Installing your shower?
Most types of shower can be fitted either over a bath or in a cubicle. The fixings and pipe routes vary according to the shower type, the bathroom layout and the shower location, but the method of installation is basically the same.
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Before you start Installing your shower
Decide on the type of shower you want, bearing in mind that the shower head must either be fitted so as to prevent it coming into contact with water in the bath or shower tray, or it must have a non-return shower valve where the hose is attached to the shower control.
- Mark the required positions of the spray shower head and shower valve
- Plan the pipe work to the shower valve and how the waste water will be routed to the drainage system.
- Fit the shower valve most units are available as either exposed or concealed fittings, and come with fixings and instructions (look at our concealed or exposed section to decide which is right for you). When fitting a concealed mixer, if possible mount it on a removable shower panel flush with the wall so that you have easy access to the controls.
- Cut off the water supply and fit the water supply pipes. You can recess the pipes into the wall and then replaster or tile over them. However, they must be protected with a waterproof covering.
- Fit the shower head and spray. For a separate shower enclosure, fit the base shower tray and waste fittings.
- Connect the supply pipes to the shower valve. An adaptor with a female screw thread (copper to iron) may be needed.
- Restore the water supply and check the piping for leaks. Tighten any joints as necessary.
- Fit screening panels and seal the joints between the wall and screening and the shower tray.