3-hole shower faucet repl

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by sldghmmr, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. sldghmmr

    sldghmmr New Member

    Sep 22, 2004
    I need to replace a three handle shower set. I don't want to re-tile the entire shower/tub. Sooo . . .

    1. Is there a 3-hole cover available such as those for 3-to-1 hole conversions?
    2. If not, how can I remove the tile so I can re-use it?

    Thank You much!
  2. Deb

    Deb Plumber

    Sep 5, 2004

    Yes, many manufacturers have cover plates made to go from 3 or 2 handle to 1 handle conversions. There are also generic type cover plates.
    I recommend a pressure balance valve since you are changing this one out. They are code everywhere and simply a safe easy way to protect your family from being scalded in the shower.
    The Pipewench
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  4. sldghmmr

    sldghmmr New Member

    Sep 22, 2004
    Not clear in the fogesphere!

    Thank you, Deb.
    I guess I could've been more vague if I tried. I have a three handle and I am replacing with a three handle. I need a source for a cover plate for three handles. I know of the conversions from 3 or 2 -to-one, but what about a three handle cover for 3 handle set so I don't have to try to save my tile or re-tile the whole shebang. Thanks again!
  5. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego
    Danco makes one, but it is plastic, with a mirror finish. A good plumbing supply house should have one in metal, chrome finish.
  6. LonnythePlumber

    LonnythePlumber Plumber, Contractor, Attorney

    Sep 6, 2004
    Plumber, Contractor, Attorney
    Wichita, Kansas
    From Back

    You may be better off to come in from the back. To get a decent repair on the tile you need to cut a larger hole than needed so that you have more support around the holes. Stud width and at least 2 feet vertical. If the tiles are set on a mud base this can be more challenging than if they are set on sheetrock or cement board.
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