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In many plumbing projects, installing a new fixture is relatively easy. The challenge is removing the existing one. For example, when replacing a kitchen faucet, lying down on the job takes on new meaning when you're working inside the cabinet on your back inside with your head and shoulders underneath the kitchen sink.
Fortunately, most faucet manufacturers do a good job of providing installation instructions that make the job doable for a handy homeowner. However, disconnecting an old faucet connected to a maze of pipes, often corroded and tied into a dishwasher and garbage disposer, can be the tough part since you're working in the confines of a base cabinet.
A plumber will charge $221 to remove an old faucet and replace it with a good quality and stylish new one. That includes the labor and new faucet. You can do it for $145, the cost of the new unit, and save 34 percent.
You need basic plumbing tools, along with a basin wrench, a specialty tool that twists and turns so it can loosen and adjust tough-to-reach fasteners on a faucet assembly. It's a good idea to replace the old supply tubes with new flexible stainless steel supply tubes for the hot and cold water lines. Don't forget to turn off the water supply at shutoff valves under the sink or at the main water supply valve.
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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$221 -- $145 -- 1.7 -- 2.0 -- $76 -- 34 Percent
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