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Old 11-05-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Bathtub Faucet - Replace or Repair w/ New Trim?


I am continuing to plan my bathroom remodel... I am planning on removing the tub and tile surround and replacing it with a new tub and tile. I don't see any need to move the faucet/shower head/spout.

I currently have a Moen single handle bath faucet. Shower/tub selector is in the spout. It drips, but otherwise works fine. It would need a new trim kit as the old one is a bit dated and nasty. I'm guessing it is 35ish years old.

What is the better option from a reliability/cost/hassle standpoint?

1. Keep the existing valve body, install a new cartridge and trim.
2. Replace the whole thing.

Not sure if this is a "replace it while the walls are open before it fails" or "then don't build em like they used to" decision.

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Best and most cost effective to replaace it---at that age it doesn't have the anti-scald/pressure balancing features that modern code requires.

A nice looking trim kit is almost as much as a new set---

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I agree 100%. By now the inside seating surfaces have started to corrode, and it's sure not going to be any easier to find parts or replace it years later.
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