By Gene and Katie Hamilton
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 $716 to remove an old tub, replace it with a new plastic unit and reinstall the faucet, which includes labor and material. If you’re handy and have basic plumbing tools and talent, you can buy a wash sink for $340, make the swap and pocket a nice 58 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. Use an inexpensive basin wrench to connect the water supply tubes to the laundry tub because it lets you easily reach up under the tub to get a grip on the pipe.
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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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020