How to Install a Shower Temperature Control Valve
Installing a temperature control valve in the shower makes life much easier. This job involves cutting and soldering, so make sure you have a basic know how of using these tools. Read on to find out how to successfully install a shower temperature control valve.
Step 1 – Get Ready
Before you start installing the temperature control valve, you need to follow a few pointers. Wear gloves as it will give you a better grip. Make sure to have your work glasses on.
Step 2 – Block
Start off with installing the temperature control valve by first getting hold of a 2 by 4 block. You will have to install the block between the 2 studs, on the wall behind the shower stall.
Step 3 – Placing the Block
In order to place the block, measure the distance between the bottom of the stall and the holes that seats the valve handles. Install the block in a way that it will evenly rest with the wall framing holes.
Step 4 – Temperature Control Valve
After installing the block, the next step is to introduce the temperature control valve. Mount the temperature control valve onto the installed block.
Step 5 – For the Hot Water Line
Attach a 1/2 inch straight copper fitting to the 1/2 inch hot water shut off ball valve. This combined unit will come handy, as the line from the hot water will be soldered onto this unit.
Step 6 – Snug Fit
Examine the joint. The two units should fit tight. Remember to tighten the joint with the help of a channel lock.
Step 7– For the Cold Water Line
Similarly attach another copper coupling on the shut off ball valve of the cold water. Use a channel lock to secure it tightly.
Step 8 – Measuring the Line
Take a measuring tape and measure the length required for the copper line that will connect to both the hot and cold water shut off valve.
Step 9 – Cut
The next step in installing a temperature control valve is to cut two half inch copper line according to the measurement taken in step 8. Use a cutter fit for cutting copper pipes.
Step 10 – Solder
The next step is to attach the copper line to the hot and cold water side. Use a propane torch to solder the copper line into the attached straight fitting on both the sides.
Step 11 – Street Elbow
Fit a street elbow to the end of the half inch fitting. The street elbow has to be 90 degrees. Use a set of pliers to tighten the channel locks. Repeat the same procedure on the cold water as well.
Step 12 – Solder
Again solder the joint between the hot water half inch line and the street elbow. Use a propane torch. Repeat the same on the cold water as well.