hot water heater.
Unfortunately, we had a run of bad luck in obtaining a new one
that worked (would you believe that two band new hot water
heaters could be defective?). The first service rep was not
helpful. Ted spent countless hours at no charge, working on the
heater and dealing with the supplier until we had hot water
again. He's someone that you can count on, which means a lot
nowadays. His office number is (510) 525-5335; cell is (510)
Just another recommendation for Michael Stabile. He recently
came to fix a number of small problems at our house, including
replacing a washing machine standpipe, and fixing our toilet and
a sink drain. All were done efficiently, cleanly, and with a
I can highly recommend Pipe Arts Plumbing. Edgar Amaya is the
main plumber and is extremely friendly and efficient. He's
definitely not the cheapest but specializes in working on old
fixtures. You can contact him at 510-847-2927.
We highly recommend Pelican Plumbers (Raul Delgado). Raul is
licensed and very service oriented, has a pleasant disposition
and is easy to communicate and work with.
Raul and a co-worker finished all of the plumbing for a major
kitchen remodel in a timely and efficient manner and paid
attention to all details. The project involved all 1st floor
kitchen gas and water lines and the rerouting all of water,
drainage and gas lines from a 2nd floor bathroom and furnace
(which traversed a kitchen wall that was being removed).
Any surprises that arose (e.g., lmysteryn pipes and vents
leading to lunknown destinationsn) were evaluated and dealt
with on the spot.
Raul offered a very reasonable and competitive bid and did
not lnickel and dimen us for a few small extras which arose
during the project.
To contact Pelican Plumbers: 510-812-1996
I want to recommend a plumber (and -- full disclosure -- my
brother-in-law), Bart McCoy -- he has done some work on our
house including fixing some bad pipe work that was done,
realigning a toilet that had been installed sloppily, etc.
He is available for repair jobs, small remodeling jobs, &
service (boilers, water heaters). He is a licensed master
plumber and looking for extra work on weekends and occasional
Best way to reach him is 510-350-7093 (home)
970-361-1165 (cell) (phone numbers corrected 2/24/07)
I would like to recommend Eric of Cal Plumbing (510-215-0200).
I called Eric because he was highly recommended by other BPN
members for his good work, fair prices, and good service. I
needed a bunch of ''small jobs'' taken care of and Eric set aside
a day to work as long as needed. He arrived exactly on time,
reviewed my list of plumbing problems (something useful to
prepare in advance) and took a quick look at each project
before giving me an estimate for the parts and labor -- as well
as a clear explanation of the problems and solutions. He left
briefly to buy needed parts (and did NOT charge me for the
shopping time) and then returned to work. He worked
efficiently and left everything in clean, working order. At
the end of the day, he gave me a clear invoice and explained
the charges. Eric was very polite and courteous. He made a
special effort to remove his shoes in our house (as we do) even
though he went in and out of the house to his truck many times
and the shoe removal was probably a hassle. In short, I HIGHLY
RECOMMEND ERIC AND CAL PLUMBING. I would definitely call him
If you are looking for a good plumber for an older house, I can
highly recommend Eric McIntosh of Cal Plumbing. His number is
(510)215-0200. I have used him three times now for different
issues, and he promptly returns calls. He is obviously okay
keeping older plumbing systems in working order, rather than
immediately trying to sell a (pricey) upgrade. Often, with a
little attention, something old still has a good number of years
in it, and he is careful to explain what to look out for that
would indicate an issue may need more attention. Also, he pays
meticulous attention to what he's doing, and will pre-emptively
fix small things that will likely turn into a major problem soon.
For example, while unclogging a slow drain, he noticed that one
of the pipes had a small crack in it, that while not leaking now,
would inevitable cause a leak down the road. Fortunately, he had
a little bit of pipe in his van and fixed it right away. He also
gave really good advice on replacing some other fixtures. I don't
hesitate recommending him, and will certain keep using him for
small and big jobs in the future!
THANK YOU, Eric, of Cal Plumbing! I kept putting off doing
something about the numerous plumbing issues in my 1940s Berkeley
house (leaky faucet, poor water pressure, inconsistent hot
water). I've had a couple of plumbers come out over the years,
but none of them really fixed anything. I finally called Eric
and he was able to diagnose my problem over the phone, and he
came to fix it the next day. He also gave me a very competitive
bid to repipe my house to copper, and I can't believe the
difference in water pressure...it's like a new house! He's
licensed/insured and his work passed the Berkeley Building
Department's inspection with flying colors. I actually feel like
I got my money's worth. He does all the work himself, so call
Eric, Cal Plumbing at (510) 215-0200.
Anne in Berkeley
Michael Your Plumber
Well, I have fabulous water pressure now that Michael fixed our kitchen
sink and tub. I cannot say enough good about him. Efficient, on-time,
Forbes in Oakland did all the plumbing on our second-storey
addition. (510) 452-2844 They installed the usual water, etc and
also a radiant heating system that we love. Excellent work and
I called Michael Stabile (472-0123)to replace my water pressure
regulator. Michael was extremely considerate, worked around my
schedule and took the time to explain to me what needed to be done and
what he was doing. He had to do some extra work beyond the regular job
because of the way the old regulator was installed, but Michael went
out of his way to replace the regulator for under the price quoted by
other plumbers, and only $25 over his original estimate despite the
complications. I recommend him highly!
Our hot water heater started leaking last week. So when I found a recommendation for Michael
Stabile on BPN I asked him to come out to give me an estimate. He came to the house within
an hour, quoted me a reasonable price and promised to come at noon the next day to take the
old heater out and install a new one. In describing what I wanted done I mentioned that I
wanted the new heater to sit in a metal pan with an attacked hose so that it wouldn't leak
through the ceiling below the heater the way it had this time. But after giving me his quote
he suggested that I go out and get the matterials for the pan, which I did. But an hour
before he was scheduled to begin work he called to say that he'd double-booked himself and
couldn't do the work after all. He also wouldn't reschedule for another time. I don't know
why he lost interest in doing the work, but the result was that we were without hot water in
the house for an additional couple of days before we were able to get somebo!
dy else to come out to do the work.
