How to – The Ultimate Guide: Shower Installation

The toughest decisions are made while taking a shower. It’s the only moment we are able to think of nothing but ourselves. We even think of it as the only time to dream because outside that bathroom door is what we call reality. Well, why not make the most of it? We all want a perfect shower design, don’t we? How about we choose the shower design of our dreams? You may have considered those curbless showers that do not have the standard tub and shower unit – instead offering a walk-in design that appeal to a variety of people. Whatever it is that you’ve been dreaming of, always check and see what appeals you the most. After which, what’s our next step? Well, time to install it so that we can start enjoying it.

The Guide. After choosing the shower you want and you’re ready to put it in, keep a shower installation guide nearby just in case you run into problems. While the prospect of installing the plumbing, drain and shower base may seem difficult, even a novice DIY can probably tackle this project in a few days with standard plumbing tools and materials. As long as you know the basics of joining pipes together, you can install a shower successfully. The floor drain of the tub enables tubs and shower stalls to enter the stack at or below floor level. You can position fixtures on branch drains because they have a low rating. In order to install the shower faucet and showerhead, you will have to open the wall to access the pipes. Due to the extreme weight of a bathtub, make sure you have adequate wood framing to support the weight – check applicable building codes as well before you proceed. A shower stall requires a minimum of 1,024 square inches of floor space as well as two additional feet surrounding the stall between other fixtures.

Professional Assistance. If you run into trouble with your installation, call a professional plumber to provide assistance. The damage that can occur from faulty pipe installation or leaks can be extensive and it’s not worth the risk if you detect problems. Sometimes unfortunate accidents can happen in the bathroom that can break a new shower.


1.      Basic plumbing tools

2.      Right angle drill

3.      Hole saw.

4.      Hot and cold supply lines

5.      Install a pipe that connects the showerhead

6.      Mixing valve for the showerhead

7.      You may also want to consider installing air chambers (An air chamber absorbs pressure surges, which may reduce knocking sounds in the plumbing.)


  1. Put the pipes in place
  2. Install the tub and anchor the flange to surrounding studs.
  3. Connect the drain with the tub overflow and tub drain.
  4. Connect the hot and cold water lines through the mixing valve and then up to the showerhead.
  5. Before you replace the wall, turn on the water pressure and assess the pipes for leaks at all connections.
  6. Use moisture resistance drywall for best results and seal all joints with silicone caulk to prevent damage from leaks.
  7. Place the tub spout, faucet handles and showerhead in place. Use pipe joint compound and thread seal tape at all connection points to eliminate leaks in your shower plumbing.

Once you finish the shower installation, you can enjoy your new shower for many years. The style and elegance of the new shower can improve your own experience as well as improve the value of your home!

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