Raise showerhead

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by Woodenshoe, Feb 8, 2013.

  1. Woodenshoe

    Woodenshoe New Member

    Jun 16, 2008
    My house was build in the eighties by my wifes grandfather and the showerheads are low. Are there any couplings/extenders on the market that are recommended? The problem is that the pipe that comes out the wall already points downwards and cannot be removed without going in the wall. Any help will be appreciated!

  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona
    You have to remove the pipe from the wall, but that is a minor issue. Then, there are MANY, "riser" shower arms which will elevate the head. Some use an adjustable swivel joint, while others are "S" shaped.
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  4. jadnashua

    jadnashua Retired Defense Industry Engineer xxx

    Sep 2, 2004
    Retired Systems engineer for defense industry.
    New England
    Almost all shower arms thread into a fitting, and you should be able to unscrew it. Now, if they failed to anchor that fitting in the wall, that could be problematic as it might move once you get the old one out, and lining up a new one may be very difficult to then screw it in. If it is stable, you can't pull it out, it should be doable. Otherwise, you'd need to either tear up the wall, or access it from behind, which may be easier to repair.

    Another possibility is to screw on a hose, mount a bar on the wall, and use a handheld.
  5. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa DIYer, not in the trades

    Feb 6, 2011
    NW Ontario, Canada
    +1 on that suggestion.
  6. johnjh2o1

    johnjh2o1 Plumbing Contractor for 49 years

    Aug 9, 2009
  7. SteveW

    SteveW DIY Senior Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    Omaha, NE
    I'm tall so I'm familiar with this problem!

    If you don't want to use a hose and handheld shower head as suggested, another way to go is to carefully unscrew the typical "bent" shower arm, and find a straight one to replace it with. Then, if you find a good showerhead with a swivel joint, you can sometimes get the head up high enough to work well.

    If not, go with the "S" shower arm as HJ discussed above. They do work well to get the showerhead up high, but they sometimes will want to turn a bit from side to side.

    You can also do as I did and combine an "S" shower arm with a handheld shower head like Delta for the ultimate flexibility and height.
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