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Old 12-31-2015, 06:19 PM   #1
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Installing a shower from unused laundry hookup


We have a basement bathroom that has a tub with no shower. The wall that I am thinking of installing the shower on is unfinished on the other side (it was once a garage). There is an unused laundry hookup nearby on the unfinished side. Would it be fairly simple to route the hot and cold water from the laundry hookup through the wall and then attach the shower head and control on the other side? After spending the holidays trying to juggle showers for 4 adults with one shower, I'm ready to take matters into my own hands!
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:20 PM   #2
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Need a lot more information. It could be easy it could be a nightmare. It's probably not to bad to get the waters over. How are you planning on doing the drain? Are you going to do a full bath or just a shower?
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Old 12-31-2015, 07:35 PM   #3
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There's already a tub there, so no need to do any drains. It would just be installing a shower head from the laundry hookup rather than try to tie in to the existing tub water lines.
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pictures would help us...may be much eaiser to tap tub supply lines..and maybe it was set for shower but capped off????
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Here are photos of the finished side and unfinished side of the bathroom wall. I would take down the ugly blue tile and towel racks, and install the shower head and controls on that wall, then retile to the ceiling. The washer and dryer hookup is off by about a foot or so from where I'd like to install the shower head.
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yep go for it....but remember that set up you have is not designed for a shower... it will collect a lot of water ...
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What would be the problem with installing a shower? I know putting a shower in a jetted tub is a little weird, but it wouldn't be used very often, just when guests stay and we all need to take showers in the morning.

If I install a full oval shower curtain around the tub to prevent water from pooling on top of the horizontal tile surfaces, I'm hoping it will help.

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Your tub is a deck mount---which will be a big leaker when shower water lands on the deck and goes under the lip of the tub---

If you do add that new shower mixer you will need a circular shower curtain ring to keep the water confined to the tub.

--NOW---to your question

Yep, tap into the waterlines from the laundry room---by far the easiest way to pipe that, in my estimation.
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you will have water splashing all over out side the raised tub lip. Where will that water go?
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Thanks so much! Glad to see that at least we have that as an option!
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Just add a diverter valve and a shower arm to the existing tub valve.
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There's already a tub there, so no need to do any drains. It would just be installing a shower head from the laundry hookup rather than try to tie in to the existing tub water lines.
I was thinking laundry tub. I was picturing somthing completly differsnt lol. That will work. You just have to find a way to keep water off the deck and keep it looking decent.
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Not only do need to keep the water off the deck,you need to keep of the walls as well. A circular shower rod around the tub will help with that.

Of course the cheap way is do like we do when visiting our families with one bathrooms , stagger the showers and those who need to spend half an hour primping after the shower, do it in some room other than the bathroom. Works well for our family.
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Personally I would trade you my extra shower, that no one uses, for a whirlpool tub any day of the week. And maybe just add a hand wand.
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