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Old 11-20-2008, 03:38 PM   #1
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When we remove the fiberglass wrap-around shower to replace it with a tile surround, we would like to have the shower head raised. Should we contract with a plumber, if we have no experience with plumbing? Or is this something a novice "do-it-yourselfer" could mangage?

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Depends on your DIY skills. If you are into learning new things and willing to do your homework I say go for it.

It's not rocket science but you have to get it right or you will be ripping apart the wall to fix it later.

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Old 11-20-2008, 04:17 PM   #3
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Interesting...

Here's another question:

The shower head happens to be on an outside wall. If we were considering an outdoor shower, would this be the time, or does this require some kind of permit?

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Interesting...

Here's another question:

The shower head happens to be on an outside wall. If we were considering an outdoor shower, would this be the time, or does this require some kind of permit?

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That's a local issue as far as a permit. In some jurisdictions a permit is required to change a faucet.

If you are in a freeze prone area then you have to consider how you would protect it.

Then you have to think about control of the outside shower. This would require tapping into the line coming into the shower before the inside shower controls and having a separate set of controls for the outside.

But this would be the time to do that if that is what you want to do.
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Got it, thanks!
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Old 11-21-2008, 04:34 AM   #6
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Rasing the shower head is really quite easy. It basically requiers two solder joints (I am assuming that copper pipe currently exists), one at the valve, the other at the 90 where the shower head arm connects. It may actually be nearly as inexpensive to have a plumber do it at the same time you pull the existing enclosure. If you call a few of your local plumbers and explain that you want to raise the head and will have the wall open and exposed, they (actually, more likely, their apprentice/journeyman) may come out and do it for less than $75 (10 min job, not including their travel). You could also have them advise you on adding the plumbing needed for an outside shower. If you already have a torch, flux, solder, tube cutter, copper and 90 Ell, then try it yourself, but be sure to pressure test it for leaks first. This only reuires a nipple with a cap on the end.
Another option would be to leave it where it's at and use an adjustable extension arm. You can find these at most hardware or plumbing supply stores.
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Useful info, thanks!
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:34 AM   #8
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You can use CPVC and not have to solder the joint.
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Sounds like you need an offset shower head extension. It just screws into the existing threads in the wall:

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Sounds like you need an offset shower head extension. It just screws into the existing threads in the wall:

NICE!!!!! I never knew they existed. For my low income clients. thanks BOB

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