While warm baths are a great way to relax, power showers, such as an electric shower, are also a great way to relax and freshen up. Regular showers and power showers are hygienically safer than bathing and use less water. While the installation is as simple as connecting to a cold and hot water main in the home, it's highly advisable to have an electrician double check the installation and make the final connection as all power showers are connected to the home's main electricity circuit.
Things You'll Need
- Shower unit
- Masking tape
- Electronic detector
- Masonry bit set
- Reciprocal saw
- 15mm compressed tee fixing
- Adjustable wrench
- Pipe cutter
- Screwdriver set
Switch off the fuse box or circuit breaker in the basement or utility room. Decide where you would like to locate the shower unit and shower handset. Remove the front cover of the water heater and place it on the wall. Trace the heater with a pencil being sure to mark all holes, copper pipes points, and electrical cables points or use masking tape for tiled walls so that you can see the marks you made with the pencil.
Check for cables and wires in the wall using an electronic detector. Check to make sure that the marks you made are horizontal and vertical before drilling the fixing holes in the wall with a drill. Bury the electrical cables from the water heater in the wall either vertically or horizontally in the middle of the switch and unit for extra safety.
Drill holes in the wall or ceiling for the pipes and cable using a drill or reciprocal saw if needed. Make the hole for the shower rail using the wall bracket or sliding rail as the outline. Turn the main stopcock off and run the cold tap until it is dry before connecting the copper pipe to the rising main using a 15mm compressed tee fixing and an adjustable wrench.
Using the reciprocal saw or drill, cut a long hole in the wall at the main's pipe to accommodate the compressed fitting. Place the new copper pipe in the third arm on the tee. Place a stop valve close to the tee to make repairs if necessary. Turn the stop valve off and reconnect the house's cold water supply. Fix a flexible hosepipe over the copper pipe's end.
Open the valve to flush the new pipe and check for leaks. Shut off the stop valve and connect the copper pipe to the bottom of the heater unit using an elbow pipe, nut and sealing olive with an adjustable wrench. Open up the stop valve you installed and look over everything to make sure there are no leaks. Turn the stop valve off.
Tips & Warnings
- Be sure to check the kilowatt rating when looking at different power showers. Higher kilowatt ratings will mean more power but at the same time will mean more electricity usage so in order to bypass this potential high utility bill look for a low power option or economy setting option.
- Failing to have an electrician double check the insulation and making the final connection can result in an electrical death or injury from an improper installation.
- Photo Credit shower image by Ekaterina Shvigert from Fotolia.com
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