Easily adding shower where there's only a tub faucet?

brooklynninaOctober 30, 2010

(Just posted this in the Bathroom forum but perhaps it's more appropriate here?)

Hi - The house we're purchasing has one bathroom with only a tub--and only a tub faucet. No showerhead at all. (Go figure.) Eventually we plan to renovate the entire bathroom, but for now is there an easy, *inexpensive* way to add a showerhead?

Ideally something that does NOT involve opening the wall/tile--for instance, can the tub faucet be replaced with something that hooks up to a handheld shower hose that we could mount at showerhead height? And is it DIY-able (by people like us who don't know plumbing at all)?

Extra points if you can link me directly to product details, and/or a how-to page. :-D


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All of these are available at your local big box.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 6:27PM
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Here's one way to do it:

1) Replace the tub spout with one that has a diverter and side port for hand held shower (The one at Lowe's has a metal port aimed upward, whereas the one at HD has a plastic port below. 2) Install a handheld shower with wall bar, and connect the hose to the spout.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 9:34PM
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handheld + wall bar:


go to Lowes online, and look for Item# 31455, Danco tub spout with adaptor

Some tub spouts have a retaining screw underneath that is loosened before removal. Others have to be "unscrewed" from the pipe.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 9:47PM
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Thank you so much! It seemed there had to be an easy way, but I just didn't know what terms to use to search for the parts. :)

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 10:24PM
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Lowe's has the spout in the faucet repair aisle with the handheld in the shower parts aisle. They are not the same aisle, you have to keep looking or ask.

    Bookmark   October 30, 2010 at 11:17PM
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Good point. Sorry for any confusion. Both stores have the handhelds, of course.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2010 at 9:05AM
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Hi Brooklynnina. We have the exact situation, so I'm curious what you ended up doing! Would love any advice...

    Bookmark   October 13, 2011 at 4:46PM
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