Pinstripe Transfer Valve Trim with Lever Handle
Elegant method of switching between shower heads
I installed the Pinstripe series in a guest bathroom. I wanted to install a hand shower in addition to the regular shower head, so I needed some way to transfer water between the two. I thought that a simple shower arm-mounted diverter valve would look a little tacky, with the hose dangling from the main shower arm, and might be hard to use as well, because you have to reach up high to turn it. So I went with a wall-mounted transfer valve. It is considerably more expensive to do it this way, but it is much more elegant.
The valve trim is very clean and stylish, like everything else in the Pinstripe series. Even though I purchased the cross-handle style for the temperature and volume control valve, I decided to use the single-handle style for the transfer valve because it "points." In other words, the position of the handle shows you how the valve is currently set and makes it clear which shower head is going to come on when you turn on the water. The rough in transfer valve that goes with this (K-728-K) works well, and when it is adapted for use with two fixtures, has three positions: handle to the left (first shower head only), handle in the middle (both shower heads), and handle to the right (second shower head only). You can't really see this in the photographs, but the valve trim has a couple of faint, understated dots that mark the positions you can set the valve to.
If you need to set up your shower to transfer water between two or three different fixtures, I highly recommend this as a clean, simple way to do it.
June 24, 2010