Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Breaking Down Gooseneck Clawfoot Tub Faucets

If you didn't know better, you might think that a clawfoot tub faucet includes all sorts of integral parts working in unison to deliver bath water to your clawfoot tub.  In truth, it is not as complicated as it might look.  There are quite a few parts but the parts are pretty simple in your average clawfoot tub faucet and most of the parts are assembled by the manufacturer prior to shipping.  Although you probably won't ever need to know the nitty-gritty details, familiarity with the assembly of a clawfoot tub faucet can make shopping for one a little less intimidating.

Gooseneck Clawfoot Tub Faucet Parts Explosion Diagram

The parts explosion diagram above depicts a gooseneck clawfoot tub faucet.  Gooseneck clawfoot tub faucets are the most popular clawfoot tub faucet Shop 4 Classics offers.  They are most popular because (a) they are generally more moderately priced than other clawfoot tub faucet types and (b) the gooseneck spout is considered code-friendly because it extends above the tub rim; which is required by code in many areas.  Although the parts diagram shows a gooseneck clawfoot tub faucet, other types of clawfoot tub faucets will assemble in much the same way.

Once installed, there is rarely any reason to disassemble a clawfoot tub faucet except to repair a leaky valve.  In the old days, clawfoot tub faucets used compression valves.  Compression valves rely on rubber washers that eventually wear out and need to be replaced.  Compression valves have been mostly phased out and replaced with washerless ceramic disk valves today.  Washerless valves have self-contained ceramic disk cartridges as shown in the diagram above.  Inside the cartridge, is a pair of ceramic disks that rotate to open and close the valve.  The ceramic disk cartridges only require one quarter of a rotation to fully open the valve.  For this reason, they are also often called quarter turn valves.  Because the disks are ceramic rather than rubber, ceramic disk cartridges usually last for a very long time.  If the disks crack or break, the complete cartridge can be replaced almost as easily as replacing a battery in a flashlight.  The most critical function of a clawfoot tub faucet (i.e., turning water on and off) is centralized in the two self-contained cartridges. Recognizing this should limit your concerns about what could go wrong with a clawfoot tub faucet.

You can't go wrong choosing a clawfoot tub faucet from Shop 4 Classics.  Shop 4 Classics offers trusted name brands, great selection, discount prices, and free shipping for clawfoot tub faucets.  Save an additional 5% on complete clawfoot tub faucet orders that include a clawfoot tub drain and clawfoot tub supply lines from the same manufacturer with our FAUCET5 coupon code.

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