Replacing bath/shower fixtures when valve behind tile
Posted by Cathy Green on March 11, 2002 at 19:26:09:
I am remodeling my bathroom and planned to replace everything except for the tub and the surrounding
tile. I plan to have the tub and tile resurfaced after I get the rest of the bathroom done. This is a guest
bath, so I want to keep the cost down.
I had planned to replaced the tub & shower fixtures, but after visiting a plumbing showroom
earlier today, I discovered that none of the new fixtures will fit the valve currently in place, and several
pieces of wall tile would need to be removed to access the valve to replace it. They are the common white
tile squares, so not difficult to find.
Question is, how difficult is this?
The person at the store told me that I would probably end up cracking a lot more tiles and loosening the
surrounding grout, and that if I don't plan to replace all of tile, I shouldn't consider replacing the valve.
Any opinions?