modify bathtub only to shower/bath combo

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by cstdenis, Jun 9, 2010.

  1. cstdenis

    cstdenis New Member

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    I would like to take a bathtub (built in) and modify it to be a bath/shower combo. Also want to put a circular shower rod around entire bathtub at same time. Is my best bet to go with a "claw-foot" tub converter and shower rod combo? Or should I just replace the faucet with a diverter faucet and get a separate D shaped shower rod? This issue is the faucet and handles are totally separate units and the claw-foot adapter usually comes as one unit. Also, how do I make sure my new faucet (very old american standard I think) will fit the old pipe?
    Thanks in advance for any help/advice.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    They make divert spouts that allow for a tube or a hose fitting.
    The hose attachment would give you a hand held that can also be mounted high with a bracket.
    The pipe thread from the wall with be either 1/2" pipe thread, or 1/2" copper tube.
    I'm guessing 1/2" pipe.
  3. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    There are conversion diverter spouts which have the shower ring attached to the external shower riser pipe.
  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    The issue you may have is that the walls may not be constructed to be getting sprayed with water from a shower. Depends on how it was originally installed. You could end up with moisture problems in the walls.
  5. cstdenis

    cstdenis New Member

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    Where can I get said diverter/shower riser pipe? I can find the diverter faucet on-line, and I can purchase a D-shaped shower rod on-line, but I don't want the shower to be handheld. There is no wall behind the tub to attach a shower arm to (it is a half wall), so would like to be able to attache a pipe directly to the diverter faucet. Will it be secure enough and where can I get something like that?
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    A shower arm and head would not be stable enough just connected to the spout. If you could install a bar, I've found the better hand-held heads are fine as a shower, and provide the extra flexibility to get it down to rinse the corners, or use while sitting or lying in the tub as well.
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