This might be a dumb question but I bought a Moen “Adler” tub & shower faucet from Lowe’s. Haven’t installed it yet but I’ve been studying the installation instructions and it occurred to me that I’m not sure how to operate it. I’m used to faucets that rotate the handle for hot/cold and push/pull for on/off. This faucet rotates but there’s no push/pull. Does it need water pressure to work? Is it broken? Or do I not understand how it works?
Yeah I called Moen. $90 for a shower valve and there’s no volume control.
What about those prefab fiberglass tub/shower surrounds? I notice that you don’t use them in your videos and I’m beginning to understand why. The woman who owns the bathroom I’m working on bought one of these abominations from Home Depot and I’m puzzled how to make it work with the plumbing. The faucet mixer valve has a thing called a plaster guard that’s supposed to mount on the outboard face of the shower wall but I have to estimate where that wall will be because it’s not flush with the studs. I’m trying to rough in the plumbing but I don’t really know what I’m doing and the installation instructions aren’t much help. Seems obvious that the the valve has to float a bit to account for the uncertainty of location of the shower surround but it’s attached to the tub spout pipe which must be rigidly grounded and cannot float. The Moen instructions just shows wooden blocking supporting the tube between the valve and the spout. Looks to me that it’d be a minor miracle if this stuff fit together – the slightest adjustment of the valve would make the spout tube out of level. Is this really that difficult or am I missing something?
That is a very tough thing to gauge with those type of tub surrounds….
I know a lot of plumbers that leave the valve unattached to anything (as showen in your diagram) and then cut the hole centered in surround where needed, and use wood blocking between valve and surround (tightening escutcheon plate to keep things in place)
I would probably advice having a 2 x 6 or some kind of blocking between studs where valve would be placed, then screw it in place after the surround is in place. That way you can add blocking/shims behind valve to get into correct depth.
As far as the tub spout…..you will need to anchor that before tub surround. I’d probably set blocking 1″ recessed behind front of framing and fasten it there.
Other alternative, it so try to get an accurate depth of where the finished surface will be for surround and adjust and mount valve to that amount.
Any sorry, your right, we haven’t gotten into the fiberglass or plastic surrounds….Guess because most people are tearing those out and doing tile…..