I AM A STUDENT AT STEPHEN F. AUSTIN STATE UNIVERSITY,
AND I'M DOING A REPORT ON REPLACING THE RUSTY PIPES
IN MY HALL. I NEED INFO ON TOOLS, TIME, COST, AND
OTHER RUST REPLACEMENT TOPICS. CAN IT BE DONE WITHOUT
MUCH OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE (E.G., CONTRACTORS)?
Replacing pipes in a "college hall" requires more expertise than repiping a home. I recommend the use of plumbing contractors (and/or) a general contractor to:
Replace the pipes and tub and shower faucets (new code requires balanced valves)
Patch holes in tile and drywall.
Paint the patches, match tile, etc.
I would write a job description of what you want done,
Replace galvanized pipe with copper type L pipe and fittings to: (list every plumbing fixture)
Spec in the brand and model (valves/faucets) you want replaced.
The work begins at: (either the incoming shutoff valve or all the way to the meter in the street)
Include a recirc line back to the water heater with pump.
State that the job should meet local plumbing and construction codes, include the cost of the plumbing permit.
The cost to demo the walls and tile for the plumbing.
Patch the walls and tile.
Paint the walls.
By the way, these jobs are pretty major.