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Installing a shower
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  Introduction

 

Depending on the type of shower that you wish to install, the shower head must either be fitted in order to prevent it coming into contact with the water in the bath below or the base tray, or it must have a check valve.


 
  Preparation

 

First and foremost you must decide on the type of shower that you wish to install.

To investigate the suitability of different types, it may be worth referring to our Choosing a shower page.

It is advisable before starting, to mark the positions of the shower head and control, and to plan the pipework involved (more information on pipework can be found in the Planning a shower section).

Also the drainage system to remove the waste water will need to be planned. Both positions of the cable route and the shower switch will also need to be considered if an instantaneous or electric shower is being installed.


 
  Method

 
  • Using the instruction guide that should have been provided, fit the shower control.
  • Before fitting the pipes that will eventually supply the water to the shower system, it is important to cut off the water supply. In order to protect the pipes, they should be given a waterproof covering and also isolating valves should be fitted. The pipes can then be recessed into the wall and plastered over to neaten the overall look.
  • Fit the base tray, shower head, and fittings.
  • Connect up the main shower control to the pipes that will be supplying the water. (This may require a female screw thread adapter).

  • Reconnect the water supply and test the pipes for any leaks, as some may need tightening.

  • If it is an electrical shower that is being installed, the electricity supply must be switched off, before making any electrical connections. Once these connections have been made (there should be guidance within the instruction manual), the power supply can be switched back on.

  • The shower should now be ready for the screens and cubicle tray to be fitted.


 
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