Replacing a three handle tub shower faucet with Moen Posi-Temp

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  1. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    Replacing a three handle tub shower faucet with Moen Posi-Temp

    Sometimes we find a three handle tub shower faucet that either needs updating, or we simply can't find parts for.
    On method for repairing a three handle faucet, is to turn the water off at the home, pull the handles and stems, and take those to a local hardware store to match up. All of this takes driving time, two trips if you're lucky. If you have a photo, and you recognize the faucet, you may be able to have the correct parts when you make the first trip. Price Pfister makes a well used three handle, but there are more out there that are not PP, and don't give much of a clue.

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    Yeah.......What's this?

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    Okay, that valve body looks like nothing I've seen. I'm replacing with a Moen Posi-Temp anyway, so here I go.
    The Posi-Temp pressure balances, nice for an old home when somebody is working the kitchen sink or flush a nearby toilet in the second bath.

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    Installed and ready to be secured in the wall.

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    Trimmed with Moen repair plate and the "Moen Level" tub shower trim.
    Now if they ever have an issue, there is the lifetime guarantee from Moen on the cartridge.
    And we "know" what it is this time. It's much easier to "dial" in the temperature too.
  2. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    There was an old, old three handle valve at 10" centers here.

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    A jig saw with a tile blade opened the wall a bit.

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    Not liking the lath and plaster here.

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    Moen Posi-Temp with new trim.

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  3. robert13084

    robert13084 New Member

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    Nice!The three handle faucet is an American standard.
  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Have you tried the "Waterhill" plate? It might be wide enough to cover without using the "repair plate". I have used a similar one from Delta, (it fits a lot of round plate valves and comes in many finishes), and it makes a very nice looking installation.
  5. Terry

    Terry Administrator Staff Member

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    The specs on this are 8" from left to right. That may not be enough to replace an 8" on center three valve faucet. It would be helpful for replacing a single though.
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