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New shower, confused about valves....

Posted by qt314b (My Page) on
Wed, Jul 20, 11 at 15:05

I am redoing my bath and want to put in a new bath/ shower combo. What I want is a bath filler faucet, Rainshower head, handheld showerhead on a bar so it can be used as a regular shower head and 2 bodysprays. I want a thermostatic valve that has 2 knobs one for temp and one for volume, I figure I need a diverter? What else do I need. - I am not installing a plumber is but I need to make all the decisions.

One more question the plumber said there is nothing that can be done but I am hoping he is wrong. The bathroom is a distance from the hot water heater so it takes a min or two for the hot water to reach the tub - is there anything I can do to speed it up? what is a recirculating loop?

Thanks for any help you can give me. I have been searching i nthe bathroom section here and found lots of information - so I have bits and pieces but still can't get the whole puzzle put together

Thanks, rachel

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RE: New shower, confused about valves....


The simplest solution is to have one thermostatic mixer feeding into four volume control knobs - one for each output. You can then have them on individually or in combination.

We installed a hot-water return to recirculate the water on a timer and it's great - there is absolutely no delay.

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