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Old 06-13-2009, 10:54 PM   #1
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Roman tub faucet, no access, can it be done? HOW?


Hello,

I recently had a single control faucet break on my roman tub in my master bathroom. It is a single hole setup. Hot and cold lines come into the faucet via flex hose. Looks like the builder assembled the tub hardware before finishing building the home. The reason I say this is because there is NO ACCESS TO BE FOUND. On the other side of the wall there is a drop in shower-tub unit. I thought about coming through the crawlspace, but the main air duct is run RIGHT under this spot. I had a plumber come over and he actually laughed at my situation. He said he canít think of how it can be fixed, but that it would involve two plumbers and cost over $500!!!

My wife is pregnant and would really love to use this tub during her pregnancy. I can pull on the faucet enough to see the connections. Where would I find a faucet replacement like this? Would LOWES have something like this? I figure I am going to have to do this own my own since it is so ridiculously expensive to do. What would all you pros do? There are some smart people on this site; I know ya'll have run into something like this before. I live in Athens, AL and would like to know of any GOOD plumbers in the area that might have a cheaper rate and better ideas.

Thank you so much,

Athens, ALABAMA
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:41 AM   #2
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Your best solution for this will require a little bit of cutting. There are acess doors made that can be used to cover openings cut in walls. These can also be used on the tub. You can fnd them at Lowes. Pick one up and use it to cover the hole you will need to cut in the side of your tub to replace that fixture. Do that before you cut the hole so you what size to cut your hole. Use clear silicone to seal the door to the side of the tub. Take your time and cut shallow so as to avoid cutting a water line. Good Luck and congradulations on the baby

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i wonder if you can't just fix what you have there and not have to tear into anything? HOW is it broken?

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What is on the other side of the wall. Can you cut access hole there or from underneath ?
If not the what 1957 said.
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:49 PM   #5
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You should be able to rebuild the faucet you have. If lowe's, home depot, ect. doesn't carry the parts i would look in your area for a kitchen bath shop and see if they can find the parts. You could also look online for replacement parts
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Hey again, thanks for replies!

The faucet handle broke off one evening. It broke a while back and I think the handle got thrown away. I found a replacement here: http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/P...57936/Cat/1082

Does this look like it would be a good replacement? Might try and replace it without cutting into anything, just from top side. My only worry is getting it fastened down securely. How are these normally fastened down?

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normally they're tightened from below onto a watertight gasket. maybe they did not install one (gasket) or that's not the correct fitting for that opening? or it deteriorated away?
it's just that i see a hole where i should not.
does that one wiggle around easily?
because of your unique situation, it may be necessary to find another means to secure the replacement if you do not wish to open it up like a can of sardines.....

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The faucet needs to be tightened from below. You might want to reconsider the faucet. There are single-handle roman tub faucets on the same website you referenced. The Price-Pfister RT6-AMC will look better, but you are still stuck with your access problem
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how handy are you, and what tools do you have at your disposal? i have an idea that would work out and still look ok.

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