Converting Hand-Held shower to Shower Head

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Vatch, Jun 30, 2007.

  1. Vatch

    Vatch New Member

    Jun 30, 2007
    Hi: I have a hand-held shower and would like to change it to both a stationary shower head and a hand-held shower. I saw at the local hardware store that I can buy a control piece that can be attached to a goose neck to allow me to have both the shower head and the hand-held. However, I don't know what I need to do to remove what I have and install the goose neck. I am guessing the piece that I need to remove and replace by the goose neck is in the pictures below. Do I stick something in the hole and turn it like I would with the faucet spout ? Then, do I simply get a goose neck and screw it in ? Vatch
  2. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    I expect that right now you have a standard angled shower arm coming out from the wall. Grab that with a 12" channel lock and gently try to unscrew it. The one pitfall of this is that if it is old and badly corroded, it could break off. But most of the time, it will unscrew OK. Then you will have to measure and possibly by trial and error determine what length of straight 1/2" IPS brass nipple you need to use to attach that shower fitting flush to the wall.

    That is a nice unit. Plan on using some teflon tape or pipe joint compound on the theads of the new nipple.
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  4. markts30

    markts30 Commercial Plumber

    Sep 25, 2006
    Commercial Plumber
    Phoenix, AZ
    use a piece of tape or marker on the shower arm to mark finished wall before undoing it and you will have a ready-made measurement of how long a nipple it will take to reach finished wall - then just add enough to get the end of the niple out to wherre you want it...
    (if the nipple was 4" into the wall and you want finished to be 1 1/2" out, use a 5 1/2" nipple...)
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