I found Michael Stabile on the BPN and would like to highly
recommend him to others. He was attentive, prompt, friendly and
clearly loves his job. He took the time to show me everything he
was doing, even though it was a relatively simple job, and warned
me of things to watch for from other plumbers. He lives in Berkeley
and even sent a thank you card. We have not had a single problem
since he came, and we had to call him because the roto-generic
plumber that came first didn't fix it and told us we needed a $1700
outside pipe replacement. Michael works for himself and seems to do
the work because he wants to, which is nice.
We adore Michael Stabile! Great plumber, great guy, capable and
honest. He has worked on our house, my mum's house and I have
recommended him often with no complaints.
Michael Stabile - 510-472-0123 (he doesn't use email but he does
Roberto from RVO plumbing is responsive, fast, and really great to
work with. He replaced and relocated a water heater and gasline,
and we were very satisfied with his work. Very reasonably priced,
too. (510) 245-8580
Steve Ferguson of Mr. Rooter is awesome. Many years ago he was
recommended to me and I still use his services. That is what he
specializes in, keeping customers for life! His business is family
run and those employees who are not family are treated like family.
They are also very respectful of your house. They always wear shoe
covers! They can take care of anything that involves a pipe around
your house. 510-843-6378
I also used Mike Thomas on BPN referral; We had to have everything he did torn out.
After the fact, we found out he is NOT licensed. I am looking for him to take him to
court for his bad work. Please contact me if you have any info on him...phone
number, address, etc.
Based on a BPN recommendation, we also used Mike Thomas on some jobs in our house, and
sometimes left him alone in the house to go off and do other things. His work was not
so good, and his dependability was abysmal. At one point he called and asked if he
could be paid for some work he hadn't yet finished, so we asked if he could please
come by and finish the work first. He said he would. But he never did, and we never
heard from him again. A couple of weeks later, we got our bank statement (which
contains copies of our checks). There was an out-of-sequence check with a forged
signature that had been cashed, made out to a 'Mike Thomas'. Sure enough, the check
was missing from the middle of the checkbook. We reported the theft and forgery to
the local police and to our bank. (But the good news: since it was an obvious
forgery, our bank reimbursed us for the check.)
I saw the recent recommendation for Eric at Cal Plumbing and realized that I had needed to add my thanks. I had a couple of problems - starting with a water heater that was releasing a lot of water (through the release valve). He was able to squeeze me in to fix the immediate problem, but then let me know I had the same problem that another poster had - a defective diptube and needed to replace the water heater. He came as scheduled and did the work wonderfully. He even cleaned up evidence of an old mouse infestation that was hiding behind the old water heater. He was a pleasure to work with and he couldn't have been nicer.
Michael Stabile (his professional name is Michael Your Plumber)is terrific. He came on time; within 35 minutes he had replaced the washers in my shower head - instead of charging $95 he charged $85 because it was a simple job. He said that he quit working for a company because they would charge a customer over $150 and he wants to work without these huge costs to customers. A refreshing attitude for a change.
I recently called Ehret Plumbing to fix a sink and a few other minor problems. The first time they came there was no problem. A few things needed parts from the shop, and I was told he'd come by first thing in the morning to wrap it up. No show. No call. I called at the end of the morning and was told oh, he got really busy--would you like to reschedule? (gotta love that--they don't call but would I like to reschedule?) I did, for the next morning. 4 hour window. Unbelievable, but the guy didn't show. Or call. I called the dispatch, clearly peeved, and got the same thing: Sorry, he got backed up, would you like to reschedule? I let her know what I thought of this treatment in significant detail but again the only recourse was to reschedule. He came. Barely mumbled an apology--barely. I
The bathroom faucet is done wrong, the kitchen sink has a part missing and poor pressure. I will not use them again and neither should you!
Hosed by Ehret
I just wanted to recommend an amazing plumber, Michael Stabile 472-0123. We called him to help us with a clogged kitchen drain. He was very prompted (Gave us an actual time he was going to arrive not a 4 hour window) and completed the job and actually fixed a few other problems as well for a reasonable price. He is friendly and knows his plumbing.
High Recommendations for Michael Stabile, "Michael Your Plumber" He repaired two leaky pipes in our house, and was quick, professional and on time. His number is 510.-472-0123
Note from moderator: I used Michael Stabile also to connect my new refrigerator ice maker. He was on time, efficient, accommodating, answered lots of questions. I would use him again. -kk
I wanted to add another positive review for Eric of Cal Plumbing (510) 215-0200. After our house lost significant water pressure, I tried 2 different plumbers who could not find what was causing our pressure problems. We even had a visit from EBMUD. No one could figure it out. After seeing the positive reviews for Eric on BPN I called him and left a message describing our situation. Even though we were not in the area he normally services (Moraga), he was kind enough to call me back and tell me exactly what was wrong (diptube problem in the water heater) and what to do to remedy the situation (replace the water heater.) I found a local guy to replace the water heater, and even he had never seen a situation like ours. I really think if I had not called Eric we would still not know what was wrong with our pressure. Thanks to Eric, our water problems our solved.
