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Old 05-05-2012, 08:43 PM   #1
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I have come across a new construction shower. Currently installed is a tub shower valve. The tub port is diverted to a seperate hand held. With no diverter valve they can not operate independently. Is there an easy fix. I have access to all the plumbing.???

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No make, no model#, no picture, not sure how anyones going to be able to help much.

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You are right. Too much restriction through the handheld on the tub port will cause the showerhead to drip at the very least when the handheld is being used.

The easy and cheap way to do it would be to install one of these on the shower arm and the handheld after the trim is installed : http://www.plumbsource.net/product/1..._campaign=1168

That way when you want to use one you just shut the other one off.


I can't really give you any other advice without knowing what valve is installed there now.
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It is a simple Tub/Shower Valve body. Instead of using a tub faucet, I ran 6 foot of copper to a hand held shower head. Is there a simple way to have both shower heads run indepenantely. Both showers run at same time. Can not shut off main shower head to just run hand held.
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You can install a diverter on the showerhead nipple that has valves to control flow to a showerhead or a handheld. Most hardware stores or big box stores will carry them.
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There are hanheld showers with a "pause" feature (an internal shut-off).
That may be more what you are looking for. I know a company named Alsons make one.
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It is a simple Tub/Shower Valve body. Instead of using a tub faucet, I ran 6 foot of copper to a hand held shower head. Is there a simple way to have both shower heads run indepenantely. Both showers run at same time. Can not shut off main shower head to just run hand held.
Well then the simple way is exactly what i posted above.

Depending on the brand of valve that you have, you may be able to get in wall valves that match your trim to make the shower a little fancier, but it will cost more $$$.

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