Source for shower valves
Does anyone make a simple utility type valve (for hot and cold water) that I can mount
on a wall behind a shower stall? Looking for metal, not plastic.
All the rough-in valves I can find are far too expensive for what I want to do.
Don't know where you're located, but your local big box hardware store should fit the bill.
You should be able to get individual inline valves at Home Depot for under 10 bucks apiece. A drawback is that none of them are likely to be designed for daily operation. Local building codes may have a thing or two to say about what you can do. Are you handy with plumbing?
I am trying to find two valves that I can connect directly to the shower arm. I don't need a
Something that operates like a bath fixture instead of a shut off valve (easier turning and not
multi-turn) would be preferable.
I could also use a surface mount elbow to make a rough-in valve if I can find a suitable valve body type
with a decent operating action.
Not sure about the local codes. It's basically a repair, not a new installation. Not sure how it would apply.
I think you're going to have a hard time finding that without a shower riser. Here's a lever-style exposed fixture, complete--$140 shipped:
Here's a two-handle fixture, with 1/4 turn faucets--$180 shipped:
Maybe not the cheapest solution, but the headaches avoided--and serviceability--might offset the price.
for the spacing and height. Looks like the shower head arm would be running
up and over the wall of the stall though. My main reason for wanting all separate
components is that the stall has valve and shower arm holes in it already.
I just found a brass valve assembly (one piece construction, hot and cold inlets,
shower outlet. About $35 shipped. Plumbing the shower onto it would be no problem
at all. And I have all those parts. So that could be a possibility.
Only concern is that it doesn't fail under pressure. The plastic assembly that it
is replacing is made from 3 pieces cemented together. It was a delicate balance
between getting the connectors tight enough to not leak, and loose enough to not
break the thing.
It's just that I don't need industrial quality, or gold or titanium finish.
Maybe a couple of quarter turn valves?
Might look a bit funny sticking out of a shower wall, but it would give you freedom in mounting them.
Good luck mixing hot and cold though.
Also, cheap and metal are two words you will be hard pressed to find in the same description of most any valve these days.
Can you post a pic of what you have now?
Do you mean ball valves? That's an idea too.
The plastic one is similar to these, but without the extra shower hose outlet on top:
The one I am considering is this one:
I would go to the local plumbing supply store and ask a counter person.
If the Mueller valve would work for you it looks solid enough. I've got an old bathroom we are about to rehab and I'm kinda in the market for a behind the wall shower set up. I'm all about utility over style, but wifey gets final say on the house since I'm happy with whatever. I just hate to spend big bucks for a water delivery system that I could do for less than half of what I'm sure she'll wind up spending, but it makes me happy to see her happy so I just grin and say "yes dear".
I decided to try this one (same one as in my post above):
It just arrived and seems perfect. One solid piece of heavy brass with brass stems and valve parts.
It's even designed for top or bottom water supply.
Then I ran across the one above before searching around locally any further.
Plus no one seemed to have any suggestions besides Lowes.
I have in use are multiturn. They look identical.
You can buy a new Fender bass for the price of some of those shower valve sets.
Thanks for the heads up. I book marked that valve for future reference.
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