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Install a shower faucet

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    Beginner Do-It-Yourselfer - Easy
    Intermediate Do-It-Yourselfer - Moderate
    Experienced Do-It-Yourselfer - Difficult
    Professional - Expert
  • Completion Time : 1 Day

Most bathrooms these days have a water-saving shower as well as a bath. Three varieties of shower faucets are available: single-handle (one handle controls everything), dual-handle (one handle to control hot and cold water and a diverter handle to redirect water coming in to the faucet to the shower head) and three-handle (hot water, cold water, and diverter). This is a new-construction project for installing a single-handle shower faucet. Installation takes less than two hours. Basic plumbing and woodworking skills are required, since you’ll need to install the shower wall covering once the pipes are connected.

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Tools and materials required

TOOLS

  • Allen keys
  • Basin wrench
  • Adjustable wrench
  • Adjustable pliers
  • Slip joint pliers
  • Circle cutter (hole saw)
  • Copper soldering torch
  • Star screwdriver

MATERIALS

  • 1 90º elbow for the shower spout
  • 1 drop ear elbow, ½" TPT × ½"
  • 4 female threaded pipe adapters
  • Shower faucet, head and spout set
  • polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) tape 
  • Soldering coil
  • Solder paste
  • Steel wool or sandpaper
  • Small steel brush   

Before Assembly

WATER SUPPLY PIPES

You can connect your shower pipes using either copper pipes or PEX plastic pipes. Copper pipes will require soldering. Although PEX pipes are easy to install and do not require soldering, water pressure may be compromised since the metal rims are secured inside the pipes, thus reducing the diameter.

PEX tubing cannot be connected directly to the hot water tank or exposed to a significant source of heat.

The following project proposes using both copper and PEX.

 

ADVICE

To facilitate access to your plumbing in order to make adjustments or carry out repairs, we recommend making a trap door in the wall.

The project below is restricted to the installation of a shower or bathtub-shower faucet. Details concerning shower stall or ceramic tile installation are not included.

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