3 step Delta diverter to supply two shower heads (yay or nay?)

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by workhurts, Aug 9, 2012.

  1. workhurts

    workhurts New Member

    Aug 9, 2012
    So, one shower with dimensions of about 8' x 3'. Want to put two shower heads in on opposite walls. I don't need two temperature controls. I would also like to be able to turn both of them on and off from a single location.

    Builder wants to use two mixers and have two independent showers. I don't like the look of two shower controllers on the same wall. No one seems to sell a shower controller/valve plate that is small. Why are they all 7" or so?

    Anyway, talking to Delta they tell me that their standard T14440 mixer is rated for a flow of 6.5gpm at a PSI of 60. So, why couldn't a diverter provide enough pressure to supply 2 shower heads at the same time? The gpm drops to around 5 at around 40PSI, which would still be able to supply two shower (even if the restrictors on them accidentally fell off).

    So, what am I missing? What's the hesitation from the builder? Am I just being dense here and there's some really good reason to have two mixers and two different feeds?

    Home is brand new construction, shower is on 2nd floor, it's not on a well. I guess I can ask what the pressure is at the meter. Would the pressure at the meter equal the maximum pressure I can have in the house? I haven't thought about pressure and fluid dynamics since college and am trying to get up to speed as quickly as possible.
  2. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Unless your supply is way up on a hill and your house is at the bottom, the supply pressure is the max you'd ever see in the house.

    To run the water probably about 12-15' from one end of the 8' shower to the other, the temperatures wouldn't (at least start out) the same since you'd have that long of a run of pipe to warm up. Plus, any changes you made would be slowed by 2-3 seconds as the changed mix made its way to the further showerhead. Plus, how often is it that two people like the same exact temp for their shower? Slim chances...put in two controls, and the controversy goes away.

    The trims are fairly large to allow for maintenance and someone's idea of what looks good (maybe not yours!). Many of the handles are long loops or levers, and the diameter of the trim is larger. If you were to choose simply a round handle, in theory, it could be smaller, but most don't spend the money to make multiples.
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