Bath/shower faucet cant' be installed on centerline

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by bradak, Oct 1, 2008.

  1. bradak

    bradak New Member

    Oct 1, 2008
    I'm replacing a surface mount bath/shower two tap faucet with a delta single lever faucet. Problem is there is a 3" copper drain line in the wall right where the rough in housing should go. There are two apartments below sharing the drain. I can only assume the copper pipe continues up to the roof and vents. Would it be bad aesthetics to mount the rough in off to the side two or three inches? I'm thinking to the right (towards tub outer edge) The Multichoice rough in valve is 2-3/4" deep.

    Original Faucet [​IMG]
    Behind the wall [​IMG]

    Thanks for your input,
  2. Redwood

    Redwood Master Plumber

    Dec 15, 2007
    Service Plumber
    Ya gotta do what ya gotta do.
    It certainly looks like they screwed you!
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    IT will be odd aesthetics, but usually if you move it far enough off center to show that it was intentional and not just a poor installation, you can get away with it.
  5. Basement_Lurker

    Basement_Lurker One who lurks

    Jun 21, 2007
    I smash things and demand money.
    Victoria, BC
    You could always offset the valve and then offset a sliding hand shower bar to make the installation look like it was planned that way. Or, unless you were dead set on having a bathtub, you could fur out the wall and put in a 4' wide shower pan.

    You certainly have your hands full there to make things finish nicely!
  6. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    On my tub, there's a pocket door and an air duct behind the wet wall, so I didn't want to have to get into there for any future work. I chose (a fairly expensive, but nice) surface mounted tub/shower/spout surface mounted fixture from Grohe. Other companies make similar things. This, as implied, combines the valves and the spout with an outlet for a hand shower hose (integrated divertor). The only thing going into the wall is the hot and cold water supplies terminated in a typical drop-earred el threaded fitting. Since the whole thing is supported by the threaded fittings and a compression trim collar on the outside of the finished wall, you have to make sure the in-wall fittings are well anchored. But, other than that, it's fairly easy to install as long as the supply fittings are the proper width (it does accept a range - the fittings that screw into the wall have an L-shape, so you can make accommodation for some variance from the nominal width).
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