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Question DetailsAsked on 12/9/2017

Is $2400 too high to cut out wall and replace tub valve in San Francisco, California?

The tile has to removed from the front in 2 spots, where the faucet handles are and also where the shower head is. Replacing galvanized with copper. Price included replacing tile.

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Hopefully he checked that there is no backwall access, from a backing hall wall or closet or such - that is commonly th cheaper way to accessit, coming in from behind then repairing the drywall (or if closet or such, commonly just putting a prefab metal or plastic access pcover plate over the hole to allow for easy future access.

Every case is unique of course, but unless there is known to be mold in the wall, basically requiring replacing that end wall, or putting in one of those ridiculously priced high-end faucets (which commonly run $500-1000 by themselves but are no guarantee at all that they will last any longer) that sounds high to me by a factor of 2 to 4. Normally this sort of job (assuming the tile guy removes the tile so there is as little breakage as possible, or alternatively that yuo can accept contrasting tiles to replace the removed ones) - can sometimes run as low as around $500 range, probably most commonlyu int he $1000 range plumber and ceramic tile contractor combined. $2000-2400 is getting into the range of the cost to replace that entire wall - or getting into the low end for an entirely new surround around the tub plus normal valve and shower head replacement.

With that price range, unless you see something above that makes it sound reasonable, I would be looking at getting another bid or two - from a Remodeling - Kitchen and Bath general contractor if you want to only have to deal with one person though that will cost probably a couple hundred $ more than just getting tile guy and plumber by yourself and encouraging them to coordinate on their work timing.

Here are links to quite a few previous similar questions with answers FYI - not all are quite your situation, but should give you a feeling for the ballpark costs:

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