Changing shower/tub plumbing fixtures

dandkmomFebruary 27, 2013

We are starting a bathroom remodel soon, but plan to leave the tub and tile surround intact as they are in excellent condition. However I would like to change out the faucet/showerhead. I've been told that the 25 year old plumbing will not fit the size of current fixtures and that work would need to be done inside the wall. Is this true? Does anyone make a converter kit?
Thanks, I really don't want to leave the cheap fixtures.

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Some pictures of your existing pipes would help. Since the walls will be open, it might be a good idea to update the plumbing depending upon what's there.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 4:32PM
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I guess I wasn't clear, we are not opening the walls around the tub and that is why I was told we could not change the fixtures.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 7:41PM
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The shower head "should" unscrew from a fitting in the wall. Depending upon what you have for a faucet, the trim might be changeable. Same for the spout. Pics would help.

    Bookmark   February 28, 2013 at 8:06PM
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I think there is a good chance you will need to replace the valve inside the wall. If the tub/shower is tiled, can you get into the wall from the backside?

i'm in the same boat, and finding we cannot replace our trim without changing the valve as well.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 9:38AM
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Access it from the back side to change things out. And be prepared to be horrified at the water penetration that you find and have to remove the tile and tub anyway.

    Bookmark   March 1, 2013 at 1:31PM
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