Honda TRX700XX Forum - Club700XX banner
1 - 16 of 16 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,184 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I got a question for any plumbers or handymen/women. Can I use galvanized pipe in for my shower? I am trying to replace the shower faucet because it was old and leaking and I noticed there was galvanized pipe in the wall running to the shower? I thought it should have been copper but I'm clueless so I am trying to find out before I get it all buttoned up. Should I run copper, PVC, or is it ok to use the rusty galvanized pipe that was already there?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
788 Posts
I would use copper if you can. I have never seen galvanized pipe used in the shower. I would assume its not correct. If you are not comfortable with soldering the copper pipes, you could always get the shark bite fittings in home depot or lowes. But if I were you, since you have it opened up already, I would change the pipes to copper. Better to be safe than sorry.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
1,888 Posts
I would use copper if you can. I have never seen galvanized pipe used in the shower. I would assume its not correct. If you are not comfortable with soldering the copper pipes, you could always get the shark bite fittings in home depot or lowes. But if I were you, since you have it opened up already, I would change the pipes to copper. Better to be safe than sorry.


If you are only wanting to replace the shower fixture itself... do that. Galvanized pipe was to code in old homes and is still OK to use. You save money only replacing what you need to. I run a facility that has 10 older homes and they all have galvanized pipe throughout. I only replace the galvanized IF there is build-up inside the pipe that restricts the flow or if the pipe is damaged in other ways.


roadkill
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,184 Posts
Discussion Starter · #4 ·
Ok thanks, parts of it are PVC and the other is galvanized? I've tried my hand at sweating copper lines before and it wasn't pretty! I noticed the pipe that the shower head connects to has threads on it? How would I connect a copper line to that? Same with the faucet?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
354 Posts
Just find someone with a pex tool, get yourself some pex from lowes and some adapters, it's plastic, flexable and lasts forever, no fires, no leaks...nothing :yay:
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,189 Posts
I love sweating copper, I find it enjoyable, which I know is weird. But I would only replace what you need to unless money doesn't matter as much (also depending on how long the pipe is and everything).
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,184 Posts
Discussion Starter · #8 ·
It's just the pieces of pipe from the valve to the shower head(galvanized) and the piece from the valve to the part where the tub fills out of?(alsogalvanized) but thenpipe coming from under the house is PVC?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,592 Posts
I got a question for any plumbers or handymen/women. Can I use galvanized pipe in for my shower? I am trying to replace the shower faucet because it was old and leaking and I noticed there was galvanized pipe in the wall running to the shower? I thought it should have been copper but I'm clueless so I am trying to find out before I get it all buttoned up. Should I run copper, PVC, or is it ok to use the rusty galvanized pipe that was already there?
if u use copper it may react to the galvanized. id use pvc or just replace the whole thing with copper
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
2,932 Posts
PVC is simple, effective and does not corrode or rust. If done properly it will outlast all else. I replumbed my entire house with PVC and CPVC.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,592 Posts
i would never plum a whole house with pvc. in cold weather the bust way to easy cause the glue dose hold as hard when it get under 60.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,592 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
3,184 Posts
Discussion Starter · #15 ·
Thanks for the info guys! I finally finished...shew! I ended up using pvc. All went fairly well. I had to use some ******* engineering to get it done, but at least it's not leaking!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
14 Posts
omg thats just funny
plumbing on here?!
anyway remember to not combine two metals when plumbing (ex. alum,copper)
aluminum will corrode the copper
 
1 - 16 of 16 Posts
Top