How to replace a clawfoot tub faucet and waste and overflow

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Terry, Oct 18, 2013.

  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Replacing an old clawfoot tub faucet and tub drain.
    This one below was a little old.

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    The owner had picked up a new drain and new faucet with shutoffs at the floor.

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    The first thing is to shut off the water to the home and remove the old one.

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    This one had copper 1/2" Male adapters. Normally with older installs, you will find galvanized pipe nipples through the flooring.
    The slip joint nut is at floor level for the drain.

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    Either tape or pipe dope the threads and tighten the new stops on. These supplies from Sign of the Crab came with rubber cone washers and friction rings.

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    The threaded portion of the tub drain needs thread sealant before installaton.
    So unthread the ends, apply the thread sealant, and reassemble.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    New faucet installed. New faucets come with a tall spout that is higher than the top of the tub. This is new plumbing code. Well...........at least new since 1920

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    All ready for a shower curtain
  3. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots Sprinkler Guy

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    Does a "classic tub" install like this get a pass from complying with any anti-scald valve requirements?
  4. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    To make it code, you would have a tempering valve on the system.
    For this install, it could have been in the ceiling of the room below where the access panel was.he
    Some homes use a tankless set at 120, or have a tempering valve either at the tub, or for the entire home at the water heater.
  5. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    Terry where did you get the shower curtain holder? Is that the old one buffed out and shined up?

    Looks awesome.
  6. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The curtain holder came with the shower faucet. Sign of the Crab.
    It's a two man job for sure! My main worry was that we would trip over it and bend it in half. :)
  7. Wet_Boots

    Wet_Boots Sprinkler Guy

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    Thanks. That three-handle tub valve reminded me of a long ago practice of soaking in a bubble bath with the hot tap just cracked open to allow a trickle of hot water (probably very hot - it was long before anti-scald valves were marketed) to keep the feet comfy-cozy. I don't think codes allow for that any more :(
  8. johnfrwhipple

    johnfrwhipple Bathroom Design & Build - North Vancouver, B.C.

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    How much? Looks pricey!!!

    My favourite kind of fixture.

    Do they come in chrome plated brass?

    JW
  9. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    The design of the old faucet looks like it could have had "Fuller balls" in it, which would date it to the 1920's or so.
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