A cautionary tale regarding contractors: Ehret Plumbing was a locally owned company (since 1974) with a well-deserved good reputation. In 1999, Ehret was bought out by a large corporation that nearly ran the company into the ground. Their work and customer service were poor, and generated many, many customer complaints. (Interestingly enough, the corporation bought several locally owned plumbing companies, but only kept the name of a couple, including Ehret, presumably because of their good reputations). In early 2004, Ehret Plumbing was purchased again and is once again a locally owned company. As far as I can tell, the new owner is doing a much better job, and it may be a good sign that I haven't heard any feedback--good or bad--about his work. (I know of one case in which the lnewn Ehret went back to make some minor corrections to work done incorrectly by lmiddlen Ehret). Essentially, Ehret Plumbing has been over the last 6 years 3 different companies with the same name.
Ted Reiner helped us install plumbing in our guest cottage at our home in Kensington. He was efficient and his work was excellent. I highly recommend him. He's in Kensington at 510-375-7690 or 510-525-5335.
I wanted to recommend Micheal Stabile, or "Michael Your Plumber." Recently a transplant and new homeowner from San Francisco. We awoke one morning to a very leaky drain. We found Michael on the BPN, called him up, and he was at our house within hours. His prices were very reasonable, and we felt like we got a great deal with him. He's punctual, professional and very personable. We'll definitely call him next time!! - Happy Berkeley Resident
I would like to recommend Michael Stabile, who I hired last week based on reference in an older post on this Network. I was worried that it would be hard to get my leaking kitchen sink pipe repaired during Thanksgiving week. He arrived within an hour of my call, was easy to talk with, patient and clear in explaining the work needed, and gave a fair estimate.
When the project got more involved, he fit in extra time to complete it within a few days, after doing a temporary fix that got my kitchen sink draining again. He left the work area clean, and was a pleasure to do business with... I'm a single female homeowner, and was relieved to find a plumber who would be fair with me. Michael can be reached at 472-0123.
I wanted to add my recommendation for Michael Stabile (510- 472-0123) for your plumbing needs. He was efficient, reliable, trustworthy, and very reasonably priced. He did a great job for us on several projects. He also was happy to answer endless questions from my curious children!
Wanted to recommend a very good plumbing company based in Alameda for those who need a plumber. I recently used Jim Bustos Plumbing, 510-521 1576 for a food disposal replacement, water pressure problems and an overflowing dishwasher. What pleasantly surprised me was that, aside from the fact they quoted me and ultimately cost less than HALF Olsson Plumbing's quote, they were friendly and responsive from first contact to job finish. So often contractors can be arrogant and curt in my experience. These guys are good.
please save yourself a headache and do not use rey lecayo. last year we bought an old house and needed to have it entirely replumbed. we went with rey lacayo based on positive reviews from the network and his cheep price. (unfortunately, we didn't call refereneces). rey is a very nice guy, but the job was incredibly poorly done and we had to call him back several times to finish or fix his work. after the first day, he left his workers here by themselves. they did bad welding jobs so the pipes leaked at the top of the water heater, they cut a dryer vent hole in the wall in the wrong place and left the hole there, they ran a gas line at chest height through the middle of a storage space. rey misdagnosed a simple faucet problem saying he would have to tear out tiles to fix it (we told him to skip it and later had it done in 5 minutes by a different plumber). he half removed drainage pipes and left the remaining pipes hanging from the basement ceiling (still there). the list go!
es on. i wish i hadn't trusted the positive reviews on the network! rey is a really nice guy, but his work is shoddy and his attitude unprofessional. i have serious doubts about the qualifications of the helpers he employs.
the next time we needed a plumber to fix the leaking drains around our tub we called the lunt marymor company - 510-985-2889. they were quick professional and reasonably priced.
- learned the hard way
I just read a resent review bashing Mike Thomas (plumber). My daughter recommended this site for various resources and I found Mike Thomas to be an excellent, reliable, and affordable plumber. As a single mother of three and revonavating my business ,in reach I have owned in Berkeley for over 20 years, I was very happy to find a local plumber who could work for me with my specific request. I advice all to give Mike Thomas a chance. I was highly satisfied and you will be too!
I find it really hard to believe that Rey LaCayo has gotten negative reviews. My experience with him was professional. His work was excellent, his prices were competitive and his crew always cleaned up after themselves. We used him at 2 different locations with complex plumbing and heating needs in a Victorian house and a new bathroom, heating and plumbing in a Tudor. I have referred several friends to him who still retain his services and would not hesitate to use him again.
I have used Rey Lacayo for various plumbing jobs for the last threee years. I originally found him at this site with many positive reviews. He has replaced old gavanized pipe with copper, reconfigured the hook-up for my washer and most recently fixed a serious problem in my bathroom shower.
My basement shower drain had become disconneted and all the waste water was plowing directly into the ground below (this was an existing shower that was installed before we bought the house). Another plumber may have not thought of creative solution to get to the drain in cement floored bathroom. The obvious choice would have been to remove the shower stall. That would have meant demolishing the whole bathroom, since the shower stall is too wide to fit out the bathroom door. Rey realized that it would be much less expensive to jack hammer the floor in front of the shower and dig out the earth to get to the shower drain.
When Rey can find a way to save the client (me) money he does, when that is not possible he is upfront on the cost of a job and lets me know there is no way around the cost. Rey always does a professional job without cutting corners, he is very polite, and easy to talk to. I highly recommend him and in fact my friends now call Rey when they need a plumber.
His # is 415.726.8549 (cell) or 510.336.3497
I'm sorry to hear about the negative reviews with Rey Lacayo. From my own experience, he was honest, efficient, and a great value. We wanted to install a new forced air furnace, so I secured bids from 4 other companies (Ehret, Ceridono, Atlas, Harry Clark) and Rey was the best value of all of them.
Based on our good experience with him on the furnace, we had him install a new washer/dryer hookup. Again, he was honest and timely and worked well with the electrician. I would gladly use him again and would recommended him to others.
