How much to replace PEX piping in wall

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  1. Feb 6, 2019 #1

    mikeyb7691

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    Hello,

    I am looking for some advice on a PEX Pipe replace/install.

    I am removing about 11 feet of PEX piping that froze a couple times this winter. It is connected to the main water line and runs through the wall to the ceiling.

    I am curious what the ball park price would be to replace the old PEX with new PEX piping and to relocate
    it through the studs. Right now the pipes were installed against the basement wall.

    I have two quotes from plumbers:

    1. $400
    2. $1400.

    I would normally go with the cheaper option but I am curious why the price is so
    much cheaper than the second quote.

    I have included a photo of where the pipe is going. Fyi I will remove the drywall to give plumbers
    access to pipes.

    Thanks for any help or insights!
     

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    Ask questions to the companies that quoted. The higher one may have included drywall repair or removal. Remember cheaper is not always better.

    No way of knowing how to price it on the info you gave and not knowing the pricing in your area.
     
  3. Feb 6, 2019 #3

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    Right. Both quotes don`t include drywall removal and I am in the West End Central Toronto Ontario area.
     
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    Very typical for anything in my area as well. You could get a quote anywhere from $200 to $5000 for the exact same job. It all depends on how much they think they can soak you for. One of the reasons I do everything myself.
     
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    I’m in Denver and my company would charge roughly $800. That’s with no drywall involved.
     
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    The drywall is the hard part -- PEX makes the plumbing easy. Even with the expensive stuff, tooling and materials would be under $500, but $400 is probably a good deal.
     
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    100' roll pex--$45.00
    scissors and crimpers $40.00
    expander tool $40.00
    5 pack of 3/4 couplings $6.00
    25 pack of rings $7.00
    $8.00 for a 1'' drill bit

    total.....................$146.00 plus $10.00 tax
    snickers bar........ $1.00
    Coke................... $0.50

    grand total...........$157.50
     
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    Boy, you get better deals than I, but that's what you get for being a pro :).
     
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    those are ho-depot prices
     
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    I haven't seen Uponor stuff there, but I'll look closer; that's all I use.
     
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    I agree 100% .

    If anything , I would DIY the PEX and hire the wall repair .

    Wyr
    God bless
     
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    i never used pex until a water line froze and caused an unexpected basement remodel u used the copper crimp rings bought a 1/2" and 3/4" made by mil3 they have been around for 30 years...the tools were short so I could fit it in tight spots....but you can get them any where.....almost fool proof I was a time saver and like Frodo mentioned its inexpensive....well that's my 2 cents
     
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    To those experiencing frozen water lines , I suggest you insulate them . Before you re-install them .

    Wry
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    the reason was a homeowner remodel waterlines secured to the foundation wall then insulation in front of then I took all the walls down and half the basement ceiling moved all the homeruns to the middle of the basement ceiling then insulated first then ran the water lines in front it nothing at all in a cold space I also run couple of lines for another zone of heat......
     
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    I am a fan of Uponor because you don't need to fit a crimp tool in a tight place, and the fittings do not reduce the size of the piping.
    Two caveats for insulating- air will blow right through fiberglass, if there are air leaks. Use rigid insulation between the piping and the exterior wall, at least for 6" to either side of the piping. Thus cold air cannot blow directly on the pipe.
    DO NOT put pipe insulation on the pipe. Insulation does not stop heat loss, it only slows it down. If no water flows through the pipe for any extended period, no additional heat will be introduced and it can eventually freeze. If there is only rigid insulation on the cold side, and none on the warm side, it is unlikely to freeze.
     
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    Makes sense.
    Thanks fixitron.
     
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    Thanks Tnkrst.
     
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    Thanks Frodo for the cost breakdown. Very informative.
     
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    Too much for me.
    Cheers.
     

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