Average Cost/Price to Fit/Replace/Install a Toilet Cistern Ball Cock





To clarify the following prices it is recommended that you read the article in the INFORMATION box below the PRICES…


(These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £150.00 per day and a labourer if required at £100.00 per day. This includes the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need. The minimum price will usually be for a half day)



How Much Does It Cost To Replace WC Ballcock?


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For Ball Cocks in a Loft Tank (Cold Water or Header) Click Here!

 

These prices are based on a tradesman’s rate of £200 per day. They include the cost of buying and collecting any materials, dumping any waste if necessary and any incidental materials they will need.
 
(The minimum price will usually be for a half day)
 
 
Job 1
Swap a conventional Portsmouth or Sussex valve. (I kid you not, that’s what the two types of conventional ball valve are called).
It will take an hour from the time he parks his van……….£75.00
 
 
Job 2
Swap a new fangled “Leaning Tower of Pisa” valve. (That’s what they look like).
He will probably have to make two trips…………..£135.00







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A Price Guide and Information Sheet on the Cost of Replacing a WC Ballcock


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From the title you will see that ball cocks in the loft aren’t covered here. Changing those, plus lots of back up info. relevant to both loft and bathroom ball cocks, can be found in the link above.

There are now two kinds of toilet cistern. Proper, “British through and through” ones, with a manly handle on the front and then there’s those foreign ones, with delicate little silver buttons on the top.
 
Guess which one gives the most grief and therefore costs more to replace! A plumber will carry spares for the good old British ones in his van. He will have to take a trip to the plumbers' merchants to collect the unbelievably complicated nonsense which is squeezed into those European affairs (if he's lucky - don't hold your breath!).

Lavatory cisterns can provide a few more problems than loft tank ball cocks. Not all valves fit all set ups, so a trip “to the merchants” may be necessary. Also if the cistern supply has no handy stop tap (usually fitted “in line” in the form of the jollily named “ball o fix” valve), then he will either have to find the mains stop cock if the supply is on mains pressure, or go rooting around in the airing cupboard to find the stop valve, if the cistern is supplied from the tank in the loft.

Once he is armed with the correct kit and the water is turned off, the job once again becomes a five minute one provided the cistern isn’t one of those with the two silver crescent flushing buttons in the middle, in which case he has to start a dismantling process and of course it all needs reassembling again afterwards and does it ever go back properly?

You can see why all those accountants are now training to be plumbers - years of fun and games ahead of them!




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