Although he is not lacking in positive reviews, I have to strongly recommend Eric/Cal Plumbing (510) 215-0200. He recently installed a utility sink in my laundry room. Not only did he bid several hundred below previous plumbers, he noticed existing pipes that stuck out too far and cut them back, refitted some bad refittings...overall, was kind, timely, affordable, very sweet.
I'd like to second Majorie's recommendation for Michael Stabile, at 472-0123. I was stuck with a critical plumbing problem on Saturday, found Michael's number on BPN, called him, and thanks to good timing, found he was going to be in my neighborhood within the hour. Michael came by shortly thereafter and did exactly what was needed to remedy the situation. He was knowledgeable, fast, direct, and extremely reasonable.
If you have a plumbing repair issue, I'd recommend giving Michael "Your Plumber" Stabile a call at 510-472-0123. I had a goofy kitchen faucet repair issue (be aware, DIYers, that some new faucets are being delivered with different size hookups for your hot/cold feeds). I called on a Tuesday morning, he was able to come by on my schedule after work on Wednesday. He sized up the situation, explained what he could and could not fix on the spot, and agreed to come the next day to finish up. He was prompt, courteous, and informative. He explained what he was doing and potential issues, and some general plumbing advice.
When you have a plumbing problem, Michael "Your Plumber" Stabile at 510-472-0123 should be one to call.
I want to highly recommend Michael Stabile (510) 472-0123, of Michael, Your Plumber. A friend found his name on the BPN and was more than happy with his
work. He came out on a Sunday to fix a leaky toilet, showed up exactly when he said he would, did a great job and cleaned up afterward. He not only did not charge extra for the weekend, he charged below the going rate for week day service. He also threw in some smaller jobs for free and came back the next day with a part he needed to fix a leak in the basement for free as well. He was also a really great guy to talk to and thoroughly answered all questions.
I'd like to second the problems mentioned in an earlier posting with the plumber Mike Thomas. I used him after reading the favorable recommendations from BPN and it's been a disaster. He's always late, didn't fix my plumbing problem and now won't return my calls. Hopefully someone knows some other good plumbers - there have got to be more out there!
I logged in to write a note of appreciation for the recommendation I got here for Rey Lacayo. I am surprised to see that negative reviews have appeared since I last checked. I am very pleased with the work Rey has done for me. His workerms were responsive and courteous, and completed the work in less time than estimated. In addition to replacing all the pipes in the house for less than other estimates, he fixed plumbing problems that 2 plumbers botched and 2 others refused to attempt fixing.
So thank you for the recommendation and I will definitely use them again.
I am following up on a June posting about Cal Plumbing. I just had an (Emergency!!) need for a plumbing expert, and when I called Eric McIntosh, he immediately came over and fixed my (pouring water) faucet! This is the same faucet two other plumbers have never been able to actually fix permanently (hence, the ongoing problem). He was obviously very prompt, courteous and professional. Most importantly, skilled.
I would recommend giving him a call, although he says his new business is going very well, indeed. Number is 510.215.0200.
We used Rey Lacayo for installation of a tankless hot water heater and for a mini-split heatpump. Both were done professionally and with no problems from either a hassle perspective or a permitting perspective.
We expect to use him again when we remodel our kitchen (we'll need our gas line extended and a new sink plumbed in).
To the person who posted a poor experience with Mike Thomas, I thought I was reading about my own experience. Please contact me if you don't mind. I like to discuss further. Thanks
Because Eric of Cal Plumbing (highly recommended by BPN) was booked up, I used Mike Thomas's plumbing services, also recommended by one person on your site. I just wanted to confirm that I was highly satisfied: he's reasonably-priced, competent, explained everything patiently and thought out intelligent ways to head off some potential problems in the future. Jane
I am a general contractor and regret that in early May I posted a recommendation of plumber Mike Thomas. His prices were good, but I should have waited until I had more experience with him. He has cost me considerable money on 3 jobs, has not done work according to code, has said he has done work that he has not, has not corrected mistakes he made, even though he promised to do so, and he will not return phone calls. I've had to hire other people to correct his mistakes and to finish what he left undone. He has told me that he gets many calls from people on the BPN, and I only wish there was a way for me to delete the previous recommendation. I'd be glad to elaborate by phone, -Larry G.
We hired Rey Lacayo to replace our hot water heater. He pushed for the tankless heater which we were a little nervous about. He quoted a price which was supposed to have a circulating pump, this ended up to not be included. He knew we had old pipes and low water pressure. This does not work with a tankless - you need high water pressure. On top of this, he did not install it correctly and we were without hot water for a couple of weeks, before we contacted the heater manufacturers to troubleshoot. I would not recommend Rey for any plumbing work.
I hired Mike Thomas based on a recommendation posted here, and need to report that I had a bad experience with him and I do not recommend him to anyone else on this list.
In terms of the work, Mike has left me with an unfinished project. There are a good number of small, but significant, tasks, to be completed, and additionally he needs to replace a very nice porcelain faucet handle that he broke.
It now seems that some of the work he did is not to code and will have to be redone. I made the BIG mistake of paying him in full for the job, trusting him to come back and make it all right, because he was desperate for money (will I ever learn?).
In terms of dealing with him, he is new to self-employment and really does not have a concept of how to deal with clients, communicate about the job, etc. Given his unprofessional self-presentation, I would not have hired him if not for the PN recommendation.
I have not heard from him now for 5 weeks, since I gave him the final payment. He has not returned numerous phone messages, and I have no indication that he has any intention of seeing the job through to completeion.
I am now in a situation where I will probably have to hire another plumber to finish and fix the job at my own expenses. I could then take Mike to small claims court to recover the money. With proper documentation I would get an automatic judgement in my favor since he is contracting without a license (no, he doesn't have a contractors license). But since he has no money it is unlikely I would ever see it.
