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How to install a shower

If you have an older style mains-fed shower, you’ll understand the uncomfortable sensation of the water turning freezing cold should someone else flush a toilet or run the hot tap! Installing a thermostatic shower does away with this inconvenience by allowing you to preset a temperature that it will then maintain. For a luxury new shower, consider using Bathroom Furniture Northern Ireland from https://bathline-bathrooms.com/ Here are some things you’ll need to install your own thermostatic shower:

Some Pipe cutters for plastic and copper pipe

A Pencil

A tape measure

Some Dust sheets

An adjustable spanner

A tile drill

A spirit level

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Once you’ve established where you’ll be getting the water from (over the bath taps or for a separate cubicle, the nearest hot and cold pipes), you should turn off the stopcock and open the hot and cold taps to drain away excess water.

Attach your pipework to the hot and cold supplies and run them towards the shower, making sure you have them on the correct sides. Remember to use pipe inserts at joints to prevent any deforming of the plastic piping. Place stopends on the end of the pipes, turn the stopcock back on and check for any signs of leakage.

Mark the amount of outlet pipe needed to position the valve flush to the wall. Cut the pipes to length and mark the points for drilling so you can install the thermostatic valve. For tile drilling, you’ll need a diamond tipped tile drill.

Line up the shower valve with the supply pipes, making sure they fully slide into the pipes. Screw the valve into position on the wall and tighten up with a spanner. Check for any leaking by the inlet pipes.

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The water reaches the head of the shower from the thermostatic valve via a traditional flexible hose or a solid riser pipe. For a flexible hose configuration, you just need to connect it all and attach the bracket to the wall for holding the shower head. For a solid riser pipe, you might need to cut it down to size depending on your ceiling height.

Tape the top bracket to the wall at the height you want your shower head to sit. Measure between the bottom of the bracket and the top nut on the valve and cut with a pipe cutter.

Cut a bit longer than necessary as a trial, as it’s easier to adjust than if you cut too short. Ensure the pipe is vertical using the spirit level and mark the position for the holes for the top mounting bracket.

Fit your riser and tighten nuts at both the top and bottom. Run the shower before you use it to check for any issues and leaks. Test your new thermostatic valve by setting the temperature and running the water, checking that the temperature remains constant.


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