Friday, July 30, 2010

Pleasing the Mobs: Wall Mounted Clawfoot Tub Faucets

As sequels go, The Godfather Part II is widely considered the best movie sequel of all time. In fact, Part II was so good that there is still much debate whether it was better than the Academy Award winning Part I. Today, we continue our series on connecting clawfoot tub faucets. In our sequel, the wall mounted clawfoot tub faucet is the star. In part I, we discussed connecting a clawfoot tub faucet on the wall of a clawfoot tub. In part II, we discuss mounting a clawfoot tub faucet on a bathroom wall.

In most cases, faucets intended to be tub wall mounted can not be wall mounted without modification for the following reasons:
1. The interior wall of most clawfoot tubs is slanted. The slope of the bathtub wall varies but clawfoot tub faucet inlets are angled to compensate for the slope. Without angled inlets, the faucet may appear to lean backward when installed on a tub with a slanted wall. Angled inlets correct for this problem when installed on a sloped bathtub wall; however, they create the opposite problem if installed on a flat bathroom wall. If installed on a bathroom wall, the angled inlets will cause the faucet to lean forward. The trajectory of water from the spout will be inward toward the wall rather than outward toward the tub.
2. A clawfoot tub faucet's shanks are intended to extend through the wall of a clawfoot bathtub. A tiled bathroom wall is thicker than a bathtub's wall. The faucet's shanks will often be too short to be secured through bathroom walls.
3. A clawfoot bathtub faucet's shanks are threaded. If installed on a freestanding clawfoot tub, the faucet's threaded connection to the clawfoot tub supply lines is exposed. If installed on a bathroom wall, the threaded connection will be behind a finished wall which may be against plumbing code in your area.

To mount a clawfoot tub faucet on a flat bathroom wall, the inlets must be removed from the faucet body and replaced with straight wall mount couplers. Shop 4 Classics offers wall mount adapters for Sign of the Crab clawfoot tub faucets and Elizabethan Classics clawfoot tub faucets. The adapters aren't universal and only clawfoot tub faucets that have detachable inlets can be adapted with wall mount couplers. Some manufacturers, most notably Sign of the Crab, now offer a wide assortment of faucets that have already been configured with wall mount couplers.

Installing a wall mounted faucet requires 1/2" IPS male threaded pipe roughed-in through the finished wall. The wall mount couplers will thread onto the exposed 1/2" male IPS threaded pipe. This places the threaded connection on the outside (exposed side) of the finished wall.

As we discovered in the previous discussion of clawfoot tub faucets, most tub wall mounted clawfoot tub faucets have 3-3/8" centers. Since wall mounted clawfoot tub faucets are adaptations of tub wall mounted faucets, one might assume that most wall mounted clawfoot bathtub faucets are also 3-3/8" centers. Not so! Wall mounted clawfoot tub faucets can be 3-3/8" centers but they may also be 6", 7", or 8" centers. The Sign of the Crab British telephone faucets have swing arms that provide adjustable centers. In fact, the Sign of the Crab British telephone clawfoot tub faucet is one of the exceptions that can be mounted on either a tub wall or a bathroom wall without additional couplers. The point here is that the supply lines must be roughed-in to match the centers of the faucet so keep this in mind as you shop for a tub wall mounted clawfoot tub faucet.

Bathroom wall mounted clawfoot tub faucets have become increasingly popular. To appease the mobs of people requesting these faucets, Shop 4 Classics now offers a 10% discount on tub orders that include a clawfoot tub faucet and drain from the same manufacturer. Use the TUB10 coupon code to apply this discount to your tub purchase. As Don Corleone might say, it's an offer you can't refuse.

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