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DIY Guide: Installing a Clawfoot Tub Faucet with a Shower Diverter

DIY Guide: Installing a Clawfoot Tub Faucet with a Shower Diverter

Clawfoot tubs exude timeless charm and elegance, and adding a shower diverter to the faucet can enhance their functionality. If you're a fan of a DIY challenge and eager to bring a vintage touch to your bathroom, installing a clawfoot tub faucet with a shower diverter can be a rewarding project. In this guide, we'll walk you through the steps to tackle this installation with confidence.


Tools and Materials You'll Need:

Clawfoot tub faucet with a shower diverter

Adjustable wrench

Plumber's tape

Pipe cutter

Pipe thread compound

Teflon tape



Step 1: Choose the Right Faucet:

Before you begin, make sure you've selected a clawfoot tub faucet with a built-in shower diverter. Consider the style that complements your tub and bathroom décor.


Step 2: Shut Off the Water:

Turn off the water supply to the tub. If there's no dedicated shut-off valve, you may need to shut off the main water supply to your home.


Step 3: Remove the Existing Faucet:

Use an adjustable wrench to disconnect the existing faucet from the water supply lines.

If your clawfoot tub doesn't have existing faucet holes, you may need to drill holes to accommodate the new faucet.

Step 4: Apply Plumber's Tape:

Wrap the threaded ends of the water supply pipes with plumber's tape. This helps create a watertight seal when connecting the new faucet.


Step 5: Install the Faucet:

Position the new clawfoot tub faucet in the pre-drilled holes.

Tighten the faucet nuts from underneath to secure it in place.

Step 6: Connect the Water Supply Lines:

Connect the hot and cold water supply lines to the corresponding inlets on the faucet.

Use an adjustable wrench to secure the connections, ensuring they are snug but not overtightened.

Step 7: Attach the Shower Diverter:

If your faucet has a built-in diverter, follow the manufacturer's instructions to attach the diverter spout.

Connect the diverter to the water supply pipes, ensuring a secure fit.

Step 8: Apply Pipe Thread Compound:

Apply pipe thread compound to the threaded ends of the water supply pipes.

Connect the pipes to the diverter, using an adjustable wrench to tighten the connections.

Step 9: Teflon Tape for Additional Seal:

Wrap Teflon tape around the threaded ends of the pipes for an extra layer of sealing.

Step 10: Test for Leaks:

Turn on the water supply and test the faucet for leaks.

If you notice any leaks, use a wrench to tighten the connections until they are snug.

Step 11: Install the Showerhead:

Attach the showerhead to the diverter spout.

Use Teflon tape to secure the connections and prevent leaks.

Step 12: Enjoy Your Clawfoot Tub with Shower Diverter:

With the installation complete, you're ready to enjoy the luxury of a clawfoot tub with a convenient shower option. Step back and admire your handiwork, knowing you've added both style and functionality to your bathroom.


Remember, if you ever feel unsure or encounter difficulties during the installation, don't hesitate to consult a professional plumber for assistance. Happy DIY-ing

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