Best Of 2006

Best Plumber: Gary Forbes, Forbes Plumbing

Home maintenance is stressful enough when you know what you’re doing; when you don’t, it can have you eyeballing sharp objects. It’s nice to find a tradesman who can be trusted to fix whatever might need fixin’ without trying to screw you at every turn. Gary Forbes is one of these, a Massachusetts native who’s practiced his craft in sunny Florida for the past 26 years, the last 11 or so as a licensed contractor serving Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough and even Manatee counties. Forbes is the type of guy who can put you at ease almost at once with his friendly, straightforward manner. He’ll look you in the eye when he tells you what needs to be done, won’t beat around the bush about the price and will try his best not to inconvenience you in any way. If he can’t perform the task at hand, he’ll help you find someone who can rather than try to wing it. Likewise, if Forbes is working on a project and can’t locate a contractor to perform a task that he can do but normally doesn’t (such as installing tile), he’s not afraid of getting his hands dirty if it means completing the job quickly and efficiently. Most important, he’ll explain everything he’s done so you’re not left scratching your head. 727-804-6721 or 727-544-0684.