Right, there's no water cutoff just for the tub so I'd need to shut the
main for the whole house. I'd like to avoid that if possible because I'm
thinking it's going to take a while to come up with a new diverter.
Best case would be a quick hit at Home Depot/Lowe's- but it's a real old
dog and I expect to be trucking it around town to plumbing supply
places. Kind of a pain having no water for an extended period of time...
Ever notice the shortage of "armed law-abiding citizen” victim tragedy
stories in the news?
On Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at 1:17:48 PM UTC-5, Wade Garrett wrote:
If it's very old, I'd take into account that you might wind up
replacing the whole faucet assembly, for various reasons. If you
have access from behind, that may be bad, but not horrific. If you
don't, then it's really,really bad.
Follow the pipes from the tub as far back to determine if there are shut
off valves on those single lines. If not, then you're only choice is to
shut off from the main, unless by chance, there are valves that shut off
sections which the tub may be a part. If you need to use the main and
plan to have it off for an extended period of time, then I suggest you
use this opportunity to install valves on each pipe (hot and cold) to
the tub, then turn on the main with the two new valves both turned off
to do your replacement/repair.
Cutoff valves are a good suggestion!
Unfortunately though, the fiberglass one-piece tub/shower enclosure
water supply pipes go down to a really nasty and very difficult to
access dirt crawl space. The floor joists and pipes there vary from
about two to 14 feet above the hard-pack dirt.
If it comes to valve installation, it's going to be 1-800-PLUMBER ;-)
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