Updating Tub/Shower faucet set

Old 03-31-06, 09:22 AM
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Question Updating Tub/Shower faucet set


I would like to replace the faucet/on-off handle and shower head in my shower/tub combo. What I currently have is a single handle that controls both hot and cold in a shower with tiled walls.

I would like to replace it with the same "type" but just a newer fixture. I know how to get all of this off (screws etc.) but to replace that sort of thing, is it a little more involved? Meaning, do you have to solder (spelling) the fixtures off of the pipes that go into the shower area? My main concern is if I'm going to have to solder things together or not.

My original thinking was that you could just peel the caulking out, unscrew a few things and then screw on the new updated fixtures. But after looking around that doesn't seem to be the case.

Any thoughts/comments/procedures that I should consider? Thanks!
Old 03-31-06, 04:30 PM
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Is your present fixture leaking? You know, if you want, you can change the handle and the cover with new ones and it will be like new. That is the reason I asked if it was leaking. You will have to approach this monster from the other side of the wall, as it is probably in a closet. You will need to cut the wall board in a square about 12"x12" directly behind the shower control valve, and yes, you may have to unsolder the connections if you can't cut them out. It is really an involved process, so post back if you want to do this thing or if upgrading the visible stuff will work. I notice in your moniker you use the name in part of Gulick. If your last name is Gulick, please send me a PM.

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