Help understanding this shower setup

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

  1. Photovor

    Photovor New Member

    Jul 3, 2006
    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

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Search 'toe tester', and you'll find this discussed ad infinatum...
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    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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