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Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

Posted by olivea (My Page) on
Fri, Sep 24, 10 at 18:00

I have a deck-mounted roman tub faucet with 3 holes (for the hot nozzle, the cold nozzle, and the gooseneck spout). I want to install a hand shower, but don't see any hardware online that will allow me to do this. It seems like they expect you to tear out the tub, and change the rough-in to a 4 hole one (with the recessed hand shower slot). I don't want to tear up my tub to get this working. Is there any other way? I am a complete novice who knows nothing about plumbing - I would appreciate any help. Thanks.


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

I don't think there is an off the shelf solution to simply add a handshower --

But if you don't want to tear up the deck, then consider a single handle roman tub faucet with a hand shower --

http://faucets.efaucets.com/nav/ct2/onehandlewithhandshower/ct1/romantubfaucets/0

Of course, that part of the plumbing will need to be redone -- but then probably no tile or tub work.


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

Hi,
We are also looking for a solution for the same problem and were wondering if you found an answer. If so, could you guide as well.
Thanks


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

please check out this video on youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_CC0-yBqVA


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

I'm having this same issue and there doesn't seem to be a great solution anywhere, so i'm bumping the thread in the hopes that someone knowledgeable will have a bright idea. I considered the solution suggested by peteinsonj, above, but since the current tub filler is deck mounted in tile with no access panel I don't see how to change the plumbing 'guts' without ripping up the deck. Am I missing something?


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

In some instances you can access the tub mixer by coming in from the back through an adjacent room.

It should also be mentioned that if you install a hand shower on the tub spout you are also required to install a backflow preventer on the hand shower line.


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

Thank you for adding your thoughts. I unfortunately cannot access the plumbing this way [the 'back' walls are second story exterior walls], but maybe this idea will help someone else.


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RE: Installing hand shower to roman tub spout

There is a Company that made a fixture just for those cases where the people don't want to bother the tiles or deck, this is a in-line diverter attached to the Spout and has two outlets one for the spout and one for the handshower, here is the e-mai of that company who made this adaption:
dolphinengineering@gmail.com

I hope that this can help to solve the problem.


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