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    Default Adding Shower to Existing Roman Tub set up...

    I've got a beautiful whirlpool tub, but now need to add a shower set up. Will use exposed pipes once we figure this out.

    So the question is -

    Can I add a diverter to the existing set up (under the faucet perhaps or in line is possible) and plumb from that to a shower?
    I really don't want to replace the existing fixtures.

    Other option is to be a little funky and add an exposed shower on the other end of the tub (have a good 18" of oak decking and supply line access there. Is it possible to create an exposed shower set up? I really am on a tight budget and don't want to spend any more than I have to.

    Thanks!

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    You went off the tracks as soon as you use the words "roman tub" and "tight budget" in the same sentence.

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    You'll need something like a circular shower curtain to contain the spray in the tub confines. This look doesn't please everyone. Then, unless there is already something like a handspray you could extend, the easiest thing might be to replace the tub spout with one that has a shower hose, diverter, and takeoff in it.
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    without a picture showing your existing faucet, there is no way we can comment on whether it is adaptable to a shower unit. The most likely scenario is that it IS adaptable, but then the question becomes how do you do it? To answer that we need the picture.

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    Thanks for all the replies. Will post a few photos soon. Appreciate all the help.
    Already have the circle shower curtain (an ugly but functional necessity).

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    Should have gotten the rectangular one, it looks like it was made for the tub at least.

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