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Question DetailsAsked on 7/14/2017

if I have a symmons valve and want to install grohe shower+handheld do I ned to replace the valve as well?

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Well - Grohe makes different kinds of shower fixtures - but if you mean the detachable shower head which mounts onto a metal bar, and has about a 4' hose coming off it, that hose attaches to the shower arm (the metal pipe that a normal shower head mounts on), so you are in effect only replacing the shower head. In that case, unless the shower head requires an unusually high flow rate, it would work with any shower valve just like a normal shower head.

Generally an easy DIY job provided you make sure you do not twist or breakoff the shower arm. Will take a pretty hefty force so breaking it off would not normally be an issue unless you tie onto it with a pipe wrench or such. However, be sure to hold the shower arm firmly sa as to not turn it, because that will break loose the seal (plumbers dope or teflon tape) where it attaches to the shower arm bracket on the pipe inside the wall, which could then leak unseen.

Also - because the mounting bar is handy to grab onto as a grab bar, it is required to be mounted into a stud - which if you do not have a stud finder or the tools to drill holes in the tile may require a contractor.

Otherwise, Plumber or Handyman should be able to handle this fine.

Oh - one after-thought hint - looks slightly goofy and if the hose is not long enough then depending on where the bar is mounted you might not be able to do this, but I recommend running the hose between the bar and the wall so if the hose is pulled hard it is not pulling directly on the shower arm - having the half-wrap around the bar will reduce the risk of breakingoff the shower arm, which in some cases requires tearing into the wall tio remove the broken fitting.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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