By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
Do It Yourself or Not?
9:30 AM EDT, September 30, 2013
If your laundry tub is like ours, it does more than collect water from the washing machine. Over the years, our wash sink developed unsightly stains and scars from gardening chores and cleanup after painting projects. To update the appearance of the laundry room, we replaced the less-than-lovely tub with a new one. After the tub is removed and before the new unit is set in place is the ideal time to give the walls a coat of paint.
A plumber will charge $216 to remove an old tub, replace it with a new plastic unit and reinstall the faucet. If you're handy and have basic plumbing tools and talent, you can buy a wash sink for $75, make the swap and pocket a nice 65 percent saving. If the old faucet needs to be replaced, budget more and install it in the tub before setting the new unit in place.
Position the new tub so it's near the washing machine, allowing space for the discharge hose behind the machine. Some tub units stand freely, while others have holes in the bottom of the legs that should be anchored to the floor.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$216 -- $75 -- 3.6 -- 4.5 -- $141 -- 65 Percent
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