Ball Park of Plumbing job

Ball Park of Plumbing job
I have the Hot and cold pipes connected to hoses to the washing machine. The two pipes come out of the wall to a plastic (home Depo type) square enclosure. In the middle of this plastic square box is the drain for the washing machine.
I just replaced the washing machines and the installer told me that my pipes look ugly. We are having trouble unscrewing the old hoses off. In any event I thought it would be good time to replace them.
I am envisioning that we had to cut below the valves, solder new valves on or create whatever termination needs to be done
Just the pluming work ( place aside that I will have to drywall and paint) how much does this cost on average for the Delray Beach Fl area cost
How much do plumbers charge by day - what is a fair price range for this type of work - I got quoted $800.00 - sounds high to me for something that I gather is going to take max 2 - 3 hours to do.
Due to the soldering this is not a job I can do -
This is a second floor apartment, with its own shut off valve - apartment is approximately 18 years old.
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snipped-for-privacy@pobox.com wrote:

How about "free". Who cares how your washer pipes look. If the water flows, you're doing good. If the hoses screw on, great. If not, maybe a bit of steel wool (or Brillo) to get off corrosion.
If it's a real serious problem, call your landlord since its an apartment. I'm sure the owner doesn't want you mucking with the pipes.
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if you OWN the unit get a auto electrical shutoff valve installed. when washer is running water on at all other times water off.........
this saves the flooding danger of downstairs
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If the valves work ok, then just clean up the hose fitting. Steel wool for the crud, then some valve grease on the threads. The hoses are a standard item at Home Depot or Lowes. Various lengths, and right angle fittings are available. Appearance is not an issue here. If the valves are shot -- don't seal, then that is another issue. Since you are renting, then the responsibility is the landlord, unless there is something strange in your lease.
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snipped-for-privacy@pobox.com says...

No idea what your local labor rates are, but the liability issues of a second-floor washing machine hookup should not be taken lightly -- this is not the sort of location I'd try a make-do spruce-up if the plumbing seriously needs work. The folks downstairs won't have much sympathy for your cash flow situation if water comes pouring through their ceiling.
You might reduce the cost of the plumbing job if you open up the drywall yourself to reveal whatever is hiding behind the wall. If nothing else, you've avoided paying a plumber's hourly rate for simple drywall demo.
In your situation I would certainly look into an automatic shutoff valve.
If drain access is handy, I'd also look into a plumbed drain pan under the washer so that if it does leak, the water goes somewhere other than the unit below yours. Sometimes these drain to your plumbing drain, other times I've seen them drain outside so neighbors can spot the leak while you're gone. Since you're going to hire a plumber anyway, ask him about code in your area.
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