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Question DetailsAsked on 12/27/2013

What is the average price a contractor would charge to replace a bathroom sink faucet?

Ultimately, I will have 3 bathroom sink faucets to replace. I'm trying to gauge what would be a "fair" price to expect from a contractor.

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The average labor cost to install a bathroom sink faucet runs between $140 to $200 to replace. Since you have three to replace it would probably be on the lower end of the scale and also depends on the complexity of the install. If the sink is in a small vanity that makes it hard to get to it may run higher. As to the cost for the faucet there is such a wide range I could not even begin to give you an idea. I would stay away from the ones from the big box stores as parts are not always available for them and even the big name ones may have been made to their specs. It costs just as much to put in a cheap faucet as it does a good one.


Don

Answered 5 years ago by ContractorDon

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I would agree with Don, and expect for normal installations, doing 3 at one time you might get them for around $400-500 labor and incidental materials for all three - plus cost of the under the counter shutoff valves if existing ones do not shut off properly or are corroded and need replacement - about $10-15 for each one if any need replacement.

Don was reluctant to give price range for the faucets themselves - as a ballpark, you can get decent two-knob ones for about $30-45 each, and single handle for about $40-55 each - of course, you can also get gold ones for tens of thousands each too. Personally I recommend Delta single-handle ones - they have the single handle or knob ball type valves down pat - mine have gone about 15 years between needing replacement of gaskets and rings, which is very easy to do yourself in about 10-15 minutes, and I have never had one wear out or need replacement for performance reasons. Kohler, Pfister, Peerless, Moen, American Standard are other reputable names, offhand.

I am presuming this changout is for aesthetic reasons, not failure - if you like them and they are just leaking or not shutting off all the way, a plumber can replace the internal seals and seats for almost any brand, and all three could be serviced in that way for about $125-175.

One key consideration - you need to make sure you get one that is sized for the hole spacing you currently have in the basins - there are several spacings, and some faucets take one hole and some 2 or 3 holes and some take one oversize hole - get the wrong one and you are sunk, plus paying for wasted plumber time. Also, if these have been in place for a while, there may be a discolored or corroded area under them, especially at the edge - so if you can find a faucet with the same or slightly larger base (assuming it fits your sink OK) it will cover that up and you don't have to worry about a lot of heavy deliming or having damaged sink finish sticking out under the faucet. You might want to shut one off, and after making sure (by opening hot and cold faucets all the way to check for any flow) it actually did totally shut off the water without leaking more than a temporary pan or bucket can handle, disconnect the flex tubing at the faucet (usually flexible copper tubing from the faucet unit) and remove the faucet with copper tubing from the basin, and take in to the store for hole spacing and base size and such and for replacement flex tubing if new one does not have long enough copper tubing sticking down - be sure to make a paper template to take with you of the holes and surrounding flat area before you get to any raised area or ridge or lip that the faucet base would not seal on, so you know how large a base contact area you have to work with and how big the existing faucet base contact area is. That way you will have a pretty good chance that the faucets you get will fit.

Course, if you are not picky on you could ask the plumber to come by and give an estimate, and tell him the number and spacing of holes in the sink, and ask him to bring samples of the faucets he stocks when he comes, and just buy them from him. That way you avoid the risk of buying something that will not fit and having him charge you two visits.

You might have figured by now, if you are taking a faucet off to take in to sizing to buy a replacement, then why not just install the new one yourself - and you are right - it is not tough to replace a faucet - a few tubing connections to take apart and put together, a little cleanup of the basin mating surface so the base gasket fits tight and keeps splash water from running down under the faucet, and you are there. There are lots of videos showing step by step on the web, and of course start on the bathroom you can most easily do without fow a few days so if you should decide it is too much for you to handle you can quit and then call the plumber to do all three. Probably about 1 to maybe 2 hour job for a first timer, about 1/2 hour give or take for each one after that as you gain confidence. IF you do decide to do it yourself, check all three faucets for complete shutoff before going to the store, so you can get replacement shutoff valves to replace ones that keep flowing, if any. OF course, this assumes existing ones are compression fitting or threaded pipe fitting type - if soldered on, then probably you are going to want a plumber, though you do always have the option of turning off the master house shutoff valve to work around a leaky faucet shutoff, but that means if you have a leaky faucet (either after installation or in the future) you will have to again house the master house shutoff to turn off the flow, so generally it is best to replace any defective faucet shutoff valve.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD




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