The bathtub faucet is typically referred to as a bathtub spout or bathtub faucet assembly. It is typically a device installed to control the flow of water from the bathtub. Typically, the bathtub faucet assembly consists of a spout, a diverter, a valve, and other accessories such as a showerhead and/or hand shower.
The valve controls water flow and pressure, and the diverter directs the flow of water to the spout or showerhead. The assembly may also include a trim set that includes a decorative escutcheon and handles, which enhance the aesthetic of the faucet assembly.
What are parts of a bathtub called?
The parts of a bathtub include the apron, overflow pipe, drain/waste, faucet/controls, spout, waste lever, stopper/basket, handle, water stop and skirt. The apron is the area of the bathtub that is visible when installed.
The overflow pipe is connected to the drain and prevents bath water from overflowing the tub. The drain/waste is usually covered by a drain assembly and can be connected directly to the plumbing or a p-trap or waste line.
The faucet/controls are generally located on the end of the bathtub and provide a way to control and direct the flow of water. The spout is the pipe that facilitates water flow from the faucets and into the bathtub.
The waste lever is a lever that is used to open and close the drain. The stopper/basket is a device that deflects foreign objects from entering the drain. The handle is a part of the bathtub that is used to get in and out of the bathtub safely.
The water stop is a device that prevents water from flowing out of the bathtub when the drain is open. Lastly, the skirt covers the legs and supports of the bathtub for aesthetic purposes.
What are the different types of bathtub faucets?
Including centerset, widespread, wall-mount, and single-hole faucets. Centerset faucets are designed to have their handles and spout mounted on one base and fit bathrooms with three-hole faucet configurations.
Widespread faucets generally come in three pieces and are fit into faucet holes that are more than four inches apart, adding a more contemporary look to a bathroom space. Wall-mount faucets are also ideal for achieving a more modern bathroom look, as their spout and handles are mounted into the wall like a light switch.
Single-hole faucets are typically the most simple and economical of all bathtub faucets and are designed to fit one pre-drilled hole in the bathtub. Additionally, some bathtub faucets are designed with thermostatic or diverter valves and come with built in controls for various spray functions that make bathing a luxurious experience.
What is the round thing in the bathtub?
The round thing in the bathtub is most likely a drain cover. Drain covers are usually circular in shape and fit over the drain in the tub to prevent any objects or debris from going down the drain or getting stuck in it.
They can also help with preventing water from splashing out of the tub and onto the floor. In some cases, drain covers also serve as a stopper, allowing you to fill the tub with water and keep it from draining away until you’re ready to use it.
The shape and material of the cover can vary depending on the needs of the bathtub and the type of cover installed.
How do I know what type of tub spout I have?
Determining the type of tub spout you have can be done by looking at the existing spout and assessing for details. Generally, tub spouts come in three main types: diverter, non-diverter, and tub-shower wall-mounted.
To identify a diverter spout, look for a knob or lever that is located near the end of the spout. By pressing this, water is re-directed from the tub filler to the showerhead.
Non-diverter spouts have one opening, without any form of control knob near it. Simply look for one opening at the end of your spout and you have identified it as non-diverter.
Wall-mounted spouts are applied directly to the wall, either with a welded on flange, or a threaded nipple, secured with a flange nut on the backside. These tub-shower spouts typically double as both a bathtub filler as well as a diverter, and have a spout as well as hand-held showerhead.
Ideally, you should provide a photograph for your plumber to accurately identify the type of spout you have. If a photograph is not available, provide as many details as possible, such as the spout length, shape, and construction material.
What is the difference between a diverter and non diverter tub spout?
A diverter tub spout is a type of plumbing fixture that includes a lever or knob used to divert water from the spout either up to a shower head or down the spout. Diverters are commonly found in bathtubs with showers, while non-diverter tub spouts are typically only used in bathtubs without showers.
The difference between the two is that a diverter tub spout will allow the user to switch back and forth between using the spout only and using the spout with a shower head. A non-diverter tub spout typically will not have a lever or knob and will just allow water to flow down the spout, meaning that it can only be used for filling up the bathtub.
Can a bathtub faucet be replaced?
Yes, a bathtub faucet can be replaced. Replacing a bathtub faucet can be a do-it-yourself project if the existing faucet is similar in style and size to a new faucet. Even if an experienced professional is needed to complete the replacement, the actual process usually takes no more than an afternoon.
Preparation is the key to a successful replacement and this involves turning off the main water supply, draining the lines, removing the existing faucet, installing the new faucet, and finally testing for proper operation.
Depending on the difficulty of the installation, the amount of time required to complete the project can vary greatly.
Can I use sink faucet for a tub?
No, you should not use a sink faucet for a tub. While a sink faucet is designed to handle less water pressure than a tub faucet, the design of a sink faucet may increase the chances of leaking and/or backflow issues if used in a bathtub.
Tub faucets are also designed to direct the water stream further away from the faucet fixture and into the tub, while most sink faucets do not have this ability. As a result, if a sink faucet is used for a tub, the water pressure may be too low for the tub to fill and the water stream might miss the tub entirely.
