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Old 12-31-2008, 06:12 PM   #1
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What is the going rate for shower/tub fixture replacement by a professional plumber? I was trying to change out the shower/tub fixtures myself and when we got behind the wall we noticed that the pipes were soldered to the on/off fixture. I have no clue about soldering so I called a plumber to come out and he gave me an estimate of $357 to cut the pipes midway and replace it with a different type of pipe that will allow the new fixture to be screwed on.

In addition, I live in a condo complex which means I currently do not have an individual cut off valve to the shower, so everytime I have a plumbing issue with the shower I have to cut off water supply to all the units in my building, he stated that he would also add the valve cut off to the shower. I thought that was a plus, but I spoke to a friend and was told that it was expensive. I am not sure if this is a reasonable fee and wanted to get some advise. Thanks

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Old 01-01-2009, 09:11 AM   #2
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If you post some pictures we can offer more help. Soldering is not a hard thing to do. You can purchase all the tools you need for under $50.

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Old 01-01-2009, 09:56 PM   #3
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357 is not a bad price for changing a tub and shower valve and installing new shutoff valves. I say go with plumber
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:13 PM   #4
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If you hire it done it will be easier but you will never learn how to do it. First job is install cut off then you can take your time.
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I feel that soldering, although a great thing to learn, is also something that takes practice and I am not sure I would want to practice in a condo where my mistake could cause some major problems for other homeowners. I recently had my shower stems replaced by a professional and it cost $165.00 so $357 sounds fair and safe to me.
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I appreciate the advise and your responses, I don't want to risk an accident. I have no knowledge and experience with soldering tools, just wanted to make sure I am not being taken advantage of. Thanks

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