Q: Hi Ed, I have an older tub and shower unit with problems. First, the rusted chrome valve trim, tub spout and handle all need to be replaced. Second, the tub drain lever does not work and water will not stay in the tub. Third, the showerhead is full of water deposits and the flow is weak. I don't know where to start and I'm ready to give up. But, before I call my plumber, is there some legwork I can do to lower the cost of this job?
A: Wow, I can address many tub/shower problems with this one question. Even if you're working with a plumber, you can do some research and have the major parts at the job site, ready for the plumber. This may save some money.