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Old 02-18-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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hi

I just discovered that my shower walls have substantial moisture damage and the tiles are on the cusp of falling off! So, it's time to redo the shower. We have experience in tiling and basic plumbing (sink faucets/drain assemblies) but have never worked on a shower before.

A few years ago, we replaced our sink/faucet and simultaneously bought the matching shower fixture. It's been sitting in the box for a few years. We still have to buy the required toto pressure valve.
http://www.faucetdepot.com/prod/TS75...rome-15050.asp (***We have this model, but WITHOUT the diverter... the diverter-portion (without showerhead) is available for purchase separately for under $70. )

My beginner's question is this: If we buy the diverter, can we install this fixture along with a ceiling-mounted rain shower head? Would we be restricted to buying a Toto rain shower head?

I'm trying to look up this info on the net but oddly, all shower system stuff seems to be matched components (same brand / line). I can't find any guidance on utilizing pre-existing stuff and combining components from different companies.

Ideally, I'd like to use the wall showerhead we already own along with a kohler water tile ceiling fixture
http://www.us.kohler.com/onlinecatal...?prod_num=8030 The water tiles are ideal because they're flush with the ceiling... our shower ceiling is 7' and my husband is 6'3" which doesn't allow for much clearance. (An unfinished attic is above the shower ceiling, so what's going on in the ceiling is not really an issue.)

thanks so much for your help!

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the shower valve has no idea what shower head you have so in my experience it will work fine and i love those kohler ceiling shower tile heads just make sure they do not freeze with attic above them getting to cold in winter

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that's awesome news. Thanks!!!

I just wanted to make sure that different brands weren't designed for different water pressures or something weird like that. (Especially since every shower I saw online had one brand of fixtures)

While I'm very excited by this project... I'm also a bit scared of the bill. Very $$$... especially after the door, tiles, shower pan... yikes. But I'm not going to compromise on the water tiles. looks too comfy and tempting

oh, and the attic has a giant fluffy layer of R50.... (our itchy DIY from a year or 2 ago).... so the pipes will be super comfy and cozy... Very good point, though.
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Pitch that shower pipe so that it drains out when the shower is turned off---
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what shower pipe? please elaborate
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what shower pipe? please elaborate
the pipe supplying the shower head- pitch it so it drains after the valve is turned off- helps to eliminate freezing
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oooh. Got it. Thanks.... I definitely wouldn't have thought of that on my own

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