Use a special cover plate to replace a leaky, old two-handle shower valve with a new scald-proof one-handle valve without tearing out tile or the wall. This is a challenging project.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:June 2005
Unscrew the old handles. Mark the
cover hole on the tile and cut it out
with an abrasive blade in a jigsaw.
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
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
You'll also need an abrasive blade for your jigsaw to cut the tile.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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