LAUNDRY

If you’re handy and have basic plumbing tools and talent, you can replace your laundry tub.

Is your laundry area in need of a facelift? A good place to start is replacing the old fiberglass wash sink with a stylish new laundry tub. It seems the utilitarian sink designed to collect water from the washing machine does a lot more than that while accumulating stains and scars from years of painting and gardening chores. To update the space, you can replace the old tub with a new stylish one; but before you make the swap, remove the old unit, give the walls a fresh coat of paint and sort out the accumulation of stuff surrounding it.

A plumber will charge $716 to remove an old tub, replace it with a new unit and reinstall the faucet. If you're handy and have basic plumbing tools and talent, you can buy the unit for $340, make the swap and pocket a nice 53% 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

$716 -- $340 -- 4.5 -- 6.0 -- $376 -- 53%