Good morning everyone,
Been a 'lurker' here for a couple of months. Found some answers I needed
especially regarding cement board for my bathroom remodeling project. I've
torn out the walls/tile around my bath/shower, and 'Wonderboard' is now in
place where wet sheetrock (spelling?) was at...except for the valve area.
Since the wall is open, I want to change the valves (just purchased this
slightly older home built in 1962 and the valves are old).
Just starting to do research on changing valves in my bath/shower area.
Looking for a possible web site that shows how this can be done, etc.
Preferably with pictures <grin> And of course, any input is appreciated.
Go to local library. There are dozens of good DIY books out
on basic plumbing jobs. Even HD has some. I think you will
gain more good background than from a URL.
The job will no doubt involve soldering with a torch.
Plan ahead how you will do that without burning the bath down...
On 12/7/2004 1:20 PM US(ET), Andy S took fingers to keys, and typed the
But you may have to alter the pipes to have them align with the inlets
of the new valve, unless you are lucky enough to find a new valve that
has the inlets in exactly the same place as the old valve. While you are
at HD, pick up the DIY plumbing book. You may be encouraged to change
some other things, or gain enough knowledge to start a new career. :-)
Think twice before you replace. All new units will only deliver 2.5 gal per
minute max. You may install a new fixture and be dis-appointed with the
resulting water flow. For about the same cost as replacement you should be
able to buy new stems, trim and handles for your old faucet.
It is generally easier to go back with the same style. If you have a two
handled or single lever it is easier to stay with the same. That may not be
the look you want. I just mentioned it.
Delta brand faucets come with detailed and pretty easy to understand
instructions. I imagine most of the major brands do. The alteration of the
connections will be where the challenge comes in. If the old one is not
installed using unions, you may have to cut some pipe and add some. In 1962
construction most likely the faucet is connected to pipes with unions but
the shower-head and spout are just threaded.
I'm sure we will here back from you. Have fun.
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