So the bathtub faucet has been leaking but my shower head is fine. Since Im covered under warranty, I had a plumber look at it. He said in order to fix the faucet I will have to have someone come and remove the whole wall of tile. What I expected to be a simple cartridge replacement turns out to be a whole different fiasco. Should I remove the tile myself or try to replace the cartridge myself instead? Pic related.
technically you dont have to remove the whole wall of tile, but he probably wants to keep the color/ aged look of the tile the same.
removing and installing a new shower diverter is doable for a novice /diy/. if you could get to it from a drywall angle like >>933072 suggests it would be a lot easier
removing and installing new tile is probably too hard. removing the current tiles and drywall and prepping the new surface for tiles after you fix it is not trivial.
Wouldn't need to break the tile that is there. Use a multi tool or Dremel and cut the wall out around the grout line, do what you need to do to the plumbing , remove wall and adhesive off old tile. Patch wall and replace tile
I'm a bit confused by the plumber wanting a small section of the wall removed in order to do the repair unless the whole diverter valve unit is somehow at fault. If a merely dripping faucet is just the problem, a replacement cartridge should (hopefully) solve the issue. The old cartridge pulls out at the front and the new one is pushed back in place. A retaining pin (depending upon the manufacturer) is usually used to keep it in place.
If it were me, I'd try fixing it myself with a replacement cartridge and see what happens. It would be quite a pain in the ass to remove a section of your wall and then later find out it was never necessary to do. You'll possibly void your warranty if you did this, though. I'm not saying your plumber is wrong either, but it just seems odd to me.