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Old 06-27-2014, 10:52 PM  
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I have fixed a leak in my wall behind the shower, but now I don't know how to put the 2 X 4 back on to secure the faucet. I went inside the wall from the other room so that I would not mess up the tile in the bathroom. I had to take the 2 X 4 loose in order to fix the leak. Now I don't know how to secure the faucet back against the 2 X 4 and replace it.


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Old 06-28-2014, 09:27 AM  
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Well, Vicky it makes me wonder how you got the 2x4 OUT in the first place! If the faucet was attached with screws on the front side, how did you remove it?

If the "faucet" is a shower mixer, it would look like the picture below. The only way to anchor it would be to use a 3" threaded rod. Drill thru the 2x4 so you can slip the rod thru it and thru the clip that holds the supply pipe in place. Do a 5/8" counter sink on the 2x4s back side (use a paddle bit so you get a flat bottom). Slip the clip over the supply pipe. Hold a nut and washer on the other side and screw the rod into the nut. Do this for all four positions. On the backside of the 2x4, screw on washer and nut combinations to hold it in place. Tighten as best you can. If the rod extends past the wall surface, use an angle grinder to cut it off.

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If you have go grind and there is plastic involved, be careful not to generate too much heat that will melt/distort the plastic.

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Or just measure ahead of time and buy nuts and bolts to fit. But great plan

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I had a similar issue when I changed mine. Having to mount the valve assembly from the back side so I cut a piece of cardboard the same size as the cross brace I was using, pushed it up to the mounting tabs, held it level and using a little stubby pencil or even a pushpin would work, I marked the holes on the cardboard where the holes in the tabs were.
Then used the cardboard as a template to drill mounting screw holes through the wood cross brace. Used 2'' long screws with nuts and small washers fed through the mounting tabs and through the 2x brace.
Then toe screwed the brace into the studs.
Worked great.

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