Shower valve replacement...without ruining the tile
1 of 2
Photo 1: Remove the old
Unscrew the old handles. Mark the
cover hole on the tile and cut it out
with an abrasive blade in a jigsaw.
2 of 2
Photo 2: Install the new valve
Cut the pipes and remove the old
valve. Solder in a new one and screw
the conversion plate over the hole.
If your old two-handled shower valve is worn out or leaks, don't despair. You don't have to tear open the tile wall to replace it. The best way to replace it is with a conversion
plate. The plate covers the old
valve holes and you do the entire job
through the hole you cut in the tile.
Buy a plate that fits your
new faucet and is wide enough to
cover the old valve positions. To find a
conversion plate, call a plumbing supply
store or order online.
This is a challenging project. You may
find loose tiles, rusted pipe and other