Monday, February 1, 2010

The Lowdown on Down Spout Clawfoot Tub Faucets

The down spout clawfoot tub faucet is one of the most common faucets found on antique clawfoot tubs. This ubiquitous faucet has a short, ribbed nozzle spout that extends from the bottom of the faucet body. It isn't unusual to see an antique down spout clawfoot tub faucet with a hose pushed onto the ribbed nozzle spout to create a makeshift handshower for a faucet that normally might not support one.

There are several variations of the down spout clawfoot tub faucet including inexpensive, compact clawfoot tub faucet models to models that feature a hand held shower or even a shower enclosure. But the faucet has even more names than it does variations. In addition to "down spout clawfoot tub faucet", this faucet is also frequently called the "nozzle spout faucet" or even the "P6"; which originates from the model number Sign of the Crab assigned to their version of the down spout clawfoot tub faucet.

Although the down spout clawfoot tub faucet is still a very popular choice for renovators, it does come with a caveat. The design of this faucet means that the spout will be below the tub rim or even extend below the tub's overflow hole. Plumbing code in some areas requires the spout to be above the tub's flood plain. If plumbing code in your area requires the spout to be above the rim of the tub, consider the code friendly gooseneck clawfoot tub faucet. As always, check with a local plumbing inspector for code interpretation in your area.

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