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BDPNA 01-10-2007 07:37 PM

Installing a New shower facuet...
Another new frontier for me - I am installing a new shower facuet. The shower head was no problem at all. It's a Delta. The shower is a freestanding (no tub outlet). The house is fairly new (6 years old) and the previous shower dial is installed through a fiberglass corner shower unit and into the wall. I have no access to the wall from behind (no access panel). Will this even be possible to make all the connections or would the entire shower fiberglass unit need removed as well?

Thanks for any advice...I'm just not going to take it all apart until I know what I'm in for. ;)


amazinlittledevil 01-10-2007 07:42 PM

You need to remove the shower unit, or figure out a way to get access from the back. I have never heard of a way to make the connections without access.

Bonus 01-10-2007 07:56 PM

Take the trim off around the handle and let us know what you see...

BDPNA 01-11-2007 07:24 AM

I will certainly do that. Watch this space. ;) Thanks! I'm hoping I don't have to take out the entire shower -- If that's the case, I doubt I'll do it. I can't believe my builder didn't put in access panels anywhere.

KUIPORNG 01-11-2007 10:15 AM

I just built my shower unit in the basement... The shower unit should be able to take out without damaging it in theory: it depends on whether your shower wall has attached to the shower base (you can check this by sliding a thin piece of metal between the intersection of the base and the wall, if the piece can slide through without obstacles, then it is not attached)... if it does not, then it is very easy to take out, if not you can still take it out but going through this process:
first you need to take out the drainage cap, then the drainage ring... this is a hard part because the ring suppose to hammer onto the drain pipe hard, if you can take it out, you should be no problem uninstalling the unit... you probably need a replacement part for the ring as once take out, it probably damaged, but the replacement part should be able to find from the plumbing store or manufacturer of your shower unit.....

if your wall does not attached to the base, you only need to do this:

once that is done, there should be screws on the top edge of your shower unit's wall which you can unscrews, then you need to take out the door assembly... then you can unscrew the side edge on the two walls... after that your unit is free to go....

I don't think you can replace the facuet by opening up the cap alone, no matter how big the hole it is, you are talking about soldering, ...changing a large part...etc. there is no way it can be done with the shower unit's wall still there...

If all this is not possible, then it could be: retain the base, but destroy the two walls, then tile on the walls, you should be able to retain the doors as well... you need to make sure when you destroy the walls, you don't damage the base.... this shouldn't be too hard...

BDPNA 01-11-2007 05:43 PM

Thanks for the detailed reply! Sounds like it's definitely more than I bargained for when I bought the thing since I am just an amateur handyman. I liked the idea of a scald-guard faucet and the cool look, but without an access panel, replacing a faucet sure looks a lot tougher than plug and play with all the propane and soldering and what-not. Not sure what I'm gonna do.

I may at least do the metal sheet test to see. The shower is a very basic plastic one, stand-up without a door. Just one big piece that slid right in there. I know there's a bead of caulk around the top and at the entrance, no idea how else it's held to the wall other than that. Probably stuck on there pretty good I would guess, somehow. Just not sure I want to rip out my entire shower just to install a new facuet when it's mostly for looks.


KUIPORNG 01-12-2007 08:16 AM

if you rid out your entire shower, you probably facing drywall with some wood support nail on top, which you also need to rid out to gain access to the plumbing... you need to do some drywall replacing and mudding as well... if your facet is not mal-function, for sure it is not worthwhile for replacing, but if it is mal function to a point which cannot be fixed by chaning the inside core part (which can be done by just opening the front lid) then you have no choice... sounds like you are not at that situation anyway....

BDPNA 01-17-2007 10:56 PM

Sure does sound like a big job for a faucet that's working fine. Good to know before I took the facuet off. And here I thought it would just be unhook old faucet, hook in new faucet. Definitely a bit too much for me to do for nothing more than looks (and pressure balancing). Oh well! Off to ebay it goes...

KUIPORNG 01-18-2007 08:23 AM

too bad I installed mine already, could have bidded for it....

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