3 handle shower head configuation woes

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Calyx, Mar 31, 2005.

  1. Calyx

    Calyx New Member

    Mar 31, 2005
    We are trying to remodel a bathroom in a house built in 1930. There is currently a 3 handle faucet in the tub for the tap/shower. (the 3 handles connect to one horizontal pipe that then connects to the rest of the plumbing behind the tub wall).

    It appears that the "spread" is 12 inches for this set up. I can only find 3 handle arrangements with an 8 inch spread.

    Any ideas who might make a 3 handle faucet that are spaced farther apart? We won't have any spare bathtub tiles and don't want to re-tile the bathtub. I can't seem to find a remodeling plate that would be wide enough to cover the 2 outside holes and allow us to install a single handle faucet.



  2. Master Plumber Mark

    Master Plumber Mark Master Plumber

    Feb 6, 2005
    Sensitivity trainer.. plumber of mens souls
    indianapolis indiana - land of the free, home of
    Delta faucet

    all you got to do is buy a normal delta faucet with the standard 8 inch spread.

    the delta facuet brass arms can be cut between the two sections and extended outwards with just normal 1/2 copper couplings to the size you wish to make it.

    Yes thats right, they are made that way to the exact size of 1/2 copper so
    they can be extended with copper pipe and couplings. Aint it wonderful!!

    It just requires a tubing cutter and the ability to solder properly the copper extensions in between two or three faucet bodies.

    If its a three handle faucet you are replaceing for either a tub or shower,
    I suggest that you use a two handle faucet and put a Delta faucet Deco plug over the center hole. And use a pull down diverter spout that also comes from Delta.

    Also take the plastic parts out before you solder this little thing up so you dont overheat the parts.

    good luck and have fun fun fun

    this has gotten me out of many jams with old funky faucets.
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  4. Clayton

    Clayton Plumber

    Sep 26, 2004
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    It is probably 11" centers and several companies, such as California Brass make 11" three valve faucets.
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