Adding Shower to Existing Roman Tub set up...

Discussion in 'Shower & bathtub Forum & Blog' started by wacosta, Dec 23, 2010.

  1. wacosta

    wacosta New Member

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    I've got a beautiful whirlpool tub, but now need to add a shower set up. Will use exposed pipes once we figure this out.

    So the question is -

    Can I add a diverter to the existing set up (under the faucet perhaps or in line is possible) and plumb from that to a shower?
    I really don't want to replace the existing fixtures.

    Other option is to be a little funky and add an exposed shower on the other end of the tub (have a good 18" of oak decking and supply line access there. Is it possible to create an exposed shower set up? I really am on a tight budget and don't want to spend any more than I have to.

    Thanks!
  2. Basement_Lurker

    Basement_Lurker One who lurks

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    what you need to be done is not going to be easy nor cheap.
  3. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    You went off the tracks as soon as you use the words "roman tub" and "tight budget" in the same sentence.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    You'll need something like a circular shower curtain to contain the spray in the tub confines. This look doesn't please everyone. Then, unless there is already something like a handspray you could extend, the easiest thing might be to replace the tub spout with one that has a shower hose, diverter, and takeoff in it.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    without a picture showing your existing faucet, there is no way we can comment on whether it is adaptable to a shower unit. The most likely scenario is that it IS adaptable, but then the question becomes how do you do it? To answer that we need the picture.
  6. wacosta

    wacosta New Member

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    Thanks for all the replies. Will post a few photos soon. Appreciate all the help.
    Already have the circle shower curtain (an ugly but functional necessity).
  7. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Should have gotten the rectangular one, it looks like it was made for the tub at least.
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