Additionally, sink faucets are not typically built with a diverter valve which is necessary to divert the water from the spout to the showerhead, which is an important feature of most tub faucets and necessary for using a shower.
How do you replace a bathtub faucet?
To replace a bathtub faucet, you’ll need to first identify the type of faucet and the size of the faucet holes in the bathtub. To access the faucet, you may need to remove any attached tile or wall panels from around the bathtub.
Once exposed, you’ll then need to turn off the water valves underneath the sink. Place a bucket or bowl underneath the faucet to catch any drops of water and use an adjustable wrench to begin unscrewing the faucet’s mounting nuts.
You may need to use a basin wrench to get a better hold on the nut while unscrewing. Once removed, you can then slide the old faucet off of the pipes and discard it. Next, you’ll need to attach the new faucet of the same size to the wall with the mounting nuts provided.
Slide the new faucet onto the pipes and screw them in place with the wrench and secure with the nuts provided. Now, you can attach the faucet knobs or handles and then turn the water valves back on. Lastly, reattach the tile or wall panels around the bathtub.
Can you attach a hand held shower to a tub faucet?
Yes, it is possible to attach a hand held shower to a tub faucet. This can be done by purchasing an adapter piece that will attach the shower to the existing faucet. All you will need to do is remove the faucet head from the existing tub faucet and attach the adapter onto the same hot and cold water pipes.
It’s important to make sure of the proper connection for the hot and cold lines to ensure that the water temperature is correct when showering. Once the adapter is attached, you can then screw on the base of the hand held shower and secure it with the provided set screw.
To complete the installation, it may be necessary to also attach a separate hose to the shower head, depending on the type of hand held shower you have purchased. Most of these adapters will fit on most tub faucets and should provide a secure and reliable connection.
Can bathtub be converted to shower?
Yes, it is possible to convert a bathtub into a shower. This can be done by using a shower conversion kit. These kits can vary in complexity and installation, however they typically involve the installation of a shower floor, shower Head and a shower curtain.
The process usually requires removing the existing bathtub, caulking, sealing and then installing the conversion kit. The cost of the installation will depend on the type of conversion kit you choose, as well as the difficulty of the installation.
It is recommended to use a professional to do the installation for you in order to ensure that the job is done correctly and safely.
What is the average cost to convert a bathtub to a shower?
The average cost to convert a bathtub to a shower is approximately $1,000 to $5,000 depending on the specific materials and labor costs in your area. Labor is the biggest factor influencing cost, as it typically takes a skilled contractor a full day or two to convert the bathtub to a shower.
The cost includes removing the existing bathtub, reframing the space, installing a new shower base and waterproofing the shower walls. Additionally, new plumbing and showerhead installation, wall tile, and glass enclosure will add to the total expense.
Depending on the quality of the materials chosen, the project cost will vary significantly. Ultimately the actual cost may significantly increase or decrease from the average cost range given all of the variables involved.
Is it cheaper to do a tub shower or just shower?
The answer to this question ultimately depends on the size of the space, the type of products used, and the budget of the shopper. When it comes to cost, showers are usually cheaper than tub-showers, since they require fewer materials and may be easier to install.
However, if the space is smaller, a tub-shower may be more affordable. The best way to get a good idea of the cost is to speak with a contractor for a detailed quote. Consider the size and type of tile, as well as any additional features you might want, such as a niche or shower door.
Make sure to shop around and consider different options so you can get the best deal on the perfect shower for your needs.
Do you need a diverter for a hand held shower?
Whether or not you need a diverter for a hand held shower will depend on your specific setup. Most hand held showers come equipped with wall brackets that are configured to hang the shower unit from a wall.
These wall-mountable brackets generally include a diverter, which is designed to redirect water to the handheld sprayer. However, if your shower does not include a wall-mountable bracket, then you will likely need an additional hand held shower diverter in order to redirect water to the handheld sprayer.
The most typical type of hand held shower diverter is a two-way diverter. This diverter attaches to the shower arm and is operated by a lever or switch. When the diverter is in one position, water is directed to the fixed shower head.
When the diverter is moved to the other position, water is directed out of the handheld sprayer.
Can I replace tub spout with handheld shower?
Yes, you can replace a tub spout with a handheld shower. The process is fairly simple and straight-forward, and involves taking apart the existing tub spout and attaching the new shower head. The first step is to turn off the water supply to the tub, then unscrew and remove the existing spout.
To install the new handheld shower head, there are a few possible options depending on the hardware. You can replace the existing hardware with a diverter, which will allow you to switch between the existing spout and the handheld shower.
Alternatively, if you want to keep the spout, you’ll need to buy a diverter and a vertical bar mount, which will allow you to keep the existing spout but install the handheld shower head without the need to remove or replace the existing hardware.
Once all the pieces are in place, secure the vertical bar mount and diverter to the wall or tub lip, then attach the hose and shower head and make sure all the connections are water tight.