replace brass shower fixtures. how hard is it??


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Old 01-02-08, 03:44 PM
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replace brass shower fixtures. how hard is it??

yes, its time.



my wife has been on me for awhile to do away with the early 90s brass trims.



have 2 showers to do: one stall, one tub/shower.



couple questions:



1) when it comes to the heads, I know how to repalce a showerhead. but the gooseneck pipe into the wall is brass too. so it has to go. how hard are those to get off? that is, do they just unscrew? or do I have to cut into the wall and jimmy it off with a wrench or otherwise.



2) then as for the control dials. both shower stall and tub/shower combo are tiled. I am guessing I have to bust out the tiles immediatel surrounding the control knob? once I do that, does it just unscrew and you put a new chrome/nickel face on? or is there a whole mechanism that has to come out?



3) similar deal for the tub spigot. its tiled. I am hoping I can just uncaulk it and unscrew the spigot. or is it not that easy?



any help is appreciated. I am not a beginner in terms of DIY, but I dont do much plumbing.



any links are good too. thanks...



thanks!



brendan
 
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Old 01-02-08, 05:13 PM
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OK, here goes: 1) Hopefully the shower head arm is attached to a proper brass ear fitting that in turn is attached firmly to a framing member. If so, all you have to do is get a pipe wrench or pair of pliers and unscrew it. Take car installing the new one, to use teflon tape on the threads and don't use the pliers or wrench, just twist it until it is firm and bring it around to rest in a downward position, attaching your shower head to it. 2) It may be that you can purchase new plates, handles, escutcheons, etc. and refurbish what you have rather than changing out the valve body. Try that first, especially if the valve body works good and doesn't leak. If you have to replace the valve body, consider doing it from the wall behind the apparatus. Easier to repair sheetrock than to replace tile. 3) Spigot arm is either screwed in or held on via a set screw. Look under the unit and see if there is a gap at the tub. If so, an allen screw is holding the spigot on. Loosen it and slide the spigot off the pipe. If unscrewing is the option, do that, carefully. Replace with identical brand/type. Hope this helps.
 
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thanks, Chandler.

1) sounds easy enough.
2) they are both plain-Jane Delta. brass, big honkin' crystal looking plastic knob controller. has two screws under that that appear to affix the "plate" to the wall. I was hoping I could just unscrew those, pop the top off the knob to reveal a screw, pull knob and plate off, slap new "outer pieces" on, and that would be about it. I mentioned "busting the tile" because the perimeter of the "plate" appears to be embedded in a grout line...maybe with a grout tool I can scrape it free; not sure
3) spigots look like builders best grade Deltas, circa 1990. very oxidized. I do not see a screw slot, but that may be becuase of the 1/8 width of caulk around the base of the spigot, although I did start to peel it away and it looks flush to wall, with no Allen slot. will look again.
 
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Old 01-03-08, 04:39 AM
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1) not rocket science, so doable. 2) It is good that it is a generic Delta. You can remove the knob cover, unscrew the knob, unscrew the two screws in the fascia plate, remove it all and take it with you to the store to get what you want. Most big box stores carry replacement trim pieces that will satisfy the most discerning tastes. Hopefully the grout line is just that, and not anything any more sinister. 3) The slot will be probably 3/8" long, so if you don't see it or feel it, then it unscrews. Cut the silicone, grasp it with the pipe wrench, turn it ccw, carefully until it releases, then spin it off. Find one that is not cruddy and install it. Good luck with the transformation. Oh, yeah, take the wife with you to select the trim pieces. This is not a guy job, and you will get it wrong.
 
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replace roman tub faucet

Thanks for all the advice on my brass-to-chrome retrofit, guys.

I have a follow up...

I am now tackling the garden tub in my Master Bath. It needs a new "roman" tub fixture. I talked to Delta and I have narrowed down a few wife-approved models that will work with the rough in/valves already there. I have new trim kit on special order from Lowes that should do the trick.

Ok, now to the question....or my idiocy as the case may be.

I cannot figure out how to get the old faucet off. Knobs were no problem. On the spigot, there is a littte round cap. I popped it off. About 1/2 inch in is an old and kinda discolored/rusty bolt of some kind. Looks like a hex/"allen" type deal. I am guessing a 1/8 hex. So I got that 1/8 allen bit out of my drill bit set and attempted to get the bolt out, assuming the faucet will then just kinda lift right out. The bit seems to fit, but the facuet is not disengaging... And I am afraid if I keep trying, I will strip the bolt (looks a bit stripped already, before I even went in, to be honest) and then really be screwed. Stuck having to hacksaw the damn facuet off or something.

I am not real handy, admittedly. But am I just dumb, too? Am I missing something obvious here? Any help is appeciated. Thanks!!!
 
 

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