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Question DetailsAsked on 11/18/2014

what is the labor (only) cost of replacing a 25 year old Delta shower-in-tub faucet arrangement?

The unit has a shower head/tub switch and faucet to the bath tub. The "switch" is a single handle type requiring a push pin to activate the shower head.

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Depends on how it is plumbed, and of course if the installation is such it can be pulled out from the tub side. If connected with accessible threaded fittings and mounting screws and comes out the front (after removing knob and chrome faceplate), I can do this in about 15 minutes in the best case - so you are talking minimum service charge of about $75-150 typically, though more in a few very high cost urban areas.

On the other hand, if soldered fittings and nailed in place and has to come out through a back wall, can take 2-3 hours at times depending on accessibility (because sometimes you have to trim and replace wood blocking and cut and repair pipes that are blocking you - so in that case can be up to $200-450. Accessibility is 90% of the battle.

Plus cost to either put an access plate over the hole, or get the wall fixed/repainted etc.

I would ask if you really want this replaced for appearance sake, or if rebuilding will suffice. Most faucets, and especially Deltas, have good rebuild kits that solve just about anything but a cracked casing or bad internal corrosion - typically include all moving parts and seals/gaskets for about $15-30 for the kit, plus the minimum service charge to replace them, and if installed carefully (without nicking the seals) last as long as the originals - my house has all Delta sink and tub shower faucets - some are just needing rebuilds at 33 years old, a few more heavily used ones were rebuilt at about 20 years and still going strong. With the exception of one O-ring I caught in a thread (so failed immediately), I have never had a Delta rebuild fail that I know of - including a number around 20 years old in neighbor/friend's houses.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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