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

Posted by brooklynnina (My Page) on
Sat, Oct 30, 10 at 16:09

(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

Thanks!


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

All of these are available at your local big box.


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

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.


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handheld + wall bar:

http://www.homedepot.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/Search?keyword=delta+wall+bar&langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

spout:
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.


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

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. :)


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

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.


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

Good point. Sorry for any confusion. Both stores have the handhelds, of course.


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

Hi Brooklynnina. We have the exact situation, so I'm curious what you ended up doing! Would love any advice...


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