Plumber: How to choose the right bath filler
Question: Ed: We plan an extensive bathroom remodel and want to install a freestanding bathtub. As I understand we can have a deck-mount or a floor-mount bath filler. Can you give us some tips/info on both styles to help make our choice easier?
- Jim, Missouri
Answer: Freestanding baths are unique because the tub is not built into a surround or island unit. It’s basically a self-supporting bath with finished sides.
First tip: Check your tub specs to see what the manufacturer recommends for a filler fixture. Some may require a specific type of bath filler; others may allow you to choose a deck-mount or a floor-mount style.
Deck-mount fillers install on the flat rim area of the tub and may require drilling. Once installed, piping is concealed in the hollow section of the tub for a clean trendy look.
Floor-mount fillers are tall, classic-looking fillers anchored to the floor with exposed finished piping.
Bottom line: To fulfill your freestanding bath dreams, it simply gets down to choosing either a modern-looking or vintage-looking bath filler.
Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.
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