I have a shower only setup off the master br that I want to replace. The
name on the round plate says "tanadyne". I've never heard of that
Can I replace the shower head and (stem?) and the plate with any
manufacturer's parts? I'm guessing that the fittings behind the wall might
be different for differing manufacturers, however that is just a guess on my
Is Tanadyne a company that got bought by another company? The cover plate
has two phillips head screws under the water controller.
Any suggestions? Can I replace it all or am I stuck with my Tanadyne?
Tanadyne is by Moen.
The finish pipe or beauty pipe (stem) is nothing more than 1/2" pipe
thread to the wall side, which is connected to a 1/2" pipe fitting in
the wall. More than likely a 90o elbow. So yes, you can install most
any type of shower head you'd like.
Let me get this straight. You want to
replace the shower control (aka "faucet"),
not just the shower head. Right?
If so, there are many, many tricks of the
trade one needs to know:
Is there access to the *other* side of the
wall or will you have to open the wall on
the shower side (we're talking a fairly big hole).
What kind of pipe is involved? Galv iron, copper,
plastics?? How you deal with them is different.
A skilled tradesperson can replace your Tanadyne
with just about any other brand, but as noted
the kinds of connections depend on what's in the wall.
I'm not saying this can't be a DIY job; but it does
rely heavily on experience.
Thanks for the reply. You are correct that I would like to replace the
whole thing. The plumbing is all copper and the access "behind the wall" on
the otherside is a bedroom wall. That is to say that the bathroom wall and
bedroom wall are one in the same and the plumbing is inside that wall.
I believe that different companies bring the Hot and Cold into the
"controller" differently and so I want to find a company that uses the same
specs for plumbing that tanadyne used. It is comforting to know that Moen
is Tanadyne so hopefully there are enough similarities between a newer set
and the Tanadyne as to NOT have to bust an access hole in the BR wall.
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