I'm in a 40+ year old condo in Houston, Tx and we have galvanized steel water pipes.
I plan to update our hallway tub/shower and I have to change out the valve body too.
For this I obviously need to hire a plumber. My question is ass-u-me-ing that all things go right
how much should I expect to pay? $200-300? Is there anything special the plumber should know about
for this type of job? The condo shares cold water and we have a common hot water heater too.
The current valve body is made by Sterling and has integral stops. The stops leak when turned and according to Stanco plumbing supply they cannot be replaced(sterling must have stopped making them since 2007 when I replaced stops and stems in my shower which is the same parts) only rebuilt and that would take over a day.
Our condo has a common water shut off for 15 units not local per unit so I cannot take the stops out without needing to shut off my unit plus 14 others for as long as the stops are remove.
My HOA will not allow this and I'd be persona-non-grata with my neigbors if I did.
Therefore I have no choice, but replace the valve. I hope to install a valve that equalized pressure and temperature since we sometimes have problems with both.