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Question DetailsAsked on 11/20/2013

Cost in KC, MO to replace corroded copper water shut on/off valves in the basement of a condo going to washer??

All plumbing is exposed copper pipes (now spray painted white). Built 1964. Talisman Condos. Just moved in, and painted this unfinished room this weekend. When we moved the existing hooked up washer out, we had a very hard time getting the water to shut off. We had to use the washer hose to connect hot water to cold water and keep a bucket under it, as there was a constant flow. The old shut off valves are probably original, and the hot water valve above the washer won't turn on or off at all. It's stuck.

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Assuming the pipes are exposed far enough to be able to solder to (or unthread if threaded) without taking out wall or the recessed valve box, then probably minimum service call charge ($75-250 range depending on where in the country, usually around $100-125) plus about $20-40 for 2 new valves and any miscellaneous fittings. I would replace both while he is there even if only one has failed. I also, since you will be paying the plumber minimum charge anyway, I would not go with just replacing washers and gaskets - that might solve the issue for a bit, but if they are pretty old that is just asking for trouble - just replace them and have peace of mind.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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