So, I screwed up. Big Time. I demoed my bathroom and paid someone to rebuild it. I bought new shower to go in. The old one was direct to stud. The new one was not, the best way I can describe it is the inside wall of the shower wall is about 1-2 in away from the stud. the end result is when it was all done, I mean the entire bathroom is done, I go to put on the vanity plate and shower handle and it doesn't fit right. There is a gap because the entire shower mechanism is recessed in the wall too far for the new shower. I can not find anything to extend it. There are extenders, but they are all for other brands or other models of Delta. Its copper so there is no "flex" to it. I can't just unscrew and pull the mechanism forward, at least not enough. Any ideas?enter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description hereenter image description here

  • Welcome to Home Improvement. While your description is reasonably clear about what the problem is, some pictures from inside the shower stall, and, even better from behind the wall (you do have an access hatch of some sort, don't you) will help people help you figure out a good course of action. – FreeMan Feb 25 at 17:06
  • So they 5-spotted large wall tile but never moved the rough-in valve forward to accommodate the distance? – MonkeyZeus Feb 25 at 19:29
  • Not sure what 5-spotted means lol.... but essentially, yes, I demo'd the room. Explained what was there etc.. I then purchased materials, including a new shower set from Lowes. The old set was direct to stud. the new set was not. They were "thick". Only after it all was done did we realize that the shower valve housing was pretty far inside the wall, keeping the cartridge from being fully present inside the shower. I am certain a professional could just cut the pipes and move the valve assembly outward and then reconnect the pipes with some fancy copper kung-fu... but I am not that guy. – Failed Feb 25 at 19:52
  • I also cannot afford the several hundred dollars that I am sure it would cost. The bathroom remodel broke me and then I had a personal issue come up last week, so I am looking for a DIY solution. If it really works well I will never change it. If it halfway works I will put back money to pay for the real fix later. – Failed Feb 25 at 19:55
  • My current idea is a a well lubed thick 2 in. rubber seal to put around the handle to fill the gap and make sure indirect spray doesnt make it through there. – Failed Feb 25 at 19:56

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