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How do I convert my overhead handheld to a shower?

In order to convert your overhead handheld to a shower, you will need to purchase a shower arm that is compatible with your overhead existing shower head. This shower arm will typically be labeled as a “handheld and overhead” shower arm.

Be sure to measure the arm and connection before you purchase to make sure you have chosen the one that fits your shower head.

Once you have purchased the new shower arm, you’ll need to install it. Shut off the water to the shower and remove the old arm and shower head. Then, you’ll need to determine the wall type as this will affect your installation methods.

For example, if you have drywall you’ll need to use special screws that go into metal studs.

Once you’ve secured the new shower arm to the wall, you can install the shower head. Make sure you follow all the instructions to carefully secure it in place.

Once you have installed the new shower arm and secured the shower head, you can turn the water back on and voilà – you now have a newly converted overhead handheld shower!

Can you attach a hand-held shower to a tub faucet?

Yes, it is possible to attach a hand-held shower to a tub faucet. First, you will need to purchase an adjustable shower arm that fits your specific tub faucet. Mounting brackets are typically included with this purchase.

To attach the shower arm to the faucet, shut off water for the tub and unscrew the decorative cap that covers the plumbing. You may need to also remove a diverter knob to access the plumbing. Then, thread the bracket onto the plumbing and secure it with nuts and washers.

Finally, connect the adjustable shower arm onto the bracket and follow the manufacturer’s instructions from there. Make sure to attach a shower hose and head before turning the water back on. Although attaching a hand-held shower to a tub faucet is a doable project, consider consulting a professional if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.

How do you install an overhead shower head?

Installing an overhead shower head is an easy do-it-yourself project that can improve the look of your bathroom. Here are the steps to follow:

1. Turn off the main water supply and drain the pipes before starting.

2. Remove the existing showerhead. Wrap the fitting with a rag to prevent further damage. Loosen the nut and remove.

3. Inspect the existing threads, and if necessary, clean them up with a pipe cleaner.

4. Wrap the threads of the arm and fitting with teflon tape, then secure the arm and showerhead onto the shower wall.

5. Hand-tighten the fitting, then use a wrench to tighten it just enough to ensure a secure connection, but be careful not to over-tighten.

6. Turn the main water supply back on and check for any leaks. If no leaks, you’re good to go!

7. Check for any hot or cold water variations, starting with the highest setting to ensure everything is working correctly.

8. Enjoy your new overhead shower head!

Do you need a diverter valve for a handheld shower?

Whether or not you need a diverter valve for your handheld shower will depend both on the type of shower setup you have and the type of diverter valve you would like to install. If you have a combination shower setup (with both a handheld shower and a stationary shower head), you will need to install a diverter valve to switch between the two.

The type of diverter you will need is dependent on your shower setup; for example, if you have three separate showers within your bathroom, you may need a three-way diverter valve. On the other hand, if you only have two showers, then a two-way diverter valve may be more suitable.

It is important to speak to a professional in order to ensure that you purchase the right type of valve for your setup.

What is the difference between a shower diverter and a shower valve?

A shower diverter is a plumbing component used to control the flow and pressure of water in a shower or bathtub. It diverts the water from the faucet to the shower head, hand shower, or tub spout. The diverter is usually located within the tub or shower’s water inlet valve, which is usually a separate component from the tub shower valve.

A shower valve, on the other hand, is the main control mechanism for the water flow in a shower or bathtub. It is usually located behind the wall and contains a knob, lever, or wheel that controls the water’s on and off, as well as its temperature and pressure.

A shower valve is essential for controlling the flow of water safely and efficiently, and it is necessary for the installation of fixtures such as a showerhead and hand shower. It is frequently combined with a diverter valve to control both the water pressure and its flow of the different elements in the shower system.

How much does it cost to put in a shower diverter?

The cost to install a shower diverter will depend on several factors, including the complexity of the installation, labor costs, and parts needed. Some basic diverter installations can range from $50-$100, while more complex installations can cost up to several hundred dollars.

Labor costs for a diverter installation can also vary significantly depending on the experience level of the plumber and the size of the job. Generally, smaller jobs may cost as little as $75, while large jobs can range up to a few hundred dollars.

On top of labor costs, the amount of parts and materials needed to complete the installation will also affect the cost. Parts and materials can range from a few dollars for a simple kit to over $50 for a more elaborate diverter setup.

Overall, the total cost of installing a shower diverter will depend on the complexity of the installation, labor costs, and the amount of parts and materials needed.

What is a shower diverter kit?

A shower diverter kit is a device that is installed in the shower arm of a shower fixture. It allows you to divert water from the showerhead to another function. Examples of this could be a handheld showerhead, a body sprayer, or a separate spout for a tub filler.

