Valve placement in shower- how important is it to minimize elbows?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by staceyneil, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. staceyneil

    staceyneil New Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    cumberland foreside, maine
    Hi all-

    I understand that every bend in supply affects the (pressure? ) output at the shower head....

    In our shower layout, we much prefer to have the thermostatic valve and two volume controls stacked in a column arrangement. It just looks a lot nicer in the space. But that will require more bends from valve to shower head and handshower. Specifically, in that arrangement 4 bends to main shower head and 5 to hand shower. if we arrange the valves differently, we reduce the number of elbows to 3 each, but it doesn't look as good.

    Will we notice a difference?
  2. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

    Aug 31, 2004
    Cave Creek, Arizona

    Install the valves the way you like the looks and pipe them using whichever fittings it takes. You will not notice any difference, since there will not be any. And even if there were, what would you compare it with to find out how much?
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  4. geniescience

    geniescience Homeowner

    Nov 27, 2005
    humid summers hot, humid winters cold
    Not at all.
    The numbers of bends is not important, when you are talking about only one more.
    Even when your pressure is bad.

  5. staceyneil

    staceyneil New Member

    Mar 2, 2007
    cumberland foreside, maine

    Thank you guys!!! That is great news :)
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