Handheld Shower Diverter in Stall Shower

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by John414, Feb 13, 2006.

  1. John414

    John414 New Member

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    I want to install an optional handheld shower in a shower stall and need a 2-way diverter to switch between the handheld and the fixed shower head. Who makes such a diverter, preferably with 1/2" sweat inlet and outlets?
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

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    What about just a pushbutton diverter tee at the end of the shower arm? These are available anywhere.
  3. John414

    John414 New Member

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    That won't work for me, as I have to make it accessible to a person who is partially handicapped and needs to sit down in the shower. I want to install a diverter valve directly above the main control valve. I suppose I could cap off one of the outlets on a 3-way diverter.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    If you are going to install it in the wall, many companies make a two way diverter, and ALL of them tell you not to cap the third outlet on a three way diverter.
  5. John414

    John414 New Member

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    Can anyone recommend a specific brand or model? I failed to find one in the Delta or Kohler online catalogues. A Google search turns up hundreds of irrelevant links.
  6. John414

    John414 New Member

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    By searching in Google for "2-way in-wall diverter" I found the American Standard 1660.440, which will do the job. It costs more than the Delta 1704 thermostatic control valve, probably reflecting the absence of competition in diverters.
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Most of the companies make them...if you don't match the brand and the style to what you have, the handle won't match, but that may not be a big factor.
  8. Chris Tittle

    Chris Tittle Electrical Contractor

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    Handheld diverter

    I'm in the process of converting my shower to ADA compliant. I was able to purchase a Delta setup for a tub/shower that is ADA compliant and just routed the tub spout outlet to the desired location to attach the wand. My plumber inspected the installation when I had him out to install my floor and shower drain in my slab. According to him it'll work fine.

    Chris
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