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Question DetailsAsked on 12/10/2017

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO RUN COPPER PIPES FROM A HOT WATER HEATER TO A BATHTUB IN AN UPSTAIRS BATHROOM

IT INCLUDES CUTTING THROUGH A KITCHEN WALL

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For the plumbing only - no tub or bath install or such, if just a straight run up in the wall from water heater might get as low as around $300-400. If it has to route it through the floor or walls to get to the head of the tub, might be more like $400-600 range. If it goes easy or very low labor cost area might get it for less but I would not count on it.


Note - the plastic pipe manufacturers make a big thing of the increase in cost of copper piping, but in reality PEX runs about $1/LF and rigid copper pipe $4-7/LF (usually around $5/LF) including fittings, so for a run like yours max maybe around $100 difference in materials cost - not a lot for most jobs.


One thing though - PEX or CPVC pipe does go in a lot faster and easier, and of course routing PEX is easier and takes a lot less cutting out than putting in a rigid pipe, so thatmight influence the materials choice. Personally I would not have PEX in my house but many are Ok with it - might cut your total cost about in half because the ease of retrofit routing. Something to consider before contacting plumbers for quotes.


This does NOT include drywall repair and repainting, which can run from a few hundred $ to $500-600 or more depending on how much he has to cut out to run the piping.


Recommendation - get the plumber's agreement to use a drywall knife or drywall saw or rotary drywall cutter for the cutouts, not a hammer, and to minimize drywall damage as much reasonable - the less drywall he breaks up and removes to do the job, the less the repair will cost.


You said nothing about cold water pipe - nor about the DWV piping, which is usually the more expensive part of the plumbing job.

Answered 11 months ago by LCD




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