I just want to reiterate the good reviews of Eric at Cal Plumbing (510/215-0200) because he just started the business and I'm sure he can use more good referrals (plus his wife just gave birth to their second child 2 weeks ago!). I called him about my leaky water heater and he came out within hours to check it out and fix it. He was also very nice to my 6-year old son who had a thousand questions for him. Thanks again, Eric!
Good, trustworthy plumbers are hard to find, and I found one who just started his own business so he's anxious to please for the RIGHT price! Call Eric at Cal Plumbing (510/215-0200). I own some rental property and had always used one of the BPN-recommended plumbers, but I noticed the quality of their work went way down unless Eric did the work for me. He's worked in the area for a long time so knows the ins and outs of the older homes...he has repaired and replaced fixtures, water heaters, gas lines, and quake-safe shutoff valves for me. He also installed a great water filtration system, tankless water heater, and repiped my own house at prices way below the other estimates I received. And, I was comfortable with him doing the work when no one was at home. Give Eric at Cal Plumbing a call: 510/215-0200.
We used Neptune Plumbing in Hayward and worked with Gabe, who is the owner of the company. He decided to not honor the appointment we had scheduled 4 days earlier. Instead, he cancelled (2 hours after the scheduled appointment). His reasoning was so he could do other jobs of more importance because he was backed up with 20 potential clients without a scheduled appointment. We scheduled the appointment on Friday and he mentioned that we would be the 1st client on Tuesday at 8:30am. He knew we were without plumbing for 5 days already and that it was an emergency. He chose to disregard the appointment he made so he could respond to newer plumbing opportunities.
We STRONGLY DON'T recommend Gabe at Neptune Plumbing. With his lack of response, disregard to us as customers and rude behavior we strongly advise you not to work with Neptune Plumbing.
Frustrated home owner
I'd like to recommend a plumber, Michael Stabile, that has done repair work on our home. He is affordable, efficient, and was very responsive to our plumbing crisis when our water heater began leaking copious amounts of water. He replaced our water heater and installed a toilet sprayer nozzle for cleaning cloth diapers. He has mostly repair experience, and has been very helpful with over-the-phone advice regarding our sewer line (that actually doesn't need work YET). He is very ethical and won't try to sell you work or equipment that you don't need. His number is 472-0123.
I hired Eric from Cal Plumbing this week after seeing a recommendation in last week's newsletter, and he was great. I told him on I was on a budget but really needed my leaky faucet fixed. He showed up on time, explained what he had to do, and did it -- all in a reasonable amount of time for an extremely reasonable amount of money. He also answered a bunch of other plumbing questions I had but didn't pressure me to have it done right away. I'll definitely use him again because he did a good job and I don't feel ripped off. His number is 510.215.0200.
No More Leaks in El Cerrito
I recently saw a few people follow up with negative reviews of Rey LaCayo and I wanted to add our experience as well. He was very well-reviewed on BPN so we used him without talking to anyone else (I know, stupid, but we had babies on the way and were anxious to get the work done). He installed a hot water on demand system for us, and while the system works fine, I now know that he overcharged us by quite a bit. The crew also left a huge mess, broke a closet door, and did a shoddy job of repairing a leaky faucet. When I asked him to come back to deal with it all, he was very put out. I hope these negative reviews go up on the site soon because I'd hate for someone to trust him blindly based on the reviews, as we did.
ACP, Inc. plumbing services
I would like to thank whomever it was that recommended ACP, Inc. Plumbing services. They were terrific and I would also like to recommend them to others. They were prompt, courteous, friendly, efficient and they knew what they were doing. They can be reached at 237-8888 or 547-2578.
a satisfied customer
Hi, we are finally beginning to investigate replacing our
refrigerator, which is 20+ years old(!)... we wanted to get
one that has a built-in ice cube/water dispenser and,
therefore, need to have the plumbing line installed from
our sink. Sears and Best Buy said that their install could
include a plumber coming to do the water line which "in
most cases, is ~$95." I decided to have some other
plumbing work done, so I asked 3 different contractors to
quote the refrigerator job, too, and they all (ALL!!)
quoted more like $200-$225. The refrigerator would be only
~4-5 feet (if even that) away from the sink; you just have
to go through some cabinets, with one 90 degree turn. So,
are the Sears/Best Buy salespeople speaking nonsense, or
are the plumbing contractors (including Albert Nahman and
Rey Lecayo) really over-priced?
In response to the person requesting info about plumber Rey
Lacayo, I feel I should weigh in. I understand that this
newsletter does not accept unsolicited negative comments,
but since you asked, . . . We hired Rey for some extensive
work (based on recommendations on this website), and were
quite unhappy with many aspects of his work, including both
the money issues and the work itself. Among other issues,
we were overcharged, and we failed our initial inspection.
I would not recommend him; if you do, be sure to get a
written contract before he starts the work.
I just read the most recent comments about Rey Lacayo and want to share my
experience using him. My husband and I hired Rey to replace an old vanity
with a pedestal sink. Rey was timely, effencient, and very reasonable. I am
sorry to hear others had a different experience with him; however I want to be
sure others hear another perspective as we really found him quite competent
In the last letter there was a response about Rey Lacayo
that I feel I must add to...After seeing numerous positive
reviews of Rey here on the newsletter, we hired him for a
small bathroom leak job, which he did well and promptly,
about 2 months ago. I asked him then if he would be
available in November to do 2 additional jobs in our kitchen
(install new kitchen faucet and hook up ice/water piping in
our new fridge). He said yes, but it took 4 weeks of
calling and trying to get him to come, to finally nail down
a time and day. Then he didn't show up, and never called.
