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Old 11-20-2011, 07:12 PM   #1
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I am rebuilding a bathtub/shower. We replaced the tub with a better soaker tub that is 19" high. The floor of the tub is no more than 2" above the floor. We are both about 5'8 and are wondering how high the shower head should be? The plumber came in and raised the head and pipes about 1.5" and now it is @83" above the floor. This seems too high. (They head has always seemed way to high.)

We plan on either going 63" above the tub with tile (6x10+3) or 73". since the tub is 19" high that means if we go with 63" of tile, the head will be just a little over an inch above the tile. If we add a 3" ribon of small stone that would put the head in the bullnose... yuch.

We also realize that later someone taller than us might move in. What height should we ask the plumber to move the head to?

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....and the most annoying thing is when the shower head (either in a home or hotel) is set too low!

I think you should set it for the height that's comfortable for you both, when it's too high you lose pressure and the shower experience really changes. Keep in mind that the hole in the wall where the pipe comes out isn't key here, it's the actual end of the shower head, which you (and subsequent owners) have some control over b/c of the length of the goose neck and thickness/length of the actual shower head.

My shower head is about 6 inches or so from the top of my head, FWIW, and it works fine.

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All right, let's settle this "shower head height" problem once and for all!

First of all, all plumbers from the 60's and 70's were short people. That is why these shower heads are at my nose level (I'm tall!)

Lately plumbers have been taller and have been installing them higher...

Anyway how about a compromise between us tall people and shorter people... That is in the wall, install a "T" at the lower height you prefer, then continue the pipe up a little, then install a 90 degree elbow, then plug that.

Then you could have the shower head lower for now, then just move it up and move the plug down if you decide to sell the house in the future. Point out to potential buyers that there is an adjustable height shower head!
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Put it high and install a shower arm to meet your height- simple. Don't over think this.
Better yet, put the outlet in the ceiling and use a rain head.
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I always install at 78" above tub floor, unless the homeowner specifies something different.
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If it is too high maybe you can jack the house up about six inches
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what VIPlumber said
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Funny about jacking up the house. Why not just wear platform shoes in the shower or use a step ladder.

Funny about the shower arm... I was using a water filter, shower arm and then head on a hose. The water pressure is low and it makes it hard to get all the soap off. Included a pic with the work done so far. The black line is 63" of tile, the green one is 73" of tile. Again the pipe is comming out of the wall at just over 83" off the floor. I was thinking about lowering it about 6 inches or so to below the bull nose tile If I tile to the lower line. That would be about 77-78" which is the height for a 6'3" person according to theory.
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all joking aside, 78" is the rule of thumb as mentioned before. Whatever you decide, take into consideration the trim ring that goes on the shower arm. You do not want that have on - half off the tile.

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