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Old 01-25-2021, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Anyone do a DIY house re-pipe?

I go a quote of $7K for a 2 bath one story house on a slab. I think that's a little high.
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:06 PM   #2
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:32 PM   #3
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Pay the man (or woman). :-). I do a lot of stuff myself. I plumbed one of my ranch cabins wit pex. It was new construction and easy. Re-piping would cost me more than $7000 in aggravation.
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:32 PM   #4
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I did mine. Ran pex through the walls and into the attic. The only hard part was crawling around in there.

It helped that I’m a short Meskin and not as round as some.
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:39 PM   #5
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Its doable as a DYI, but gonna be a whoopin, but 7 grand sounds a bit high.
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:40 PM   #6
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I assume this needs to be done soon?
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Old 01-25-2021, 02:41 PM   #7
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Little on the High Side
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:10 PM   #8
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Price around, we had several quotes that varied from $4,000 to $22,000. Seemed like the ones that advertised the most in the big city were the highest. We are in the hill country but close enough to SA to be serviced from there.
We got lucky and went with a company we used in the past, they weren’t the cheapest but seemed to be the most honest, the day we were scheduled for install, they were slow and sent three crews to our house, knocked it out in one day, they gave us a very nice discount for getting it done quicker than they had proposed.
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:18 PM   #9
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Shop around til you feel comfortable. If you have 3 quotes that are all around the same amount, you would have your answer. Re-pipe could be a hornets nest depending on the age of the home.
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:19 PM   #10
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Never done it on a slab house but done a bunch of pier and beam. Like mentioned above it wouldn't take long to reach 7k worth of cussing and wrench throwing.
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Old 01-25-2021, 03:35 PM   #11
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If you're not in a hurry, I could go help over the course of a few weekends and you could use some of the savings to take me to Extreme Bowhunting in Bracketville.
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Old 01-25-2021, 07:51 PM   #12
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I assume this needs to be done soon?
According to the wife it does, but my timeline is a little less aggressive.

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Old 01-26-2021, 10:56 AM   #13
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I think this is a weekend job for a couple of guys, but its going to take a month to get everything out of my way so I can work.
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Old 01-26-2021, 11:49 AM   #14
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I had a bid of $7900 to completely re-plumb one of my rentals. I laughed and declined. Ended up doing it myself for a total cost of less than $500. Mine was pier and beam.
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:39 PM   #15
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as a plumber..i would like to see how that 500$ repipe looks and behaves...lol
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Old 01-26-2021, 12:51 PM   #16
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as a plumber..i would like to see how that 500$ repipe looks and behaves...lol
I'm not understanding your comment. I guess your saying, plumbers are the only ones able to do quality plumbing work?
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:24 PM   #17
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as a plumber..i would like to see how that 500$ repipe looks and behaves...lol

It looks and behaves perfectly. My guess would be I did a better job than most plumbers would have. I’ve followed behind lots of plumbers in my life.
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:25 PM   #18
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I'm not understanding your comment. I guess your saying, plumbers are the only ones able to do quality plumbing work?

Exactly which is ridiculous. Lol
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Old 01-26-2021, 01:35 PM   #19
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Its definitely do-able.

I have updated the water lines as I remodeled each room. Basically hit all 3 bathrooms and kitchen so far. PEX is a life saver and made things really easy. Just make sure you use nail plates on the studs.

I have not replaced the long runs though. Only at the rooms. I will get to that some day, one of these winters. lol

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I did mine. Ran pex through the walls and into the attic. The only hard part was crawling around in there.

It helped that I’m a short Meskin and not as round as some.
Several years ago mine had busted for the umpteenth time in one of the walls in my laundry room, which is where the water came into the house anyway. So I did the same and ran pex up into the attic with no major issues....well except for being an average size honky and having to crawl around up there.

Pex is amazing to me especially after dealing with pvc/cpvc for most of my life.
The brass fittings are expensive and I borrowed the crimping tool from a buddy so I didn't have the expense of buying the tool.
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Old 01-26-2021, 02:48 PM   #21
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I wonder what all that quote includes. Does that include redoing any drywall or painting? Is that with a centralized manifold somewhere accessible like the garage? I could see how a few different variables could add a little to the cost. For $7000 I think I would consider doing it myself.
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Old 01-26-2021, 03:15 PM   #22
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as a plumber..i would like to see how that 500$ repipe looks and behaves...lol
Union plumber? I hear those guys are the best

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Old 01-26-2021, 03:25 PM   #23
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We bought an older mobile home on 10 acres in Huntsville. Really only wanted it for the land more so than the work in progress on the home. Inspector missed the fact that there was old piping that was supposed to be replaced in the 90’s after a big lawsuit. So we got stuck with it after the fact. Fully replaced with 3/4” Pex mainlines and 1/2” runs to the utilities. Cost us about 4500. They bought the piping and did some extra labor by installing new faucets, two showers, new water heater, and a new kitchen sink that i had already purchased.


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Old 01-26-2021, 07:10 PM   #24
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$7K seems a bit high. We did a full renovation on a 2,500 SF 1.5 story home. The home was a 1965, so it was moving from old galvanized piping to plex. I believe the cost was right at $5,000.

With that said, we were doing a full gut-out, down to the studs reno, so many areas were pretty assessible and sheet rock repairs, etc., were not applicable.

I agree with the above poster that accessibility could affect a quote as well as possible required repairs to sheet rock/paint.

Just me, but this something I would not want to DIY. It obviously can be done, but I'll pass.
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Old 01-29-2021, 11:44 AM   #25
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Those that have pex plumbing, any complaints?
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Old 01-29-2021, 01:58 PM   #26
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Those that have pex plumbing, any complaints?
Only been a few years but ours has been great.
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