Shower diverter kits come in numerous styles and with a variety of features such as stops, trim and temperature control. They can be installed by a professional or a novice and make it easier to switch between the various functions.

A majority of the kits on the market come with all components needed for a complete installation or most of the components, with plumbing supplies such as a shower handle, flange, and nuts and washer included as well.

Can you remove a shower diverter valve?

Yes, you can remove a shower diverter valve. It is relatively simple, however, it is important to turn off all water to the shower before beginning to ensure safety. To start, remove the shower handle and the trim, which is the piece that surrounds the spout.

There are usually screws behind the trim that need to be taken out. Once the screws have been removed, the diverter valve should come free. If not, there might be a nut or clamp that is holding it in place.

It is important to consult a professional or the manufacturer instructions if you are having trouble removing the valve or if the valve seems to be stuck in the wall. If all goes well, the new diverter valve should slip right into place when reinstalling, and the remaining pieces should follow the same steps in reverse.

What are the different types of shower diverters?

Each with its own purpose and advantages. The most common type is the three-way diverter, which allows users to choose between the tub spout and the showerhead. This is the most common type of diverter used in homes, as it allows for the most flexibility and convenience.

Another type is the two-way diverter, which only allows water to be sent to either the showerhead or the tub spout. This type of diverter is ideal for those who only need occasional access to the tub or shower, and is also more cost-effective.

The last type of diverter is the toggle diverter. This type of diverter is designed for those who need to control the exact temperature of the water coming out of the spout. This is a more specialized option and requires a little more effort to operate, but can be a great choice for those who need to control the exact temperature of the water coming out of their taps.

All of these diverters can be found in many different styles and finishes, allowing users to choose the perfect look for their bathroom. Whatever type of diverter you choose, it’s important to make sure it is compatible with your shower system for maximum efficiency and convenience.

Are shower head arms universal?

No, shower head arms are not universal. Different shower heads have different types of arms, which can vary in size, shape, and length. Some arms are designed to be used specifically with certain types of shower heads, while others may be more versatile and able to be used with different types of shower heads.

Before purchasing a new arm, be sure to check the specifications of both the arm and shower head to ensure they are compatible. If you’re still unsure, you should contact a local plumber or hardware store for advice.

Do all shower heads fit shower arms?

No, not all shower heads fit all shower arms. The size and threading of shower arms can vary between brands, so it is important to measure the diameter and thread size of both part before attempting to connect them.

Threads can be standard or tapered, and there are numerous diameter sizes available for both shower arms and shower heads. If a shower head is too small for the shower arm it may not secure properly and could cause water to leak from the joint.

If a shower head is too large for the shower arm it may not fit at all. It’s important to get the right measurements and sizes to ensure a proper fit and connection between the shower arm and shower head.

What is the standard size shower arm?

The standard size shower arm is typically 7-8 inches in length and has a 1/2 inch male NPT thread that fits a showerhead or other shower accessory. The most common arm materials are brass or chrome-plated brass.

Depending on where you live, some local codes for shower arm specifications require specific length, material, and other design requirements to meet local plumbing codes.

Do you have to shut off water to replace shower arm?

Yes, you have to shut off the water to replace a shower arm. Before starting, locate the shut off valve for your shower and turn off the water. You usually need to shut off the water supply valve for the entire house if the shut off valve for your shower is not accessible or does not work.

If you can’t find the shut off valve, you can turn off the main water supply valve to the house. Once you have shut off the water, begin unscrewing the old shower arm and remove it. After the old shower arm is out, put in a new shower arm.

The new shower arm should fit in the existing hole of the old one, but you may need to use a sealant or plumber’s tape to make a water tight seal. When the new shower arm is in place, turn the water supply back on and check for any leaks.

What is the arm of the shower head called?

The arm of the shower head is usually referred to as the shower arm. This is the pipe or tube that connects the shower head to the wall mounted plumbing fixture. It is typically the first part of the shower assembly that you will see when you look up into the shower.

The shower arm is available in different lengths, depending on the height of your shower and the type of shower head you are using. Depending on the design, the shower arm may include threads, mounting plates, nuts and washers for easy installation.

Are shower arms different sizes?

Yes, shower arms can come in a variety of different sizes. Different models of shower arms have different sized arms with different flow rates. Many shower arms have arms that measure around 8 inches in diameter, but some have much larger sizes like 10, 12, or even 14 inches.

The diameter affects the water pressure as a large diameter arm will have a higher flow rate than a smaller diameter arm. The number of water sprays and the angle of the shower head spray also affect how the water will hit you, so when selecting a shower arm, you should pay attention to the number of sprays, the arm size, and the angle of the spray.