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Question DetailsAsked on 2/8/2014

how much to buy and install a fiberglass shower tub

I have a tile tub with a leaky faucet, probably need to go through the back wall to fix. Wondering if it is cheaper to fix / replace the original or replace with new fiberglass unit?

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Apples and oranges issue here - if you got a totally new shower/tub (which would be $2000+ bare minimum in almost all cases, commonly double that), the faucet would still have to be replaced or repaired regardless.

Just a leaky faucet, if constantly dripping or if leaking from the stem or face area rather than from the pipe threads or joints within the wall, can commonly just be rebuilt in place for $150 plus or minus $50 by a plumber.

Even if the joints where the pipes come in are leaking, sometimes that can be fixed from the front depending on - the ones with the very large chromed faceplate sometimes are totally installable from the front. Even if not, assuming there is potential access from the back wall (i.e. not two showers back to back), FAR cheaper to repair or replace than put in a whole new shower/tub - by a factor of at least 4 to 10 fold. Total tub faucet valve replacemetn typically $50-100 range for parts, and $150-300 labor depending on access, assuming not extremely difficult. Even then, plumber cost not likely to go up, but might mean front access which will mean tile or fiberglass repair to fix the access hole for another couple hundred $.

It is very common to go in through the back wall to access tub/shower plumbing. If there is not an access panel there now, if the plumber takes care in cutting the drywall, instead of repairing the hole he can just put a screw-on white or stainless access panel over the hole to allow for future access, and that avoids the cost of a drywall repair and repainting both now and in any future repair call for that area.

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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