Thermostatic Valve sticks out too far...

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by diyqueen, Mar 2, 2007.

  1. diyqueen

    diyqueen New Member

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    Can anyone help? I was just about to grout my custom shower, and decided to check the trim fittings on my Thermostatic-Valve and diverter. Unfortunately, the valves sit too far out from the wall, and leaves about a 1" gap between the wall and the trim handle :( (the diverter gap is much smaller). The contractor did the install of the valve, but has been very uncooperative since we let him go (do to poor craftsmanship...who would have guessed?)

    Is there any alternative to tearing out the tile, cement board...etc and resetting the valve? :confused: (I can't even go from the other side because the tub is there, and the tub surround is already tiled, grouted and cured) Is ther some kind of large gasket or washer that can be used to fill the gap?
  2. Dan Pick

    Dan Pick New Member

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    Who is the faucet manufacturer?
  3. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I think you are stuck...there are ways to extend the thing if it is in too far, but no the other way.
  4. Cass

    Cass Plumber

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    You could do some creative tiling and build up the 1' of space some how and finish with some sort of bull nose set up.

    A thick piece of Corian maybe, extending out far enough to be pleasing to the eye with formed bull nose. Then set your trim on it.

    You could also have it formed with a shelf to the left and right of it to hold shampoo bottles or what ever.

    You need to think outside the box here. You want to make it look like it was planned this way.

    You also might be able to make it look like it was done that way on purpose using the same or similar set up for the tub spout.

    Use some contrasting tile / Corian maybe. Other than that you will have to reset the valve and spout.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2007
  5. coz

    coz New Member

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    I second the last post .
  6. diyqueen

    diyqueen New Member

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    Kohler (its the devonshire trim kit for the rite-temp hi-flow valve.
  7. diyqueen

    diyqueen New Member

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    Questions

    Can you tile on top of tile, or would i have to remove the existing tile for the build-up?:confused:
  8. tile on tile OK

    yes you can tile on top of tile.
  9. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    I had a similar problem. I didn't really have any access behind. I had selected an external mount valve, so only the drop-ear el was in the wall. The wall ended up being a little thicker than I wanted. It wouldn't fit properly. The extension kit was a little too long. I ended up cutting some granite (I tiled the walls with granite) in a trim piece. Looks okay.
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