Shower head pipe recessed: what do I need?



Choosing the right tub spout is easy. Once you know which kind you need, it’s a matter of personal taste. When it comes to showerheads, it comes down to the features you’d like. Once you’ve made up your mind, installation is simple. In this video, we walk you through different spouts and showerheads, as well as the things you need to consider when installing them.


To divert or not divert. That’s the question when it comes to bathtub spouts. Diverter spouts are used in tubs that also have showers, because the diversion is what creates the necessary pressure to start a shower. Non-diverter spouts don’t have that mechanism and are used in pedestal baths and other antique tubs that don’t have showers. Just choose the type and style that are right for your project. Since there are a variety of sizes, you might want to bring in your old one to make sure you get the right replacement. Installing tub spouts is pretty easy and rarely requires...

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Let me preface the rest of this article by saying I am not a plumber and I hate plumbing-related issues. In all senses of the term, I'm your average homeowner that likes to try to DIY first, then call help if that fails, then hire a professional.

The weakest part of the shower head pipe happens to be the threads (threaded nipple) that screw into the copper fitting inside of your wall. So when it snaps off, or breaks, it will almost always leave the threads inside your copper fitting. This is the problem we need to solve.

Luckily for all of us the chance that you broke the copper fitting is fairly slim.

There will be a small hole in the wall, tile, plastic frame, or whatever, right behind the metal ring on your shower head pipe (which is designed to hide the hole). If you can pull the whole pipe free, do so now.

Get a flashlight and peer in there. (Oh yeah, if you haven't turned the water off to your shower, you really should, lol.) You'll see the copper...

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There’s no such thing as a perfect shower head in the same way that there’s no such thing as the “best” hamburger or headphones: Personal preference is too great a factor for there to be any objective assessment of quality.

Still, high-end shower heads, which generally range from about $100 to more than $2,000, have some unifying characteristics that set them apart from what you’ll find at a hardware store. Companies like Dornbracht, Grohe, Hansgrohe (they’re different companies), Toto, and Zucchetti are considered superior within the industry.

But there are many different ways to transport and distribute water from pipe to human body, so to find out more about shower heads, we turned to the experts.

“They’re not a one-size its all thing,” said Herb Fogliano, a Visual Merchandise Manager for AF New York, a luxury kitchen and bath company in New York that sells fancy shower heads. “We try to match the lifestyle to the consumer.”

Maybe The Force Is With...

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Consider a walk-in shower

The popularity of the walk-in and walk-through shower has grown significantly, driven by our desire to achieve a wet-room look without the expense of tanking the floor and walls. Comprising a simple glass panel teamed with a low-profile or concealed underfloor shower tray, one end is left open allowing you to ‘walk-in’, or both ends are left open to ‘walk-through’.

Walk-in and walk-through showers are low maintenance, according to Elliot. ‘There are no hard-to-reach seals or runners, as they generally consist of simply a piece of glass sitting upon either a shower tray or a tiled and waterproofed floor,’ he explains.

They have a number of practical benefits, too. A simple panel teamed with a flush-to-floor shower tray is safe for all ages, as there is no awkward step up into the shower. ‘Future-proofing and households with three generations living under one roof are hot topics, and easy-access walk-in showers are one solution for this...

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A low flow shower head is a replacement fixture for showers. It's used to reduce the amount of water flowing through the shower's tap. Regular shower heads emit twice as much water as low flow fixture types. Low flow shower heads can reduce energy costs as well as conserve the important environmental resource of water. The two main types of low flow shower heads are aerating and non-aerating.

Aerating shower heads allow air to flow in with the water. This creates a softer, even spray. A non-aerating low flow shower head design doesn't allow air in the water stream. The result is a harder, more massaging type of water flow. Some non-aerating low flow shower heads have adjustable massage features. Installing any type of low flow shower head is usually a simple and quick process.

Low flow shower heads work to reduce and focus the water spray by controlling the size as well as the direction of the water drops. The size and shape of the holes in a low flow shower head...

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Do-It-Yourself in 1, 2, or 3 Easy Steps!

By Craig F.
December 20, 2017

Most shower heads simply screw onto the threaded end of the shower pipe. Removing the shower head is really as easy as unscrewing this connection!

To remove your old shower head, first try by hand (see Step 1). If that doesn't work, try the next step. You may need to perform all 3 steps if your shower head is really stuck onto the shower pipe.

Step 1: Remove the Shower Head By Hand

Supplies: None

Grip the shower head or the connecting nut, depending on the design of your shower head. Turn counterclockwise to unscrew and remove the old shower head. If you need more leverage, hold the shower pipe with your other hand as you turn. (Take care not to bend or move the shower pipe.)

Step 2: Use Adjustable Pliers or Wrench

If you can't remove the shower head by hand, you'll need a few basic supplies.

Supplies: Adjustable pliers or wrench, cloth rag

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[Summary]How to Change a Shower Arm Is your shower arm worn out or broken, the finish doesn't match your other fixtures, or you just want a new style? Watch as our go-to guy, Mike, shows you how to remove your old shower arm and install a brand new one. He'll


How to Change a Shower Arm

Is your shower arm worn out or broken, the finish doesn't match your other fixtures, or you just want a new style? Watch as our go-to guy, Mike, shows you how to remove your old shower arm and install a brand new one. He'll cover tips for getting your shower arm out of the wall without breaking anything and what to do if the arm does get broken, as well as the easiest way to ensure your new shower arm is properly installed and won't leak.

How to Replace a Showerhead Arm Thread Inside the Wall | Home Guides | SF Gate

Your showerhead is attached to the plumbing in the wall with a showerhead arm. This small pipe is threaded to the...

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Hmm, I take it back. That doesnt' seem to be the issue. Or, at least, when they're hooked up to hot water they still keep blinking in the utility view. (They're blinking red/blue actually, not just red.)
The boilers have a capassity of +/-30m.
You need to wire all existant pipes (electricity,large water pipe, hot pipe) to the boiler to get it working.

As far as I can tell I've done this: I have an electrical line and a large pipe going in to the boiler. I have a small pipe going out of it to the showers. The boiler itself is definitely heated and watered, and the showers the pipes go out to are definitely at least getting water.

Also, at least some of the heads are quite close, a few are only 6 or 7 squares away.

But every single one of them is still flashing red/blue in the utility...

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ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene)

What is the flame spread rating for ABS pipe?

Flame spread tests, such as the ASTM E-84 tunnel test, are designed to test the flame spread characteristics of flat surface materials, such as draperies and finish materials. Since ABS DWV piping systems are installed behind walls, under floors and above ceilings, flame spread tests are not appropriate.

What product & performance standards apply to ABS pipe and fittings?

The ASTM Standards relating to ABS for plumbing and plumbing-related applications are:

D1527 - Pipe, Schedules 40 & 80. D2235 - Solvent Cement. D2321 - Underground Installation Procedures. D2468 - Fittings, Schedule 40, Socket Type. D2661 - Schedule 40 DWV Pipe & Fittings. D2751 - Sewer Pipe & Fittings. D3212 - Elastomeric Joints for Drain and Sewer Pipes. D3965 - Rigid ABS Compounds for Pipe/Fittings. F402 - Safe...
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