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Old 02-24-2006, 04:33 PM   #1
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Hello I am to install a shower and a tub in my bathroom. Both the tub and shower are in the same room and will be separated by a wall. I don't want to have to put access panels in the walls for the drain lines because of aesthetic reasons. the tub requires a drain waste and overflow assemble for its drain lines and it also requires supply lines to hook up to its faucet. The shower on the other hand requires a shower faucet. How can I construct these supply and drainage lines so that I don't need access panels for them. Thank you

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If this bathroom is over a basement or crawlspace, you should be able to access the drain lines from underneath and from in the tub and shower without necessarily needing wall access. If it's on an upper floor, sooner or later, you're going to need wall or downstairs ceiling access.
There are shower faucet assemblies that can be installed from the shower side that have a large estucheon plate, and you won't need wall access from behind with those.
The tub can have tub-mounted faucets and spouts that don't necessarily require future wall access, either.
Check at a plumbing supply house, rather than a big box.
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I would either get over the access panel "looks" or resign yourself to a complete redo match up job MANY times in the future. I lean towards the first. BUT you could try to make something special that would double as both good looking and functional. Like ceramic tiles mounted on its own board that pops out at the grout joints, a Paper holder that doubles as a slide in access, a light fixture that is removable easy to look behind(and big enough to work there)like a 4' flourescent. FWIW--d--
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i found many different access panels to choose from at www.plumbersurplus.com. maybe they have some that meet your aesthetic needs.
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