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Old 10-22-2018, 06:02 PM   #1
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Bathtub Faucet

My bathtub faucet is leaking and I've tried replacing the O rings and washers in it. Seems maybe the whole housing is possibly cracked. Whats the easiest way to remove the old faucet? Do I have to remove the entire wall panel to access it?
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Old 11-04-2018, 05:25 PM   #2
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There isn't an "easy" way, sorry.

You could just cap the line and hook up a handheld to the sink if you really just need to shower in the unit. Once you get that faucet out you will be well on your way to repairing the floor rot at the rear of the trailer.

So yes, you do need to remove the panel in front of it to get access for replacement. You might be able to use one of those vibrating saws to cut away just enough plastic to fit another mixing valve. Then you could fashion a patch to go over the hole. Is all the rest of your plumbing working well? Pex is your friend

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Old 11-06-2018, 10:03 PM   #3
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I would not saw out a section just to get the valve out. Those wall panels are held in with pop rivets you can drill out. Remove the panel, replace the valve, pop rivet the panels back into place. You might need plastic trim for the aluminum strips to cover up the rivets. This isn't difficult, but you need to take your time as you disassemble the wall.
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Old 11-07-2018, 10:08 AM   #4
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There are at least two different setups for the plastic cover over the mixing valve, I know because they are different in my trailers. One of them is pretty straightforward removing it, the other requires disassembling most of the bathroom.

When I removed the bathroom from my '78 it took more effort that I would have thought because everything was glued, then riveted, then glued again, then some more rivets and screws for good measure.

Assuming the OP has one of the more difficult ones to get at, the easy way will be hooking shower handle to the bathroom sink. If he can make the existing mixing valve work pretty good then maybe shutoff valves are the answer since most of the time you don't need the shower pressurized.

But, if his bathroom is anything like mine it will probably need to be gutted to fix the rear floor. Mine (in the '78) is removed and isn't going back where it was.


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