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    Default Shower controls don't fit w/ new tub

    Hi,

    I just installed a sterling tub in my bathroom and the old shower valve does not stick enough for me to get the trim back on.

    First, a little background. We bought our house two years ago. The previous owners had done some shoddy plumbing work in the bathroom. The old shower valve was leaking, and knowing that I would eventually want to replace the entire tub/surround, I installed a Delta shower control. There is no access panel because the vanity is built into an alcove next to the shower, so I had to cut open the wall to access the valve and install the new one.

    Now, I have installed the tub and surround only to realize that the new surround wall is much thicker(in terms of distance from the studs), and of course I did not check to see if it would fit beforehand. The surround wall has been clipped in and I can't see how to get it off to fix this. I really don't want to break through the wall on the other side again, and I am not sure that it would help anyway.

    Is there anything that I can do? Thanks in advance.

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    Did your trim come with any additional parts┐ They will sometimes have stem extenders.

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    If you still have the instructions and literature, see if they offer a 'deep-wall' extension kit. If not, you'll have to move the wall or the valve. You might call the surround's manufacturer to see if there is an easy way to get the wall panel off without breaking things, otherwise, your third option is to remove the vanity and go in through that wall. The easiest is if the manufacturer has an extension kit.

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    Thanks guys. I have contacted Delta to see if they have an extension. I understand that the valve should be installed as a "deep wall", but the valve was originally installed when the tub surround was not "deep wall".

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    It's easy to overlook when remodeling...most people replace the valve when doing that, and then consider where to install it based on the new configuration. You only need the deep wall kit if it isn't installed per the instructions for your application...it's basically useful for remodeling or errors.
    Jim DeBruycker
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    Thanks Jim, if I can't find an extension I will have reopen the wall behind the vanity. I have also figured out how to get the shower wall if I have to. There is a clip on the back of the wall connected to the tub. I just need to push it back to separate the surround wall.

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