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I am a simple DIY person. I am needing to replace a bathtub faucet in my front bathroom.

I know how to do it. My problem is finding good materials to work with.

The faucet is a single operating faucet/shower. Offset. 8 inch. The original faucet lasted almost 20 years. If finally gave up the ghost and started leaking.

I went to my local hardware store and purchased a replacement. I know Mobile homes have their own design. Yeah, that sux big time. But I have no choice.

The first faucet lasted 1 days. Another trip to the store. The second one lasted 3 days. My next visit was to a different store. That one lasted 3 days. After 4 faucets and visits to 7 different hardware stores, I kept finding the same junk brand as all the rest.

My question to everyone. Where can I find a METAL replacement faucet? Or at least a better made faucet. I have talked to 3 contractors and none want a job to replace the faucet. They will do a total make over and put in a complete new bathtub with the works.

The mobile home is over 20 years old. It is not worth putting that kind of money into it.

Again, back to my question. Does anyone know where I can purchase a fully METAL faucet? Or maybe even a rework kit that I can put metal parts into the plastic faucets.

Please help. My water bill is getting out of hand. Double the water when I used the front bathtub because double the water comes out.
 

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Normally you can use conventional faucets in MHs. It might require an adapter but that is how I'd go. IMO MH parts cost too much and are too cheaply built.
 

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I am a simple DIY person. I am needing to replace a bathtub faucet in my front bathroom.

I know how to do it. My problem is finding good materials to work with.

The faucet is a single operating faucet/shower. Offset. 8 inch. The original faucet lasted almost 20 years. If finally gave up the ghost and started leaking.

How about something like this:
https://mobilehomepartsstore.com/parts/103408.html
 

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Thanks everyone for the posts. Have already checked with Mobile home parts store. All they have are the ones made of plastic.



And as far as using conventional supplies. I have looked into that route. That was the first thing I looked at. I have looked at dozens of different metal faucets and if I don't get a faucet just like what is there, I would have to tear a whole wall out and completely redo the plumbing.

Not sure how much you know about mobile homes so let me explain a little of what I am looking at. And please excuse me if you already know. Not many contractors want anything to do with working on a mobile home.

The mobile home faucet has the diverter built right in and you pull up on a button to send the water to the shower. All three lines meet at the bathtub/faucet.

If I go conventional, I would have to install a "separate" shower knob by cutting a hole in the wall. Placing supports inside the wall. And in that, it means I would have to re-plumb the shower. Not in the budget. At this time anyway.
 

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You may have already explored this, but cutting a hole in the adjacent wall behind the shower valve would allow any modification you need to do, and just patch it up and paint it back to original. Just a thought.
 

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A pic might be helpful. I've lived in several MHs and my house is built around an older MH. I've always done my own repairs although plumbing has always been my least favorite job.


What is on the other side of that wall? It's not usually a big deal to open up that wall and adjust the MH plumbing to accept conventional plumbing. Years ago I bought a plastic faucet - they are only temporary!
 

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@JWS2019, sorry to hear of your troubles.

I've got a bit of a soft spot in my flinty heart for that type of thing.

Decades ago, I worked in a store that used to sell MH plumbing stuff, and it was modified versions of the "regular" plumbing in a house. Expensive, but mostly worth it.

So sorry to hear of the bad state of affairs you describe. The information you provide will likely help someone else down the road, though I understand and respect that you want to get your problem fixed pronto.

If you don't want to do modifications, maybe look at some of the links below.

https://www.mobilehomepartsdepot.com/mobile-home-plumbing-s/1862.htm

https://www.danco.com/mobile-homerv/


https://www.starsupplyusa.com/


https://www.completemobilehomesupply.com/Plumbing_Supplies_s/8.htm

https://mobilehomeliving.org/plumbing-in-manufactured-homes-the-basics/

Hope this helps.

Let us know.
 
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