Return to the Plumbing Forum | Post a Follow-Up

 o
How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Posted by sousvide23 (My Page) on
Thu, Jan 6, 11 at 3:23

Hi all, I want to replace our shower faucet - the handle/knob that controls the water. I currently have a single handle that controls the temperature. All the way right is off, as I turn it left, it turns it on and increases the hot water.

From what I've read, I need to find a trim that matches the existing valve...because I can't get access to replace the valve without significant damage and repair to the shower. We moved in not too long ago and the house is 8 years old. I have NO clue what the model or brand the fixtures are - there are no identifying names. There is a rather cryptic logo though that I've never seen.

Is there anyway I can ID the valve? Do I need to if I just want to change/update/replace the handle?

Thanks!


Follow-Up Postings:

 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Take a picture and post it, pictures are worth a thousand words. You may also find the brand on the sink fixtures most of the time they are all the same brand.


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Our 4 yr old Delta (model# 132900 ) works as you describe. It is stamped "Delta" on the trim plate and the handle, and the trim plate screw holes are at 1:00 and 7:00 (actually closer to 2:00 and 8:00, but not quite.)

Anyway, I would suggest taking both the trim plate and the handle off and take them with you to a big box store to match them up. The key is matching the holes on the trim plate, as well as the turning "stops" on the backside of the handle (so take the handle out of the package and look at the back of it closely).

If they don't match, try a real plumbing supply, since the trim plate holes and stops can be different even for the same brands. This is how it is with Moen. Sometimes I buy a trim kit from a plumbing supply, other times the big box version, and sometimes I even have to parts from each place to freshen up a bathroom. (If I want a shiny new Moen tub spout, it's almost the same cost at my local plumbing supply to buy the entire trim kit vs. the spout by itself.)

Good luck.


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Ok...the faucets in the sinks, tubs showers are all the same through out the house - no branding on them but I'll take the shower trim apart in the basement bathroom which we never use anyway and post a pic.

Are there such things a universal or valve adapters to have one valve work with another brands trim, for example, Delta to Moen? Pardon my ignorance in the area. I didn't realize these things were so proprietary. :)


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Sorry to say valves are not usable with other brands. What you can do is once you identify the brand you may be able to get what they call trim kits for that valve. You may be able to get different finishes and styles from the manufacturer that will fit on that valve.


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

I am in the same spot with old Moen fixtures (finally figured out they were Moen). If by any chance your old ones are Moen....u can reference the link below. They now have a retrofit kit so various trim kits will work with the valves. Various Moen kits that is.

Here is a link that might be useful: Moen Valve & Trim Kits


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

I just had the same issue but when I inspected the valve, after taking off the plate and handles, I saw that the valve was stamped PF. Aha! Price Pfister. Sometimes it's just a little detective work needed. And, dont be surprised if the Big Box store associate is of no help to you. Go directly to a real plumbing supply shop.


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

sousvide23 i'm having the same problem and now there is talk about getting to the valve through a wall. I did learn from the posts that a kit may be available to me. Is anyone familiar with this type of valve? The other shower fixture in my house is Delta.


 o
RE: How to replace a shower faucet/trim

Here is another picture that may help


 o Post a Follow-Up

Please Note: Only registered members are able to post messages to this forum.

    If you are a member, please log in.

    If you aren't yet a member, join now!


Return to the Plumbing Forum

Information about Posting

  • You must be logged in to post a message. Once you are logged in, a posting window will appear at the bottom of the messages. If you are not a member, please register for an account.
  • Posting is a two-step process. Once you have composed your message, you will be taken to the preview page. You will then have a chance to review your post, make changes and upload photos.
  • After posting your message, you may need to refresh the forum page in order to see it.
  • Before posting copyrighted material, please read about Copyright and Fair Use.
  • We have a strict no-advertising policy!
  • If you would like to practice posting or uploading photos, please visit our Test forum.
  • If you need assistance, please Contact Us and we will be happy to help.


Learn more about in-text links on this page here