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    Default Installing new tub fixtures help please

    I hate to be the one who joins and immediately ask for help but I have never replaced any fixtures in a bathtub before and I know there are certain things that need to be done before attempting this job. My house was built in the 70's and the previous owner never updated or changed any fixtures in this house. I want to replace the drain, overflow, spout (which is cracked) and the hot/cold water handle. I already have the tool to remove old drain so I'm good on that and the overflow is off. I have verified that the spout is screw off and not held on by a hex. My issue is the hot/cold handle. This handle base has the tub to shower selector and the newer fixtures have this selector on the spout. Is it possible to install spout with the shower selector on the spout vice the handle? Also, there is no indication of the handle that is currently installed so I probably will not be able to install the same brand. Will this be an issue? An employee at Lowes was telling me that I need to put in an access panel behind the shower to install this. If anyone could help me I would greatly appreciate it.

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    If you post a picture of what you have, someone may be able to ID it.

    If you opt to replace with a new pressure balanced single handle, then you can go with an access panel behind, or with a remodel plate from the front side.
    Both Delta and Moen have those.

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    As requested this is what I have. Would it be possible to add a spout with the shower selector when I have currently have the shower selector on the hot/cold handle base?

    This is what I was wanting to put in:
    http://www.lowes.com/pd_89235-72981-...7C1&facetInfo=
    Last edited by akholbrook; 12-30-2012 at 08:26 PM.

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    If you change to a new Delta valve, you will need the access from behind.
    The remodel plates are for the round trims.

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    This might be a dumb question but when I am putting in an access panel behind the fixture, how do I determine the right location to cut the dry wall out? I'll have to do put the access panel in my closet that is behind the shower but is there an easy way to mark the location in the closet so I can make a precise cut?

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    Remove the valve cover, and then take a drywall stab saw and push it through from the tub side.

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