How to Install Shower Plumbing Part 3 How to Install Shower Plumbing Part 3

What You'll Need
Plumbers tape
Faucet set
Shower head and mounting hardware
Adjustable wrench

It is not at all difficult to install shower plumbing into an existing bathtub. There are a number fo ways to go about doing this, depending on the access to pipes and the like in your bathroom. You can install a simple system that mounts to the wall and connects to the actual faucet or one that has been run through the wall. Either way, the important thing is to prevent spray or random leakage that may destroy your wall or floors from water being sprayed all over your bathroom.

Step 1 - Apply Plumbers Tape to All Threads

The first thing you will want to do once all your actual piping is installed and in place, is to apply plumbers tape to all your threaded pipe ends to avoid future leaks. All your interior bathroom walls should already be water sealed, and the required faucet should be reassembled into the shower plumbing and ready to be connected to your attachments. 

Step 2a - Wall Mounted Shower Arm

If you are using a faucet operated water head for your shower plumbing, attach the unit to your faucet. Then, measure the available distance up the wall where you want it to be mounted. Measure this so that you do not mount it too high and can not hang the shower head where you want it due to the length of hose being too short.

You will also want to set it for the height that is the most comfortable for you when using the shower: some like it high above their head, while other people prefer a low shower angle. This distance is obviously going to be limited by the length of your hose on the unit, and longer hoses can generally be purchased at any local hardware store.

Step 2b - Pipe Mounted Shower Heads

Another type of unit for showers is a screw-on shower head or even a head and hose combination that simply screws onto the outtake connection from the wall. This type allows you to adjust the angle from moving the head's angle or from taking the sprayer from a mount on its end to get those hard-to-reach places. This attachment to your shower plumbing should also be screwed onto the threaded end of your output using the plumber tape to prevent leaks and random spray that can damage nearby walls or ceilings.

Step 3 - Faucet Shower Attachments

Another type of shower plumbing is a unit that connects to the faucet and has a harness mounted to the wall to hold it when you don't need the hose or when it is not in use. This type of unit simply screws into your faucet, and then sits in a mount you will have to screw into the wall where you want it to rest. You will want to be sure that you place the mount in proper reach of the shower head and hose, and that when you want to use it, you have complete freedom of movement.

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