Let’s begin out with the very first thing you may discover, aside from the valves Hulk inexperienced valve case (we’ll get to that in a second) the 4 full three/four” ports. Two (2) inlet ports on the left and proper, one (1) outlet port for the bathe and one (1) for the bathtub spout. That is important as a result of most valve corporations provide their valves in each half” and three/four” model relying on the piping dimension of the house or the quantity of water wanted for the bathe.
What if the water piping is half”? Do I’ve to purchase further fittings to accommodate the valve? Nope, the three/four” x half” bushings are included within the field.
You may discover that at each port there’s a black rubber seal. This valve itself is protected towards leaking in any respect its connection factors actually your complete valve is sealed by the inexperienced enclosure. If there’s a leak inside the valve or the connection factors the valve will leak into the field and exit by a weep gap on the entrance of the trim equipment.
The subsequent focal point are the valve’s integral stops. Having integral stops on a bathtub/bathe valve permits you to change the valve cartridge or change trim with out shutting the water down in your complete home, or shut an isolation valve in your house or condominium, in the event you’re fortunate sufficient to have them. Having integral stops appears like a logical characteristic to have on each tub/bathe valve proper? Valves are cheaper to construct with out integral stops. Hansgrohe would not provide you with a alternative anymore and for good purpose, they’ve made the rough-in valve inexpensive sufficient to take away the choice. You get them customary whether or not you prefer it or not.
There are different advantages that we are going to checklist however by far the best characteristic is the valves flexibility. It’s a stress balanced bathe solely valve (the plug for the bathtub is included within the field), it’s a stress balanced tub/bathe valve, it’s a thermostatic valve with quantity management for a bathe, a thermostatic valve for a bathtub/bathe and thermostatic valve with quantity management with a diverter to regulate two bathe capabilities.
How and the heck can one valve to deal with all these options? With the trim and cartridge. It’s actually a “plug and play” valve. You will get a trim that’s easy and inexpensive or go for a reasonably advanced trim set with a full line of kinds and finishes. Should you wished to put in an inexpensive trim set however wished to improve at a later date the set up is fast and straightforward.
The importance this valve has on the house/condominium market is profound. Image a spec housing subdivision or a excessive rise condominium advanced. There must be a constructing tough customary. Now the builder or GC can set up this rough-in valve with a sure measure of confidence, that they’ll provide a trim set with a method, options and finishes that may accommodate the vast majority of their potential prospects. Up to now the GC and plumbing contractor would have an ordinary set of plumbing tough and trim. On many events the customer of the house or condominium would select one thing fully totally different and the plumbing contractor must tear out what was put in. This occurs extra on excessive finish residential however this valve takes these complications out of the equation needle valve working principle.
Listed here are a number of different options that make this valve a really distinctive product.
The iBox valve can deal with water from 6 GPM to 16 GPM. So the necessity to upsize the valve to accommodate a pair physique sprays just isn’t vital.
Due to the valve configuration and its pre-installed check and flushing plug the water piping might be examined and flushed with out the trim being put in. (We’ll clarify this additional and insert an image of the valve with no trim cartridge to make this extra clear)
The valve housing has a number of mounting choices. The valve enclosure has leveling factors to ensure the tough is stage in each instructions
Relying on the plumbing wall thickness the valve enclosure can simply minimize to accommodate. The subsequent time you might be out there for a bathe valve give this one a glance.