Handheld shower question

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by frank19991999, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. frank19991999

    frank19991999 New Member

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    Hi,

    I want to buy this shower. What other part(s) do I need to buy ?
    Thanks

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  2. MikeG

    MikeG New Member

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    Frank - I just installed one in my bathroom remodel. If this is going to be replacing the shower head then all you should need is a brass nipple that is long enough to fit onto the ell that is behind the wall to the ell fitting for the handheld.

    If you are going to add this along with a shower head you will need a 3-way valve to divert between the shower head and hand held. Also you will need to run a separate line like the shower head with an ell. Then the same nipple as I said above.

    Finally, you'll need a ceramic bit to drill the holes and attach to the wall (assuming it is a tile wall).

    Down load the install instructions from Kohler. It was fairly straight forward for me and I'm a rank amature. :D

    Mike
  3. frank19991999

    frank19991999 New Member

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    Hi Mike,

    Actually I will replace a bathtub with a ceramic shower see the attached pic

    thanks

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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    You need a shower control valve. Depending on the brand you buy, it may come as a rough-in valve, and then your choice of trim (handle and eschuteon sp?). Sometimes, they are all in a kit. The control valves come in pressure balance or temperature controlled.
  5. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Let me get this straight, if I am understanding properly. You intend to replace a tub with a shower, including the valve, but do not even know what you need to install that shower hose? I see a disaster in the making.
  6. frank19991999

    frank19991999 New Member

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    Hi,

    Thanks for your answers. It was one of those thermo vs pressure balance confusion.

    Frank
  7. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

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    Both types of valves end up performing the same thing - preventing you from being scalded if the incoming water volume/temp changes; they just do it differently. One adjusts between hot and cold balance by use of a thermostatic control, the other, you move a lever to the place you want, and if the pressure changes the flow, it shuts down part of the flow to keep the balance the same (and thus, in theory) the temperature. The temperature controlled valve will adjust as you start to run out of hot water, or from season to season as the cold water changes (as in winter to summer). A quality valve can be set to your ideal temperature and left there winter to summer; a pressure balance one can't. Where I live, the winter incoming cold water approaches freezing, while summer can be in the 60's.
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