I need some advice. I have a regular set of bath taps (2 handle faucet
with the shower plunger in the middle). The Threads are worn in the
seats - can't re-tap them. The surround tile is real nice stuff and I
can't replace this.(match up). Am I looking at a complete tile job to
replace the taps or can I do the job with the 10 spare matching tiles
that the previous owner left under the vanity. To remove the tap
divertor and spout area it would take 8 tiles plus one for on top where
the shower spout is. Guess the main worry is if I have to, for some
reason remove the verticle row of tiles that cover the area where the
shower pipe leaves the divertor and ends at the shower spout.
They sell a retro kit for just what you have. It ends up being a single
faucet and there is a cover plate that runs out left and right to cover the
old holes etc. I saw it on Ask This Old House, maybe you can find pictures
of it there?
Yes. This is a real old house and it appears that at one time there was
a claw foot tub and all the piping was outside. I thought about that
idea and this would be fine if the backing was blue board or regular
drywall as the tile would come off. my worry is if it's plywood. I
think this is a job where I can just jump into and hope for the best
and expect the worst - think i'll try the dremel.
Don't forget to look at what is on the other side
of the taps. Is it a room, or is it an outside
wall? If it is a room, would it be simpler to
change the taps by removing part of the wall in
that room. It is certainly easier to repair a
piece, even a big piece, of wall board than to
mess with tile.
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