Shower head extention

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Johnny Drama, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. Johnny Drama

    Johnny Drama New Member

    Jun 30, 2008
    A couple of quick questions:

    1. Is there a reason to have the shower head extension over the tile line, or is this just a preference? I plan on retiling and the extension will come out below the tile line.

    2. Does the shower head extension pipe need to be soldered at the feeder line, or is tape on the threads sufficient?

  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Where the arm comes out of the wall relative to the tile depends on how high you extend the tile. The shower arm is installed at a generic usable height and has nothing to do with where the tile is going to be installed.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    You don't need to cut holes in your tile if it is above the tile line, but no, there is no other reason to put it higher than the tile...personally, I like it tiled to the ceiling, then you have little choice. Depends on the layout. I always thought painted surfaces in a shower area, at least on the walls, was kind of dumb.

    Pipe dope might be better than tape for the shower arm, but you should be able to get it tight enough not to move with normal use and not leak with either or both. You do not want to solder it in place!
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