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    I am a custom homebuilder. We built a new home for a client. We are also building a Pool Cabanna, Summer Kitchen with Pool and Spa. The Pool Cabanna will have an outdoor shower with hot / cold water, mounted on a wall.

    Can I use a standard shower valve with standard trim, or do I need to use an outdoor rated shower valve and trim?

    I know there are simple pull chain and handle type for outdoor showers, but the ones I found are cold water only. The client wants a hot / cold control valve, with hot water avaliable.

    We used Delta upscale valves and trim in the house. All elements in the house and exterior improvements are upscale.

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    Shower trim is designed to get wet, so I don't think that there would be a problem. If there is any possibility of freezing, you need to make provisions to easily drain the system, or bad things will happen. Since the line to the shower could be a long ways away, you might suggest a hot water recirculation system. Maybe one switched, rather than on all the time to save some energy. You might even be able to hook it up to a motion sensor so that when someone walked into/towards the shower, it turned on the pump.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Thanks. I also did an online chat with Delta, who told me "No problem".

    I bought a Delta Satin Nickle tub / shower and thought I would drop from the tub supply to a hose bib. The shower is at the summer kitchen location and having hot water at a bib would make it nice for clean-up after a Texas bar-b-que.

    I could also use the hose bib to drain the valve if it gets cold, but our coldest month is February with a median temp of 61.

    Distance is not a problem as we installed a water heater at the Summer Kitchen.
    Last edited by txlandlord; 09-05-2007 at 06:46 AM.

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