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Attaching thermostatic trim to wall

Posted by axxis_rose (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 11, 12 at 13:47

My plumber is concerned about the thermostatic set I've selected. It has a flat trim plate and attaches to the wall and fits over the rough with a bead of silicone. He says that if I ever need access to the valve I will have to destroy my tile wall. Is this correct?

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RE: Attaching thermostatic trim to wall

It depends on what you need to do with the thermostatic valve.

If there are filters in the unit that could require periodic cleaning, those should be easily accessible through the hole after removing the trim plate.

If you need to replace the entire unit (unlikely < 15 years), like any in-wall valve unit or plumbing, you will have to get at it either from the back or the front wall. If the opening is too small, yes, you'd have to enlarge the hole, which could mean demolishing the wall.

RE: Attaching thermostatic trim to wall

Thanks davidtay. Regarding your first point about periodic cleaning, I think the plumber is concerned that the trim plate itself will be impossible to remove without damaging the wall. Since the manufacturer recommends attaching it with silicone I think he might be right. Seems like other styles of trim plates do not require adhesive in order to attach to the wall.

RE: Attaching thermostatic trim to wall

Silicone caulk can be cut very easily. There should not be any issue.

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