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    Hi - I'm having a custom steam shower installed and need to specify the rough-in heights for the valves. There's a thermostatic mixer plus a combined diverter/volume control that is supposed to be installed above it.

    Based on a previous post, height and position of these controls is purely user preference, but I'm trying to determine what the most "standard" placement would be, and only deviate from that if it seems necessary. (Users are 5'8" and 6').

    I believe 48" is typical for a single control, and I think the controls are supposed to be 8" apart (per install instructions), so I'm thinking to put the volume control at 48" since that's what we'll be using most, and put the thermostatic control at 40". Does this sound right?

    Bonus Question -- the shower ceiling is sloped (about 4" per foot) -- any ideas how to fit an escutcheon to the sloped surface to make the pipe for the ceiling-mount showerhead look "finished"? There is an escutcheon that came with the pipe, but obviously it's meant to be 90 degress to the pipe.

    Thanks!
    Emma

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    Pretend you're in the shower, close your eyes, and reach out naturally to where you think the control is/should be. Measure that height. My wife & I are about the same height, and we varied by a couple of inches, so that's how we placed the valves. No slaves to symmetry, we!

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    Ok, I just tried the "blind reach" method and came up with 48". Perhaps that feels natural because it's what I've come to expect from just about every shower I've used. Just another reason to stick with the standard, I guess. So again, I assume I should put the most used control (diverter/volume) at this height, and not the mixer, right?

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    With a thermostaticly controlled valve, you may never change the setting, so the exact position isn't that big a deal. Typically, the volume control is with the temperature control, but it could be part of the divertor. basically, don't worry about it.
    Jim DeBruycker
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