Help understanding this shower setup

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Photovor, Mar 31, 2010.

  1. Photovor

    Photovor New Member

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    What's the deal with stand-up showers (no tub basin) that have a tub spout about a foot off of the floor, and just a single shower head? I'm assuming that this is some sort of retro-fit where they used just a standard valve, and then the tub faucet as a diverter to turn the shower head on? I've seen this in a few new bathrooms, and now just on "Holmes on Homes" on HGTV in a bathroom they just re-did.

    What's the purpose in doing this?
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Search 'toe tester', and you'll find this discussed ad infinatum...
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    It is a useful addition to showers so you do not get hit in the face with a blast of cold water when you turn the valve on. I do it in my own showers and wherever I can convince the customer of its advantages.
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