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jasampson

10:47AM | 07/09/06
Member Since: 07/08/06
1 lifetime posts
Bvplumbing
OK... here's my situation. And I did not at ALL think this quest would be so hard to do!!!

I have a garden tub that I would like to add a handshower to. Here's the problem, though: I'm on a very strict time and money budget (aren't we all?) I'd like to do this myself, in that I've had just enough experience with plumbing and remodeling to be dangerous. :)

I had wanted to simply buy an "add-a-shower" spout to replace the one I have, but they don't make them for deck mounts! Puting in a new rough-in or a diverter to a wall mount is not a good option for several reasons (such I as don't want to have to tear out the whole wall to do that!), the biggest of which is that there is no access to the current tub rough-in (except through the deck opening for the faucet and handles), without tearing the whole tub out! There is no access panel that I can find, which really surprised me, and the wall the tub is installed on is not accessible.

I was told that I could buy a deck mount hand shower, and just replace the tub filler itself with that, and use it as a tub filler. I don't even know if that is possible, or if it is something I could accomplish only having access through the deck. One guy mentioned to me that it would take a LONG time to fill the tub, which is an issue I had thought of, as well.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me? The best one I've heard so far was the handshower one. It's a deck mount faucet, with two handles for the hot and cold. (why are there no "add-a-shower" type products out there for this scenario??? :) )

Thank you!!!!

shawnmichaelthomas

06:02AM | 07/05/07
Member Since: 07/04/07
2 lifetime posts
I am having the same problem. Im going to the hardware store this afternoon to see if there is a way to add a diverter and a flexible shower head to run to the top of the stall.

If you don't have access to the tub, there isn't anything online I can find that's a tub/deck mount facuet with built in diverter. There are wall mount models available.

shortnsweet

07:50AM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 11/08/07
2 lifetime posts
did you get this done? I would love to see a pic.. my husband wants to do the same thing and I just dont think it would look nice.. HELP! Also any hints you can give would be great..

Robi Fleming

shawnmichaelthomas

09:59AM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 07/04/07
2 lifetime posts
I found a few things called roman howers that had a spilt off flexible hose. We didn't like that because it only requires two holes in the tub and we have three right now with the deck mount faucet.

So we are going to cut into the water line under the tub and install a diverter and then run it up to the side to the wall and out.

Then resurface the walls in tile. I don't think there are to many other options.

shortnsweet

12:46PM | 11/09/07
Member Since: 11/08/07
2 lifetime posts
do you have any pics???

Robi Fleming

Sylvan

06:14AM | 11/11/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1507 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Before connecting any hoses I would strongly suggest you ask your local authorities what back flow preventer device they want so you so not contaminate the potable water supply
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Sylvan

06:14AM | 11/11/07
Member Since: 01/24/06
1507 lifetime posts
Me_office1
Before connecting any hoses I would strongly suggest you ask your local authorities what back flow preventer device they want so you so not contaminate the potable water supply
9994-tieger_plumbing
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