We want you to understand what you're buying...
At Clawfoot Alley we understand that purchasing plumbing parts for your clawfoot tub can be VERY confusing. There are many terms that are used that you may not be familiar with and you may not even be sure what exactly you're looking for. This page is designed to help introduce the basics of clawfoot tub plumbing and explain what you'll need to know to make the right purchases.
If you have a specific question, you may want to visit the FAQ page or contact us.
IMPORTANT TERMS TO KNOW AND UNDERSTAND:
Source pipes: Usually in your floor, these pipes are the source of the water flow for your clawfoot tub. There are two -
Centers: Used for purchasing the plumbing for your clawfoot tub (like faucets and supply lines), centers are a measurement. Centers refers to measuring from the center of a pipe or hole across to the center of the other pipe or hole -
A PART'S METAL AND FINISH
Many parts, such as faucets and supply lines, are made of one metal for strength and quality and finished/plated with another metal for visual appeal. The price of a product is directly related to which metal the part is made of.
Brass: The highest quality parts are made of solid brass -
Aluminum: A light-
Nickel: Nickel is a silvery metal that Clawfoot Alley offers in a beautiful satin finish on your plumbing components. The satin effect softens nickel's look and reduces sharp glare.
Chrome: Also a silvery metal. However, while the satin nickel is subtle and soft, chrome makes a bold statement with its polished bright shine.
THE BARE ESSENTIALS:
stops (Clawfoot Alley HIGHLY recommends adding stops)
Facuets designed for clawfoot tubs are very different from faucets designed for a regular bathtub. Since there are so many variations to the plumbing set-
Handheld Shower: These faucets are connected to a handheld shower. When not in use, the shower rests in an included cradle (for an example click HERE). For a standing shower, you will want to purchase an Add-
Gooseneck/Hi Rise: A classic design, the spout of a gooseneck faucet curves downward like an upside-
Simple Spout: Simple spouts are faucet with a spout that points straight down (for an example click HERE).
Rim (or Deck) Mounted: Facuets that are rim-
Tub Wall Mounted: If the holes for the faucet that are drilled in your tub are drilled in the wall of the tub and not on the rim, then this is the faucet type you will require.
What does "code approved" mean? When a faucet is "code approved," the outlet of the spout is at least one to two inches above the rim of the tub. This is a precaution against a drop in pressure in the water line, such as a break -
Clawfoot buying Guide
When purchasing the piping for your drain/waste overflow, its important to know the size/measurements you're looking for. The old drain lines had a 1 3/8" diameter -
COMPONENTS OF DRAIN/WASTE OVERFLOW
Vintage/Old fashioned Regular (no drain holes, available with 1 or 2 screw holes)
Drain: There are several drain types offered by Clawfoot Alley:
Lift and Turn -
Supply lines connect the source pipes to the faucet, carrying water up into the faucet for use. There are three types of supply lines -
Double Offset supply lines are the most commonly used supply lines. These lines are bent once forward, like the single offset, but double offset supply lines are bent again in an outward slope. These supply lines are used when the centers of your tub's plumbing is at 3 3/8" and your source pipes are set at 8". Used when the clawfoot tub has holes drilled in the tub wall for faucet connections.
Single offset supply lines have a single bend in them. At the top they are bent forward to connect to the tub wall. These supply lines are ideal for when the centers of your faucet match the centers of your source pipes (for example, if your tub's faucet has 3 3/8" centers and your source pipes are set at 3 3/8" centers). Used when the clawfoot tub has holes drilled in the tub wall for faucet connections.
Straight supply lines have no bend in them. They are used when the centers in your tub match the centers in your floor. Used when the clawfoot tub has holes drilled in the tub rim for faucet connections.
Freestanding supply lines have supports and are used when there are no holes drilled for a tub faucet.
There are two types of showers Clawfoot Alley has to offer: handheld and Add-
At Clawfoot Alley, we HIGHLY RECOMMEND that stops be installed on your bathroom plumbing. Stops do exactly what their name implies -
When purchasing a stop, its VERY important that you know what you are looking for. The stop is installed between source pipes and supply lines. There are two types of stops: angle stops and straight stops. Angle stops are used when you need to install the stop where lines connect at a 90 degree angle -
After deciding whether you require an angle or straight stop, you must next understand what kind of lines the stop will be connecting. The inlet size is the size and metal of the source pipe. Source pipes are either copper (a rare metal to find in modern plumbing) or iron (iron pipes are called IPS, which stands for Iron Pipe Size). The metal is an important factor in buying the correct stop -
Your next step is to determine the size of your source pipe. The standard diameter of a source pipe is 1/2". Therefore, you will want to order a stop with an inlet size of 1/2" (the inlet end of the stop connects with the source pipe, where it "lets in" water).
Making sure your stop is correct for your supply lines is a little easier -
After all the essentials are taken care of, then the accessories come in. Clawfoot Alley allows you to accent and personalize your clawfoot experience -