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I need to attach some kind of tee diverter / valve to my shower. It would look something like this:

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This thing will have 2 outlets. My usual shower head will go on one of the outlets, and the other outlet will have this tube:

Sioux Chief - 900-01163C00201 - 42143620 - VINYL TUBE 3/8 ID X 1/2 OD (1/16 WALL) CLEAR 20FT COIL

Tube details:

  • Internal diameter: 3/8"
  • External diameter: 1/2"
  • material: transparent vinyl (easily bendable material)

Pictures of the tube:

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While there are plenty tees / diverters available for attaching a hand-shower, I couldn't find anything for my specific tube. So, I'm going to need a couple of adapters. So I'm thinking:

  1. a regular hand-shower tee / diverter attachment (1/2" female threaded x two 1/2" males threaded like in first pic).
  2. and additionally a 1/2" female threaded x 3/8" hose barb. (Still haven't found this one though.)

If you have suggestions / advice / warnings about how to connect the tube to the shower (in a way that the shower continues to function on demand), I'd appreciate anything.

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    Hose barb fittings are very common in homebrewing and can be found in most hardware stores (midwest US, anyway). – Fredric Shope Jun 3 at 20:47
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    Seems like you have it all figured out -- is this just a shopping question? Female-threaded adapters to hose barb seem to be uncommon. So use one with a male thread and add a threaded coupler. – Greg Hill Jun 3 at 21:21
  • @GregHill Thank you. Exactly the kind of advice I was looking for because I haven't actually checked to see if the things I'm planning to use are actually available for sale. – thanks_in_advance Jun 3 at 21:55
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    By the way , the diverter will not shut of tightly , there will always be a slow drip while the water is on . I was told at Home Depot that is a legal requirement. – blacksmith37 Jun 3 at 23:58
  • @blacksmith37 Very interesting, thanks. – thanks_in_advance Jun 4 at 19:29
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A 1/2" FIP x 3/8" barb is a very common fitting and should be available at any decent plumbing shop or even from the ubiquitous online seller with free shipping: Anderson Metals - 57002-0608 Brass Hose Fitting, Connector, 3/8" Barb x 1/2" Female Pipe

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