The next business day I called Mallard Plumbing, and they
called me back (on a weekend!), came within 2 business days,
did a great job, and charged a reasonable rate...
I wanted to add to the thread about Rey LaCayo, who we
found on Berkeley Parents Network. We used Rey for a large
remodel that involved significant plumbing overhaul. To
make a long story short, our inspector told us that the
plumbing work his team did in our home was shoddy and
called out several items that would need to be fixed for us
to pass inspection. When we called Rey and told him, he was
surly with us, and it took us really riding him to get him
to come back and fix the work. Even then, it took two trips
(more phone calls, more riding by us) to get him to
complete the things the inspector said were not to code.
Rey was VERY "put out" about having to make adjustments to
the work and tried to get us to pay more to get the job to
code. When we pushed back, he made some comment about my
husband being jewish, basically that all jews are cheap. If
anyone does any work with Rey, I would recommend witholding
part of the payment until you pass inspection.
On a separate note, Rey's workers cut through structural
joists when doing work in our home, which has always
horrified any other contractors who have been here.
I recently had some plumbing done by Abante Rooter Plumbing
and Remodeling Services. They did a great job at a
reasonable price. I strongly recommend them.
I would like to recommend Keith Oppelt of Associated
Contractors Plumbing, Inc. We found Keith through other
recommendations on Berkeley Parents network. Keith and his
crew completely re-plumbed our 1920 house in Berkeley
including replacing all of the inside plumbing as well as
running new copper pipe from the main under a sidewalk and
up a thirty foot hill to our house. His was the lowest bid
for the job among several plumbers and he and his crew
completed all of the work flawlessly and timely. He was
very pleasant to work with and completed various
additional plumbing jobs within a couple of days each time
we called him. Keith can be reached at 510-234-1777
I would like to recommend a plumber. Brian Feeney (415)
302-5275 (his number is SF, but he works out of N.
Berkeley) is a rare asset: reasonable, honest, and
knowledgeable. He repaired a water main rupture for us
that was under a very old oak and helped us to devise a
solution that would preserve the tree while keeping our
costs low. His fees are 30% cheaper than anyone else and
his work is excellent. He does plumbing, sewer, gas, water
heaters, etc. I have called a lot of people including most
of those recommended on this site, and I think he is the
best of the bunch. You can use my name.
Stephen on Euclid
I was lucky enough earlier this month to stumble upon a
truly skilled, helpful and reasonably priced plumber who has
his own business (he also works on a contract basis for a
big-name East Bay contractor, but of course you'd pay a big
premium to hire him through their dispatcher).
Guillermo Lewis can be reached at _____ *. He lives in
San Leandro and will accept work from Hayward to Richmond.
He has done the following jobs for me: fixed a leaky
kitchen sink; put a new drain in my bathtub; installed a new
toilet in our rental unit; and repaired my gas fireplace.
He advised me on grouting and caulking my bathtub (which I
successfully did myself) and on parts and supplies to buy
for some of the aforementioned jobs (I preferred to purchase
them myself, though of course he can provide them in the
course of his work). I recommend him highly.
* [editor] 1/16/2005: per email from Paul, the phone number is no longer valid.
This is a follow-up to earlier posts about plumbers/heating
contractors. After many ''adventures'' with other
contractors, I'm happy to be able to recommend this one!
We found Rey (Reynaldo) Lacayo of Lacayo-Colt Plumbing from
a posting here about a year ago, and have had him do some
major work on our 1920's Albany house since then. We've
been very pleased with the quality of his work, how nice he
is to work with, and his very reasonable prices. I've
heard him mention that he also does house calls for smaller
repair jobs, but I haven't needed that yet.
For some major work (replaced leaky gas lines, ancient
water/sewer lines, venting work) we interviewed & got
estimates from several other major local companies, and
each had elements of bids we considered really overpriced
(example, $1,100 to replace simple water heater vent pipe,
which should be about $150). Rey did a lot of work, worked
quickly & carefully, was responsive when we had questions,
and even threw in some minor repairs for free. We chose to
replace our faucets the weekend after he did all of this
work, and he even called to make sure that was going
We replaced our furnace last month, again got several
estimates, and again chose Rey. This was a conversion from
a central floor furnace to registers in each room, and his
work was beautiful (a concern since I love our hardwood
floors) and surprisingly fast. Also came with a warranty
(parts & labor, in addition to manufacturer's warranty for
furnace). Again we're really pleased...and wish other
contractors had been this easy & thorough!
Thank you, whoever posted the recommendations for him last
year - worked out really well for us. The numbers for Rey
Lacayo, Lacayo Colt Plumbing are office (510) 336-3497, and
his cell (415) 726-8549.
Alas, plumbing is never inexpensive but we highly
recommend Paul and his crew at Pipeline
Plumbing...reliable & professional
Phone: (510) 540-0837
I would like to make a recommendation for a plumbing
heating and cooling contractor to break concrete and install
toilet plumbing. His name is Rey LaCayo of LaCayo-Colt
Plumbing and Heating. He has done extensive work for us a
two locations with excellent results. The work ranged from
complete heating/cooling system, new bathroom including
sewer line, sheetrocking, fixtures and tiling. Rey has
excellent communciation skills and genuinely seems to enjoy
his work. His rates are competitive and although based in
Oakland will travel throughout the greater Bay Area. He can
be reached at 336-3497 or by cell at (415) 726-8549. Feel
free to contact me by E-mail if you have
Best of luck
In response to Heating system repair company wanted. I
would like to recommend Reynaldo Lacayo of Colt-LaCayo
Plumbing and Heating. (510)336-3497, his cell# is (415)726-
8549. He was recommended from the UCB Parents Recommendations
for Commercial Services
(fourth down from the top) He did both plumbing and
heating work for us and was great! He is easy to work with,
nice and friendly, really went that extra mile for us. We
were very very happy with his work.
