View Full Version : 1 diverter or 2?
12-23-2004, 05:43 PM
We are installing a whirlpool,shower combo next week and I have a question regarding the plumbing. My wife would really like a rain shower, which is no problem, I have lowered the ceiling 3 inches for the copper line. She would also like a lower placed handheld unit for cleaning the tub. Is it possible to have a double diverter to allow the water to drain out of the rainshower and also the handheld. I'm new here,I hope you understand my question
12-23-2004, 06:03 PM
Yeah, it can be done. You may not get much flow unless you have a 3/4" supply line, and it takes a lot of hot water. Depending on the brand of fixture, 3-way divertor valves are available.
12-23-2004, 06:15 PM
I just had my line increased to a 3/4" coming in, but knocked it down to a 1/2'at the tee. Not to concerned about the hot water, we have a large tank, could you recommend a company that sells these ie. A/S, Kohler, Delta? My wife saw some faucets she liked at HD. they are called Pegasus, part of another firm, Glacier Bay I think, ever hear of them?
12-23-2004, 06:29 PM
I'm not a pro...in my remodeling, I've been using Grohe stuff. Some people love em, some hate em. HD's Expo centers carry them, and Lowes, but you don't see them at the orange boxes. Personally, I also like a temperature controlled valve - set the desired temp and don't worry about it, summer to winter, first shower or last - always the same temp (until you run out!). You can view most of their stuff at their website. *********.com carries a bunch of different brands if you wanted to go on-line.
I am partial to Delta and Moen. I have trouble getting Grohe parts and technical support. Pegasus valves drive me nuts. Virtually every single install, I need some special part, usually an extension of some kind for a tile/granite install. They are very good about getting the special part to you, but it is just a pain in the ...
I would put in 2 complete separate valves before I would start sticking in a buch of divereters--it's probably cheaper too. I put a rain shower head and a handheld on a slide bar with a tee (with little shut-offs) on my shower arm. I have both of them on most of the time while I am showering, have good pressure, and adequate hot water. Shower heads only put out 2.5 gpm at 80 psi (which few people have), so I indulge just a little, usually running the hot water out. I will eventually put in 2 valves (just moved).
Glacier Bay seems to be a subset of Home Depot. I have never been impressed with their faucets or finishes. I would stay with one of the major lines since it will be in the wall for a long time and there is no guarantee that Pegasus will not change models or patterns and "orphan" the ones you might install.