11:15AM | 11/19/06
Member Since: 11/18/06
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My husband and I just tiled our bathroom. We want to replace the old handles for hot/cold/shower/tub. We purchased a set at home depot and opened it to find the entire manifold with handles attached. Unfortunately, the handles attach to a round metal piece and ours are square. we also just really want new handles and covers and backing would be quite the chore to go in and replace the manifold - our old one is fine.

Does anyone know where we might find old (or new) handles to fit our current manifold? I have been googling all day with no luck! thanks!


09:05AM | 11/23/06
Member Since: 01/24/06
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Here you spent a lot of time and possibly a lot of money to install new tiles over an existing old shower body that will cause trouble in the future and trying to find handles to fit over the original spindles.

One should have considered a new shower with the added protection of either a pressure or temperature or both as the perfect opportunity had presented itself before the tile work was started.

There is something called a fits all handle not really a great thing but we used to use it in poor housing developments when the slum lords would not make proper repairs and my old boss said just make do with what is there.


02:13PM | 11/23/06
Member Since: 11/18/06
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while it may seem we were "too lazy" to do the extra work at the beginning- that is quite the contrary- in fact we did a lot of work with the pipes in the walls to update them. Had we any idea that the handle spindles were any different we would have changed that at the beginning. No one we got advice from even brought that up so we assumed that this was a generic thing and didnt need to be addressed.

good thing that we are also slum lords because now we know how to address this issue if that comes up in our other house.

thanks for the warm fuzzy advice.


06:52PM | 11/23/06
Member Since: 04/25/05
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First check with a local full service hardware store in your area. They often stock things that are in common use in that area. That is specially true if your house was part of a development.

And with local plumbing supply house. And also look for a specialty supply house.

In this area we have one called the Plumbers Friend. I don't think that they stock any pipe or tubing. But I was in their one day and they helping a customer with an odd ball fitting on the drain of 1920's tub.

Also there are faucet assemblies that are designed for retro fit applications. You do it from the front. They do take fair size hole, but come with a trim plate that covers it all up.

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