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How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Soon it will be necessary to remove the bathtub from the second floor bathroom and replace it with a shower stall due to age related issues.

 

Is it advisable to DYI (we know a licensed tiler and an unlicensed plumber) and if not, who should we get to do it and how much would it cost? We are a pensioner household with strict affordability issues.

 

Any advice would be appreciated, thanks crew.

BIM_Engineer
Valued Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Hi dingodudette
You will need to put up a photo and more info for further advice
Its preferable you went the other way with a licenced plumber and unlicensed tiler (tilers aren't required to be licenced in WA) You can do it yourself and replace the bath with a shower but it depends on

1. The location of your water waste

2. The height and trap location Is it within the floor depth or a bulkhead beneath

3. The location of your hot and cold water tap

etc

Juliapinkiepie
Established Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

I wouldn't be comfortable saying yes or no to whether you should DIY as A) I'm not sure what plumbing experience you have and B) I'm no expert lol
but I will tell you the 3 questions I ask myself before any new project

1) could doing this kill or hurt me or family?

2) is my home and contents insurance going to be effected

3) If something goes wrong half way through can I afford to pay an expert

A side note to point 2, it 9/10 times you will have to pay the expert a lot more to fix your mistakes and then continue with the actual job.

Good luck with it though and if you do DIY take photos
Kermit
Valued Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Yes, I'd be extra careful with a second-floor bathroom. If you don't get the waterproofing done correctly for example you could have very expensive problems down the track. Probably not an area to cut corners... I'd be looking for savings elsewhere.

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Thank you, I'll try to post a photo when I work out how

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Thanks for your advice Kermit, I'll go the "get the pro route" now that I can see the waterproofing issues. This site is very good. Others take weeks to respond (if ever)

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Thank you so much for your reply. I'm going with the pro... it may cost more, but will be much less stressful!

Community Manager Jason
Community Manager

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

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dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Thanks Jason, I will

dingodudette
Junior Contributor

Re: How much would it cost to remove a bathtub and replace with a shower?

Here are the pictures of the bathroom. The shower used to be where the cupboard is in the second picture, so that's already plumbed (I don't know about waterproofed) and the bathtub waste is to the back of the house above the garage and laundry.

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