The most common is a tower-type setup with a special water spout that’s tall enough to clear the tub rim.

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Q: I really like the concept of having a freestanding bathtub in my new bathroom. But, since freestanding tubs just sit exposed on the floor with no walls or flat tub rim area for water fixtures, what kind of tub filler valve is used?

A: The freestanding bath is becoming very popular. Basically, it’s a self-supporting soaking tub that sits on the floor and requires no wall enclosures or supports.

Some homeowners install a freestanding bath in the center of the bathroom, making it the design showpiece for the bathroom.

Naturally, with a special bathtub, you’ll need a special bathtub filler valve. The type used for most freestanding baths is called a floor-mount bath filler. It’s a tower-type setup with a special water spout that’s tall enough to clear the tub rim.

Floor-mount bath fillers come in many configurations, and some even have hand-shower options. Just keep in mind this type of setup is very high-end, so installing a freestanding bath can be very far from free.

Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.