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vcheez 10-16-2011 03:07 AM

Replacing 2 handle faucet with single handle faucet
 
I started a post in this forum a couple of weeks ago when I began my repipe job. I posted a question about using PVC or copper for my main and I received great feedback. Now we are fitting up the bathrooms and I'm not happy with the look and performance of the 2 handle faucet. I think the problem is that I got a non-popular brand. It's Aquasource which happens to be Lowe's brand that supposedly uses Delta parts. I'm using a couple of moonlighting commercial plumbers and after they installed it, they said I should have went with a single handle newer style and better brand name faucet. I chose the 2 handle faucet to match what was there already. My bathroom was last restored in the mid 1940's. Since we have the historic home, we don't want to bust up the bathroom tile. I'm just wondering if anyone has an idea about how to convert the 2 handle faucet to the single hole set up. I saw a large coverplate at Home Depot that looks like it would work. I would need to lower my spouts so I will need to drill a hole int he tile so that I'm afraid that I will bust it. I guess I just want to hear a couple of ideas of how i could convert the faucet from 2-handle to single handle and how to drill a 3/4" hole in the tile without cracking it. Also if anyone could chime in on a reliable brand that has metal parts. I saw a lot of plastic inside of the valves and they look like they could just be twisted off and broken by some clumsy strong handed person

This is what I want to replace
http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/d...ipeday3022.jpg


Thanks in advance, VC

oh'mike 10-16-2011 06:26 AM

Tile first----that tile you have is soft bisque backed stuff---

Very easy to drill using a carbide or Diamond hole saw.It's only a little harder than plaster.
Carbide jigsaw blades will cut it nicely.

Moen--Delta--Kohler--Those brands --in that order---

Moen is easiest to install and easiest to change the cartridge--

Delta --install moderately difficult--adjustments confusing but you will figure it out--cartridge replacement simple
Tub spout requires soldering a collar on the stub out.

Kohler--standard install--cartridge replacement a pain in the butt--

Mark Potter 10-16-2011 07:46 AM

It's not the handles that are low it's the tub spout that is high looks like to me.
You have access to back wall?
So this body is new and you want to convert to single handle?...
Do you have or checked to make shore you can get the same tiles?

vcheez 10-17-2011 02:04 AM

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Originally Posted by Mark Potter (Post 749688)
It's not the handles that are low it's the tub spout that is high looks like to me.
You have access to back wall?
So this body is new and you want to convert to single handle?...
Do you have or checked to make shore you can get the same tiles?

I have access to the back wall. Why do you ask? I did install a new body but I'm willing to bite the bullet, rip it out and replace with new. I just don't want to mess with the tile. I just want to find some kind of nice plate that covers everything.

AlbacoreShuffle 10-17-2011 10:35 AM

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Looks like this cover plate will work for you.
http://www.faucetdepot.com/prod/Delt...rome-16627.asp

Alan 10-17-2011 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by vcheez (Post 750339)
I have access to the back wall. Why do you ask?

Because if you want a plate that covers everything you'll probably have to lower the tub spout a bit.

vcheez 10-19-2011 11:26 AM

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Originally Posted by AlbacoreShuffle (Post 750464)
Looks like this cover plate will work for you.
http://www.faucetdepot.com/prod/Delt...rome-16627.asp

Thanks for doing the research for me. I'm not sure If I will like the the way that looks.

With all that chrome, it might may shower look like the front end of a '57 Buick Roadmaster! :laughing:

I think for now I will probably just live with the new Aquasource faucet that I've installed. It did cost me $84 and if I rip it out and to install a new one its gonna cost me at least that much plus the cost of having my plumber do a redo.
I read some reviews about the product that I purchased online and saw a lot of negatives so I called them and ordered a couple of spare hot and cold cartridges. It was like pulling teeth trying to get the lady to sell me replacement parts. She only wanted to deal with me if I had a warranty concern. I told her I was just preparing for troubles ahead based on the product reviews.


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