Home & Garden

July 26, 2008

Three scenarios for that old shower valve

Q. I am remodeling my modern 1950s house in Ann Arbor, Mich. I want to replace the shower valve and the head. When we removed the cover of the old valve, we were dismayed to find all the internal parts cemented, and the plumber cannot work in such a small area. He wants to cut away more to gain more working space. We can only access the valve from the front. The room has tiles in mint condition, so I am unwilling to touch them. The tile is irreplaceable. Potentially we could cut the tile around the old valve and cover it with a bigger escutcheon plate, but I have not found one. I am trying not to do patch work with different tile, since that would really accentuate that area. What should I do?

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