I recently had the majority of my plumbing converted to copper, a
substantial and lengthy job. The guys (Anis and Smiley) at
Associated Plumbing Contractors (510-234-1777) did an excellent
job. I felt very comfortable with them in my home. They were
neat, conscientious and easy to work with. Most importantly, both
the City Inspector and my father-in-law commented on the high
quality of their work (high praise in my book!).
In the last newsletter several people were looking for
handyman,electricians, and plumbers, so I thought I would
post Javier Gonzonlez again. I have this fabulous handyman
that does all of the above, including childproofing
(installs gates and door guards, etc) and painting. He is
extremely reliable, hard working, exacting in his work,
affordable, honest and on time! He really does great
work. My whole neighborhood uses (Claremont Hills) him and
you can call me and I can pass you on to get other
reccommendations for him. Or contact him directly: Javier
Gonzolez (510) 599 0272
I would like to recommend an excellent plumbing, heating and
cooling contractor who does bathroom remodels as well. His
name is Rey LaCayo of LaCayo-Colt Plumbing and Heating. He
has done extensive work for us a two locations with
excellent results in an aging Victorian and a Tudor. The
work ranged from complete heating/cooling system, new
bathroom including sewer line, sheetrocking, fixtures and
tiling. He has remodeled a bathroom in a small space for a
co-worker with great results. Rey is easy to communicate
with and genuinely seems to enjoy his work. His rates are
competitive and although based in Oakland will travel
throughout the greater Bay Area. He can be reached at
336-3497 or by cell at (415) 726-8549. Feel free to contact
me by E-mail if you have any questions
Best of luck
We just used Lacayo Colt Plumbing (510-336-3496) last week
and thought they did a fantastic job!
Walker's Plumbing Services is located in Richmond. They
are a small company, really busy, but well worth it. 510
Whenever we need a plumber, the first place we call now is Olsson Plumbing in
Alameda (510/522-2442). About a year ago on a 3-day weekend in winter, we were
removing a bird feeder pole from the middle of our backyard. After breaking
the pole off at ground level, we learned it had a live gas pipe running
up the middle. After PG&E turned off the gas -they told us we needed to
have a plumber seal off the pipe. PG&E cautioned that not all plumbers will
turn the gas back on, so we'd need to call PG&E for an appointment for the
following week. After calling a dozen ''24-hour'' plumbers with answering
machines, we called Olsson. Not only did they send a plumber right over
(to San Leandro), but the guy they sent was great. He tapped off the pipe
under the house, turned on the gas so we'd have heat for the weekend, and
re-lit all the pilot lights. We later had Olsson install a new hot water
heater and toilet. They were always responsive, thorough, and definitely
knew what they were doing.
Call Paul at Pipeline Plumbing 658-1588.
We have used R.V.O. Plumbing 510-237-8580. He was recommended to us by
our neighbor. He is extremely efficient and reasonable.
I've had good luck with Mallard Plumbing for a number of
A good local plumber we work with is Leonard. His phone
number is 510-428-1417.
We have been using Superior heating and plumbing since we
moved to the area. They did some work for us early on and
we've just kept using them. I doubt they are the cheapest
but they are super reliable, always on time, do a great
job, and are very honest about what you do and don't need
so I can recommend them highly.
I would like to recommend an excellent plumbing and heating contracter who
has done extensive work at 2 different locations for us. His nsme is Reynaldo
Lacayo of Colt-LaCayo Plumbing and Heating based in Oaklnd. To date he has
installed 2 Central Heat systems for us, put in a new bathroom start to
finish including the new sewer line and drywall, fixed a drainage problem in
our backyard and installed a new water heater for us.The quality of his work
is first rate.He is personable, easy to communicate with, does the work in a
timely manner and actually likes the work he does. His rates are competitive
and no job is to large or small for him to handle. He can be reached at
(510)336-3497, his cell# is (415)726-8549.
We've recently found an excellent plumber who has done two separate
water-related jobs for us. His name is Ron Schali (510) 452-5225. Ron
will thoroughly analyze the problem, make sure you understand what's
involved and what your options are, and/or give you ideas how to fix
the problem yourself if appropriate. He will not try to sell you any
repairs you don't need. His rates are much more reasonable than any of
the plumber contractor's I have encountered. He runs pretty much a
one-person operation, and although he is sometimes busy with his main
occupation (ice sculpture carving), he is well worth it.
For the person looking for a plumber - I highly, highly recommend Joe
Minsell (sp?). His company is Atlantis Plumbing and his phone number is
(510) 237-6123. (Cell is (510) 301-3400). I don't know if his expertise
matches the situation you have, but he did a wonderful job for us with our
recent kitchen remodel (which included adding a washer and dryer). He was
friendly, prompt, smart, efficient and did excellent work. (In fact, I
have been meaning to write in with an unsolicited recommendation for him for
several months now). When our furnace died a month after the kitchen remodel
(unrelated), he came over on his lunch break from another job to take a look
at it and recommend someone who could fix it.
Josh Bortin of Montclair Plumbing and Heating (telephone
no. 510-869-0800) installed our new heater and vents and did some
other plumbing work for us recently. He was recommended to us by our
real estate agent. He has done quite a bit of work for the real
estate company. He did excellent work, was prompt and courteous and
was very reasonably priced. He told us if certain things didn't need
to be done, even though we originally planned to do them and also did
some followup work for us free of charge.
Does anyone have a good, RELIABLE,plumber to
Our kitchen drain pipe literally sprung a leak and a
I called ''Hands On Plumbing'' to schedule. They
of Concord and advertise that they will service the
Area. They booked an appointment and cancelled
hour before the scheduled appointment. We had
schedule to be present during the two to four hour
They were ''Valu-Star'' rated and BBB rated. So much
these recommendations. Please let me know if you have
Whenever we need a plumber, the first place we call
now is Olsson Plumbing in Alameda (510/522-2442).
