I'm working on improvising a shower to add to our existing clawfoot tub. It's just going to be the piping supported to the wall for now as we're going to redo this bathroom a year or so down the road.
Our tub faucet looks something like this and has no way to add on a shower to it, and the faucets with the showers cost a ton to add. So, since it's temporary, I'm going to T off of the supply lines after the valve. However, I don't know much of why the tub would be piped how it is.
The supply line comes out of the floor at a 1/2" and then into the valve and out at 3/8". I know this is done for sinks and such, but I don't know why or why they didn't use a 1/2" to 1/2" valve instead?
It comes out at 3/8" and goes through a short 3/8" copper line and then into the back of the tub. The 3/8" copper line is screwed into a (reversed?) 3/8" to 1/2" reducer. Then this was screwed into a (reversed?) 1/2" to 3/4" reducer which is screwed directly into the tub's faucet's pipe. I understand that the 1/2" had to be converted up to fit the tub, but why does all of the pipe downsize before it when the tub can fit a 1/2" line?
To retain the most piping and fittings, I'm following the same route with my shower valve, although it also accepts 1/2" lines. Is this the wrong approach, should I resize it all to 1/2"? And why would it downsize when it didn't have to?
I think the downsize can lead to faster water or increased pressure, but I couldn't find anything directly answering this.