Asked on Jul 9, 2020

How do I upgrade my tub faucet?

Lindsay AratariDeb KSharon
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I have a soaker that only has the tub faucet but no shower head. If I want to put in something like this, I will most likely need to set up a new line. Any help is appreciated.


Kingston Double Handle Wall Mounted Clawfoot Tub Faucet Trim with Diverter and Handshower


https://www.wayfair.com/home-improvement/pdp/kingston-brass-kingston-double-handle-wall-mounted-clawfoot-tub-faucet-trim-with-diverter-and-handshower-kbbb1657.html

This is the faucet I would like to put in.

Trying to get rid of this set up and instead install the faucet in the other photo.

13 answers
  • Redcatcec
    on Jul 9, 2020

    Do you have a photo to share?

  • Seth
    on Jul 13, 2020

    Claud,

    What is behind the wall where your existing tub faucet is? If it is not tiled, you can cut an opening in the drywall in order to do the necessary plumbing from the back and then repair the drywall. You already have an existing hot and cold water line going into your single handle faucet. It could be converted into separate lines coming through the wall by changing the valve behind the wall. But, you are going to have another issue. That single handle faucet will leave a large hole in the wall. You would need a large cover plate or re-tile that spot to hide the hole. You could also get to it from the front, but it would be a lot of work as well. Cut an opening large enough to do the plumbing work, install new cement backerboard, retile with a complimentary color or design, and install new faucet. Or, abandon the new faucet you want. If you are opening up walls, you can put in a full height shower head using PEX instead of copper.

  • Cheryl A
    on Jul 13, 2020
  • GrandmasHouseDIY
    on Jul 13, 2020

    Hi Claud, I don't see why you would need to change any of the plumbing for that specific faucet. You should just be able to remove the old faucet and replace it with that one.

  • William
    on Jul 13, 2020

    Seth is correct. You would need to open up the wall either from the front or back of the existing faucet. Turn off main water. Remove the faucet valve and run separate hot and cold water lines to match the newer faucet connections. Repair the wall. Install the new faucet. A lot of work but can be done.

  • Cynthia H
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Ours doesn't come through the wall, but, comes out of the floor for our soaker tub. But, the pipes (other than being the same bronze as the faucet and pretty to look at) are the same hot water, cold water setup. I love the attachment for rinsing my hair or rinsing out the tub, but, not really great for a shower. We actually have a separate shower. You will love the faucet with the hand held attachment, but, if the goal is a shower, you are better off having an actual shower head. We don't have a waterproof wall next to our soaker tub, so if you don't have tile, you are going to need something waterproof for use as a shower and something like a shower curtain to keep the water in the tub. Hope it all works for you! Good luck and stay safe!

  • Simple Nature Decor
    on Jul 14, 2020

    I have the same faucet on my tub, I used a plumber because I had some issues doing it myself.

  • Flipturn
    on Jul 14, 2020

    Hi Claud,

    There are many styles of soaker tubs and how their plumbing connections can be accessed may also vary.


    Is the picture you posted what you are starting with now or is it a picture of the faucet set that you wish to have? Are the faucet and control handles on your soaker tub presently mounted on the side of the tub or on the wall?

  • Morgan McBride
    on Jul 15, 2020

    I would definitely hire this out to a plumber

  • Sharon
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Amazon has a good selection of claw foot tub faucet n shower kits, I would contact the company and make sure it works with the brand of your tub. I have done many of these in my early years of living in NYC apartments. You will also need the hoop and a 360 degree shower curtain to prevent it getting wet behind the tub.

  • Deb K
    on Jul 15, 2020

    Hi Claud, I don't see a lot for going from one tap to two, but I hope this helps you out

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjLG2UjGyoU

  • Lindsay Aratari
    on Jul 29, 2020

    Have you tried calling a plumber?

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