Drip testing a new shower

27 Oct 2009
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United Kingdom
I'm going to be installing a new thermostatic shower in my en-suite (connecting into tap feeds running from combi boiler)

The pipes to the new shower will be running through a studwork wall.

The shower area is currently stripped of plaster right back to studwork.

Has anyone got any tips for drip testing the pipes?

In order to connect the thermostatic shower valve to the wall I will need to install plasterboard to the area of the shower valve. The problem is that the pipes will then be covered by the plasterboard and inaccessible for drip testing.

Has anyone got any tips? I was thinking that as the pipes run from the floor up then maybe i could install the top half of plasterboard and leave the lower half of the wall unboarded to monitor the pipes for leaks. Once I am happy there are no leaks I could then board up the lower half of the wall.
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How long do you want to tet it for?

Put a couple of pushfit stop ends on the pipes. Finish the wall and fit the valve when you're happy with it.
I was thinking of doing a two day drip test.

It would have been more ideal to carry out the drip test with the shower valve already fitted, a bit more peace of mind?

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