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    Johndk Posts: 1, Reputation: 1
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    Mar 22, 2017, 06:15 AM
    Re Handheld shower and shower head
    Is any special shower faucet valve necessary for this unit
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    ma0641 Posts: 15,681, Reputation: 1012
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    Mar 22, 2017, 06:34 AM
    "This unit". Are you talking about a specific brand and model? If replacing a shower head, they just usually screw on the spout. If you want a regular shower head AND a handheld, you install a diverter on the spout. What are your plans?
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    massplumber2008 Posts: 12,831, Reputation: 1212
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    Mar 22, 2017, 05:08 PM
    Hi John

    You can install a diverter external to the wall on the SHOWER ARM to control regular shower head VS hand-held shower, or you can install a 3-port diverter internal to the wall to allow use of regular shower head only, hand-held shower only, or BOTH regular shower head AND head-held shower head at the same time. There is quite a bit more work/parts/labor involved with the latter option.

    Let us know what you are thinking here...

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    ballengerb1 Posts: 27,379, Reputation: 2280
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    Mar 22, 2017, 06:09 PM
    Yes, we need to know make and model to know for sure. Most after market models do not need a new valve. the diverter is built into the unit. It activates when you press/squeeze a button on the hand held part.
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    Milo Dolezal Posts: 7,192, Reputation: 523
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    Mar 23, 2017, 07:45 AM
    You will have to use diverter to switch between two shower outlets. Diverter can be a separate valve on the wall or it can be built into the main temp/volume control valve. HansGrohe makes such multi-port shower valves and also few domestic brands offer this same option.

    You can also consider installing just hand-held, mounted on adjustable height rail. This is a very popular option. In this configuration, you use regular shower faucet (valve), with single outlet ( wall union) and rail. Hand-held than acts as regular shower head and hand-held. Best such set up is by Grohe

    Hope that helps


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