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blackws6ta 12-15-2011 01:12 PM

shower valve.
Hey guys. My wife and I just bought our first house and about two weeks ago the push button on the shower valve that diverts water from the spout up to the shower head broke. The back side is corroded and the spring shot it out into the tub. We redid the paint and fixtures and this gave us a reason to put a new shower set in. We found a month that we like and then watched how to install it. I have two questions.
1) can I installed shut off valve in the access panel so the whole system doesn't have to be shut off if this happens again?

2) I haven't soldered copper pipe before. Is it allowable to do copper to pex to install the shower valve? What is the estate way for a diy'er?

I'm a mechanic and therefore am mechanically inclined, but just not when it's related to the house. Any help/input/suggestions would be great.


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ben's plumbing 12-15-2011 02:04 PM

yes you should install shut off valves.....they have compression valves and adapters to go from copper to pex.if you are a mechanic no problem for you even if not...maybe alittle can do it.....ben

blackws6ta 12-15-2011 03:23 PM

Thanks. Will the line that runs up to the shower head just come out with the assembly?

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ben's plumbing 12-15-2011 06:47 PM

no it will not has a lug ell fastened to a 2x4 to support shower arm...should be able to cut it off in access door where you are going to put will help...

blackws6ta 12-16-2011 10:20 AM

I didn't have a chance to get. Pictures last night. But when I looked at it prior to this. There's is a valve and it has lines coming in like a plus sign. Water Supply is on left and right shower head is up and spout is on bottom. So I am going to cut the two supplies and the one going up to the shower head correct? The lower "spout" line will come out with the valve correct? I don't know how the new ones come packaged so I think I'm having a rough time visualizing it. Then just adapt to pex and put in shutoff valves then go to shower valve and test for leaks. Thanks again in advance.

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ratherbefishing 12-16-2011 01:39 PM

Soldering pipe isn't that hard. In fact I think it's kinda fun. It's a good skill to have as a mechanic, too, for when the molded heater hose you need is out of stock. Buy a good Mapp torch (yellow tank) and practice a on a few scraps and fittings.

As a new homeowner, you'll get to do it again, too.

TheEplumber 12-16-2011 03:29 PM

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Do not run pex to the tub spout. It creates too much restriction and causes your shower head to dribble.

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