How to Install a Shower Mixing Valve

How to Install a Shower Mixing Valve

When you have to replace the shower mixing valve will be a bit tougher than just replacing a faucet because this part of the shower is behind the wall. If you have a tiled wall this will require you to remove the tile from the wall and then replace it once you are finished.

If you are adding a bathroom or remodeling remember to add a access panel this will prevent you from having to remove and replace your tile, if you don’t have a access panel then unfortunately you will have to create one by breaking through the wall.

Brizo shower

Here are the steps you will need to take to make:

  1. Always remember to turn off the water. If you have traditional plumbing, you will need to shut the water to the whole house. Turning it off just to the shower might not work depending on where your shower mixing valve is located.
  2. Remove the shower faucet handle and pry the escutcheon plate from the wall. If your new valve includes a showerhead, use adjustable pliers to remove the old shower arm; you will need to turn it counterclockwise.
  3. At this point, you will need to get into the access panel to gain access to the shower valve. If you have a closet or bedroom wall adjoining the shower you might be able to locate the panel on that wall; if you don’t have a panel but do have the wall adjoining the shower you can save your tile but cut into the wall and create a panel.
  4. Cut the pipes attached to the old valve making the cuts 6 inches from where it is attached to the faucet. If the pipes come up from the floor, bend 90 degrees and connect horizontally to the valve, cut 6 inches below the elbows. Remember to cut the pipe leading to the showerhead.
  5. Remove the hardware that holds the old valve in place. Prepare the pipes for the new valve by soldering a 1/2-inch copper coupler onto each of the pipes. Prepare the new valve by attaching the brass sweat adapter to each water port and the outlet for the showerhead. Don’t forget to wrap plumbing tape around each adapter before you attach it, tighten with a wrench.
  6. Replace the hardware to secure the valve making sure to leave enough space from the front wall for the trim. Your instruction manual will have the proper distance. Once secure, test to make sure the trim fits. to avoid damaging the cartridge remove it from the valve when soldering the connections.
  7. Cut another 1/2-inch copper pipe, and attach it to the proper fittings that will connect the valve to the installed couplings. Before you solder it all together make sure you dry-fit everything to verify it fits, spread your flux on each joint and solder it with lead-free solder.
  8. After you have completed this install the cartridge, after checking all the connections turn on the water and look for leaks. Now that you verified there are no leaks close the wall up and install the shower escutcheon, handle, and showerhead.

Make sure you check with your local building department you might need a permit, check local codes to verify if your new valve needs to balance water pressure and limit temperature to prevent scalding. With all that down now you can sit back and relax at a job well done!

Decorate your Bathroom with Chrome

Decorate your Bathroom with Chrome

When designing, remodeling, or updating your bathroom, you’ll find that as you gather your ideas, a trend will emerge in what you are most interested in. If you are going for a sleek, modern look, you’ll find chrome accessories that suit your style. The same is true if you are looking for a more nostalgic or old-style look. You’ll also find lovely extras such as vanity chairs, lotion dispensers, glass canisters, and many other items with chrome trim that you can further decorate with. 

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Save With These Energy Tips

Save With These Energy Tips

With the rising cost of energy, we are always looking for ways to save both energy and money. When purchasing our appliances, central units, and water heaters we look at the energy labels, we add more insulation to our homes during remodels or a new build because every little bit counts. But did you know there are little things that you can do to help reduce your energy bill and save money throughout the year?

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Planning Your New Bathtub

Planning Your New Bathtub

Buying a bathtub may seem easy. It may seem a no-brainer- just pick a color, choose the size and shape, and you’ll be walking out of the store with a designer bathtub. But this is not always the case. Know what you are looking for before making that purchase. At PlumbTile, our online Bath and Tile Design Showroom, you will be presented with a variety of products that will go well with your bathroom requirements. The site will help you consider different options, and not limit you to just the shape or color of tubs.

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Easy Steps to Install Your New Sink

Easy Steps to Install Your New Sink

Your shiny new bathroom sink, along with a new faucet and countertop, will jazz up your bathroom design as much as new flooring and accessories, and for a lot less money. Before you start the installation process though, make sure you have all the measurements you need to connect the sink to the drain including the inside the pipe fittings and how much space there is underneath your sink.

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It is Time to Replace Your Faucet

It is Time to Replace Your Faucet

Is it time to replace a faucet in your kitchen or bathroom?  While some people may think that it is a challenge replacing a leaky or outdated faucet isn’t always as difficult as you may think. You can easily tackle the project with a basin wrench and a few other common tools. Usually, it will only take about an hour. The same steps will apply if you are installing a new faucet onto a new sink.

Newport Brass Kitchen Faucet

Removing the old faucet:

Step 1: Turn off the water supply. The valves are typically under the sink. If not, turn the water off at the main valve. Then turn on the faucet to relieve any water pressure left in the lines.

Step 2: Disconnect the supply lines from the faucet. Use a basin wrench if you can’t reach the connections with your hands.

Step 3: Disconnect the lift rod, and then remove the nuts from under the faucet.

Remove the drain:

Step 4: Unscrew the slip nut on the P-trap. Put a bucket underneath to catch water in the trap.

Step 5: Disconnect the drain flange from the tailpiece. It should unscrew.

Step 6: Clean the old drain and faucet holes. Mineral spirits can help to remove old silicone sealant.

Install the New Faucet:

Step 7: Follow the manufacturer’s directions for specific installation instructions. Most installations begin with installing the gasket on the bottom of the faucet. Some require sealant of plumber’s putty. Then put the faucet through the mounting holes in the sink and tighten the mounting nuts.

Step 8: Not all faucets come preassembled, so you may have to attach the handles. It is relatively easy. Slip the guide ring onto the bottom of the handle, position it on the faucet base, and secure with the setscrew. A setscrew is a tiny screw on the underside of the handle. Your faucet probably came with a hex wrench to tighten it.

Step 9: Next move onto the drain. Screw the nut all the way down on the drain body and push the gasket over it. Some gaskets are threaded and simply screw into place.

Step 10: Apply just a little bit of silicone under the flange. Position the drain body on the bottom of the sink- making sure the pivot hole is facing the back- and screw the flange on from the top side.

Step 11: Underneath, tighten the nut and gasket. On the top, use mineral spirits to clean up excess silicone.

Step 12: Install the drain rod next. Unscrew the pivot nut on the drain body, insert the horizontal rod through the hole in the stopper, and replace the nut. Push the horizontal rod down and secure the lift rod to the strap with the screw. Test the lift rod.

Step 13: Reconnect the supply lines to the faucet. If your sink is already in place, use a basin wrench to reach the faucet shanks.

Step 14: Flush the faucet by removing the aerator. This gets rid of debris or sediment in the faucet. Some faucets include a handy little tool to unscrew the aerator. When you’re done, keep it inside your vanity or with the rest of your tools. Turn on the hot and cold water for about a minute. Check all of the connections for leaks and retighten if necessary. Screw the aerator back on and you are done.

If you are in the market for a new kitchen or bathroom faucet, contact us at Plumbtile and we can help you pick from many options of quality kitchen and bathroom faucets for your home.

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Duravit Ketho Series

Unlike an en suite, the family bathroom must meet the needs of every generation, from Mom and Dad to teenagers and toddlers.  That’s a lot to cope with, while still being a guest-friendly atmosphere.  These tips will help you make the most of your space. Continue reading →