I'm building a small bathroom in my basement. It will have a shower
stall, not a tub. But all the faucet fixtures for sale in the DIY
stores sell fixtures with the tub faucets too, which for me will be a
waste of money. Furthermore, it is the tub spigot that turns the
showerhead on and off, right? So how does this work if I don't have a
tub spigot? WIll I have to buy the full set and throw away the tub
kit, and if so, how will the shower head be always "turned on"?
On the other hand, having a spout that will deliver full-flow
for filling buckets is frequently vary convenient. So having
a tub-spout in a shower stall isn't as dumb as it might appear.
Although I'd go with a hose-bib if possible.
All the mfr make a shower-only fixture.
You can even buy just the valve(s) and add your
own choice of shower head.
look thru their bath selection as one example.
There are shower-only faucets available. You're just not seeing them in the
stores you went to. Open the yellow pages and find a real plumbing supply
store. Or, call 800-BUY-MOEN. They should be able to give you model numbers,
and you can use those to find more info on their web site, which is a bit
weird to navigate.
You generally can buy a standard faucet and simply cap the outlet that would
supply the tub spout. You say "the tub spigot that turns on the
showerhead", but this is only because when you pull up on the 'diverter' you
force the water up to the head. By plugging the tub spout you are
effectively doing the same thing.
Joe, I went ahead in my shop and bought diverter faucet with the intent of
putting a plug into the opening that would go down to the tub. However, as
my wife pointed out, why not install a second spout in the shower, down low,
so we can wash the dog and possibly just wash our feet only. Worked out
fine. The second spout is about 18 inches off the shower pan and I put one
of those flexible hose-type shower heads on it.
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