How to Install Bathroom Shower Fixtures for Disabled People

What You'll Need
Power drill
Masking tape
Pipe and voltage detector
Tape measure
Adjustable wrench
Required fixtures fittings and instructions

Fitting bathroom shower fixtures that are suitable for disabled use does not have to be any more difficult than fitting other fixtures. With some pre-planning to confirm that the bathroom is suitable to handle the fixtures and a little DIY know-how, it can be easy to create a bathroom that is suitable for use by a disabled person.

Step 1 - Planning

Make a plan to determine exactly what bathroom shower fixtures are required and where they should be placed. Consider every aspect of the limitations of the disabled person when using the shower to help you decide what is needed. For example, a fixed seat may be of more use than a folding one.

Research fixtures to ensure that they are suitable for the bathroom, and that they will fit existing connections. If the bathroom is being fitted for a particular disabled person, bear in mind their height to determine where fixtures, such as grab rails, should be positioned.

Step 2 - Preparation

Have all the tools and equipment you need on hand. Once you have purchased the fixtures you intend to fit, carefully measure and mark the position in which you want them to be placed. Use the pipe and voltage detector to make sure that there are no wires or pipes behind the walls where you are seeking to position the fixtures. Double check your measurements so that you are completely sure of them before beginning any work.

Step 3 - Remove Unnecessary Fixtures

Should lever controls be required to operate the taps, shower valve, and waste pipe, the existing fixtures need to be removed. Use a wrench to carefully remove them so as not to cause damage to the existing connections or pipes.

Step 4 - Undertake Work

In accordance with the manufacturer's instructions and your own plan, begin to fit the fixtures. Ensure that you do not omit any of the steps advised by the manufacturer and that you have all the fittings that should have been included, such as washers nuts and bolts.

When securing fixtures directly to the tile surface of the shower cubicle, take some precautions before drilling. Place masking tape over the appropriate spot in the mark of an "X" to prevent the drill bit from sliding over the smooth surface. Use the drill on a slow speed, even after the initial hole has been made. If necessary, tighten the screws with the screwdriver to properly secure the fixtures.

Step 5 - Don't Forget the Accessories

When adding fixtures to an existing bathroom, it is easy to forget the small, but useful touches. Anti-slip flooring is easily obtained and should be fitted in the bath or shower cubicle. A standard light switch should be substituted for a pull string cord, a method that can also be used for a panic alarm which should be long enough to reach the floor.