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Question DetailsAsked on 4/1/2014

How much should it cost to tear down a walk in shower and replace with a bathtub?

I live in a manufactured home, and the walk in shower we have is leaking into the floor. I have 3 kids, some of them I have to bathe myself. So I would like to replace the shower with a bathtub/shower. How much should that cost? If its too much I'm just going to have some one come fix the leak.

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When you state that you reside in a Manufactured Home are you reffering to a mobile home or a modular Home ? Both home products , do not necessarily use standard Craft Built home products ,and depending on the age of the structure i.e. when it was built may determine or affect the product choices for such repair . Repair of the existing shower may or may NOT be possible depending on whether or not it is Fibreglas or Vinyl .

As to repair costs , a lot will depend upon what type of plumbing products are currently in use in the home , be they PVC , Copper , or Quest products ?

Typically , Drain locations are different for tubs versus showers , so that question would need to be addressed ..........????

Usually , manufactured Homes and mobile homes , require different contractors to make repairs as the products used are different from Craft Built or stick Built Homes and the construction standards and differ.

More information is required to attempt to answer your query .....................?

Answered 6 years ago by BentheBuilder


Ben is right about needing more info, but since you said cost is critical I will give you a likely lower-bound on replacement costs - of course, can go up from there depending on floor damage if any, and on how fancy or up-scale you go with materials.

I am fairly confident there is no way, unless you happen on the Handyman good fairy, that you would get the shower removed and a surround-type (fiberglass or plastic) tub put in for under $1000-1500, or a true shower/tub with tile enclosure for less than $2-3,000. This would be for plain-jane box store grade materials and a REAL economical small contractor with low labor rates.

First question should be where it is leaking from - if just at the outlet or from a drain pipe then 200-350 $ should fix it, and it might be something as simple as resealing the drain pipe in the shower base, which would be minimum charge usually - about $100 plus or minus about $50, so hard to tell without a Plumber inspection. You might even be able to see yourself from underneath if accessible to see with a good flashlight. Could be more or same if leaking from shower pipes in the wall. If leaking through the shower base, may or may not be easily repaired - depending on whether tile or an artificial shower base - tile is commonly easier to repair so it lasts permanently, but costs more to do generally, I would say.

Use the Answer this Question link below your question to reply back with more info on what your installation is like, and maybe a photo if you can, and the contributors here will be able to help you a lot more, I am sure.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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