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boogie81 03-25-2013 04:11 PM

Shower plumbing access necessary?
My wife and I are planning on renovating our small master bathroom and I've realized there is no access to the plumbing behind the existing shower. The lines are located behind a shower liner in the adjacent guest shower, so getting to them would require removing the wall liner in that bathroom, too. I'm not sure if that might be an easy removal and re-install but I am guessing not. Since we are tearing out the existing fiberglass shower in the master, would the lack of access be a problem for this project? I can see the lack of plumbing access would be a longterm problem since once we tile the new shower again have no access, and concerns me since due to any new connections going in now that might fail.

We intended on starting this as diy, and calling in a contractor if needed. Any insight would be appreciated.

joecaption 03-25-2013 04:20 PM

It's never a good idea to have back to back showers with no access like that.
No way to replace the control valves with out busting out the tile and to fix something as simple as a drain leak.
Just look at this from the person that has to come in and try to fix things.

jaydevries 03-25-2013 05:47 PM

back to back with no access is done all the time.
use a good quality valve body like delta or moen.
yes in 20 to 50 years later when you remodel bath again you will have to tear out wall to update plumbing :jester:(unless by then they have a water less shower to conserve water event more since we will be using all the water for fuel in cars):whistling2:

oh'mike 03-25-2013 06:03 PM

All good mixers are rebuildable from the shower --buy a good brand,as Jay mentioned---

I've never made an access panel---done with good parts,there is no need.

Alan 03-25-2013 09:02 PM

I always prefer to put a valve where it will be accessible from outside the shower someday if needed. If that isn't possible, then a quality name brand valve that you expect will be around for many years is the best route to take. Eventually they will stop making parts for it, but probably not in your lifetime.

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