Costs of replacing Tub/Shower Valve

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by maxypaxy, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. maxypaxy

    maxypaxy New Member

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    My Hurricane Sandy home is finally being repaired. As per my contract, my contractor was supposed to replace my tub and shower faucet but now the entire valve kit needs to be replaced. I am purchasing the valve kit but my contractor wants to charge me extra for the additional work. The walls are entirely open, down to the studs and has been for some time. How much would be a fair price for the valve replacement? I live in NJ. Any suggestions/ideas/advice would be greatly appreciated!
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    quote; As per my contract, my contractor was supposed to replace my tub and shower faucet

    That would usually mean replacing the entire valve. With the walls open it should be a "minimum fee" job, unless his workers work at a snail's pace.
  3. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I would love to see the wording of the contract.

    Normally when I quote for those things, I have a line item also for the shower vavle.
    And one for installation.

    Some would put it in one line.
    With the wall open, cost of valve plus a few hundred perhaps for rough. Give or take.
  4. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    Buy me a r/t airline ticket LAX-EWR-LAX on United - and I'll put in the valve for free.
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    I did that for my brother in Virginia. It was a fun week.
  6. dj2

    dj2 Member

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    Yes, I've done it before as a true barter trade, and it worked fine. For real.
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    The contract was probably written like this story about an optometrist

    The son had just graduated and he asked his father, also an optometrist, "How do I give prices to my customers?" The father replied, "You tell them the cost is $200.00 and if they don't "blink" you tell them "for the eye test" the glasses are $250.00 additional". If they still don't blink, you say, "for the frames". The lens are an additional $150.00. And if they still don't blink, you say, "apiece".
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