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    Default How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    I need to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit.
    This Old House did a show on this a long time ago and they used a trim cover plate to accomplish this replacement.
    I cannot find this cover plate anywhere and I don't even know its proper name.
    Nobody outside TOH seems to have heard about it.
    We really dislike the single-handle unit and want to change it to a double, but I must have this trim piece to do the job.
    I need a source, if possible, or at least it's proper name so the guys at the supply house don't look at me like I'm nuts.
    Thank you in advance.
    Gil.

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    Default Re: How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    Two handle shower faucets are no longer allowed by code. Shower faucets must be anti-scald.

    John

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    Default Re: How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    Quote Originally Posted by johnjh2o View Post
    Two handle shower faucets are no longer allowed by code. Shower faucets must be anti-scald.

    John
    Is this a new FL code? two handle shower faucets are still sold in CA.

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    Default Re: How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    They may be sold but there not allowed by code,in fact CA was one of the first states that required ati-scald faucets in showers. I think that was back in the 80's.

    John

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    Default Re: How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    I replaced my single control with another because it was a ball handle and one could not easily get the same setting with each shower. With the new single control I can set it at 11:00 and always get the correct temperature, plus the new faucet is anti-scald and has stops. Good for us and grand kids.

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    Default Re: How to replace a single-handle shower faucet with a double-handled unit?

    Thank you,guys, for your responses.
    I am aware of the code and I happen to really think it is a truly silly and useless code.My wife and I are in our late fifties and neither of us can recall ever going to the emergency room because we got scalded in the shower, for God's sakes!

    I/we resented being required to install this when I built my house and now that is is going bad I want to replace it with something that my wife and I are more comfortable using.

    Anyways, if anybody has a lead on this cover plate that I need, please let me know.
    I will take the rap and serve my time in plumbing jail if I should get caught by the anti-scald police.

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