About a year ago on a 3-day weekend in winter, we were
removing a bird feeder pole from the middle of our
backyard. After breaking the pole off at ground level,
we learned it had a live gas pipe running up the
middle. After PG&E turned off the gas -they told us we
needed to have a plumber seal off the pipe. PG&E
cautioned that not all plumbers will turn the gas back
on, so we'd need to call PG&E for an appointment for
the following week. After calling a dozen ''24-hour''
plumbers with answering machines, we called Olsson.
Not only did they send a plumber right over (to San
Leandro), but the guy they sent was great. He tapped
off the pipe under the house, turned on the gas so
we'd have heat for the weekend, and re-lit all the
pilot lights. We later had Olsson install a new hot
water heater and toilet. They were always responsive,
thorough, and definitely knew what they were doing.
Call Paul at Pipeline Plumbing 658-1588.
We have used R.V.O. Plumbing 510-237-8580. He was
recommended to us by our neighbor. He is extremely
efficient and reasonable.
I highly recommend Albert Nahman Plumbing. I located them
through the UCB Parents Recommendations. They were timely,
friendly, affordable, and extremely knowledgable and professional.
I was quoted a flat price for the work (which was affordable
compared with the other two bids I got) and they stuck to it even
though the inevitable unexpected occurred.
We've recently found an excellent plumber who has done two separate
water-related jobs for us. His name is Ron Schali (510) 452-5225. Ron
will thoroughly analyze the problem, make sure you understand what's
involved and what your options are, and/or give you ideas how to fix
the problem yourself if appropriate. He will not try to sell you any
repairs you don't need. His rates are much more reasonable than any of
the plumber contractor's I have encountered. He runs pretty much a
one-person operation, and although he is sometimes busy with his main
occupation (ice sculpture carving), he is well worth it.
Has someone had experience with Ted Denney / Helping Hand Home Repair and
Maintenance (they are changing their name to Aapex Maintenance) ? We moved
into a small in-law apartment in Berkeley which needs to be painted and has
several things that need to be fixed/replaced, including a kitchen sink food
waste disposer, a patio door, front door lock, and cabinet doors. Thank you !
We had a terrific experience with Ted, who did some carpentry and plumbing
(gas line installation, with a plumber friend of his) on our house. Despite
voicing some initial skepticism about the feasibility of the project, he
did is beautifully and quickly, and at a fraction of the cost of the bids
from the big plumbing firms.
I had excellent experiences with Ted Denny(except that he was busy and hard
to schedule). I recommend him highly. However, the phone number I have for
him seems not to be correct: it rings without an answering machine. Please
list his correct phone number if you have it. I would like to follow up on
some work he promised tofind time to do 2 years ago. Thank you.
We just had a visit from Bill Halligan at Olivero Plumbing in El Cerrito. He
was friendly, fast, efficient and reasonably priced. He did excellent work,
and we recommend him highly.
For plumbing I have used Harry Clark Plumbing, 510 444 1776. They are not
cheap but their work is always done well, on time etc.
I have a fairly major leak from my upstairs bathroom into my kitchen,
which I can't determine the exact source of, and need a recommendation for
a handyman skilled in plumbing (preferably), or a good plumber who I don't
have to wait forever for and charges reasonably, to get it fixed ASAP
Plumbing. Marc Brenner 925-283-3408 is an excellent plumber. He prefers
large jobs and is deservedly very busy. Doug and Jean
Try Albert Nahman in Berkeley. He has always worked for us, is dependable and done a good
I highly recommend my husband --his name is Paul Gerrard and his company is Pipeline
Plumbing. He has a long list of references and is THE most reliable person you can find. He is
also English, very polite and his pants don't fall down. He does installation, remodels, repairs,
service and hydronic heating. The company phone number is 510-658-1588 and/or
510-540-0837, we are in Berkeley.
My father has a small plumbing company that services the East Bay. His fees
are reasonable--he doesn't invest in a lot of advertising. You might want to
call for a free estimate. The company name is Mainstream Plumbing & Heating
Co. and the number is 510-668-1924. He's done a lot of work on my house.
Tell him Cindi recommended you.
I highly highly highly recommend Skip at Skip's Plumbing and Drain. He does excellent
work, charges very reasonable rates, and he is a pleasure. He can be reached at 537-5540
Albert Nahman is a decent plumber, honest and reliable. Don't have his
number, but he's in Berkeley
In response to the request for a plumber recommendation, I can recommend Alan
Forbes of Forbes Plumbing. Alan has done a number of jobs at our (old)
house. He is a master plumber and a delightful guy.
I recommend Reid Miller, in Berkeley at 704-0779. He prefers keeping old
systems running to new construction.
A good plumber is Jeff Palmer, 527 7538. Dorothea
I have used Ehret Plumbing in Berkeley based on the recommendations of
several friends. They connected water to a fridge/icemaker, put in a
gas line for my dryer, and serviced my furnace. They are excellent.
But at $72/hour, you may want to get a handyman to repair minor drips!
From: Patrick (7/98)
Leigh-Marymor (531-7721) in Oakland is great. I don't know what their full
service area is, but they do cover Berkeley. They set a *specific*
appointment and keep it (like 2:00 Tuesday, not sometime Tuesday), the
woman who takes the call knows plumbing well enough herself to ask
questions that help her estimate the time for the work & send the plumber
ready to do the work. The plumbers themselves are nice, respect your
house, and do good work and don't try to extend it. I suspect they're a
bit more than some other places, but just the ability to make a specific
appointment makes them worth it in my opinion.
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