Installing a new shower head.
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In the past shower accessories have been really expensive and to achieve that amazing rain shower or replacement for a tricky electric shower was a bit daunting. With the internet and the information that is now available it is now possible to really offer an easy way to change your old shower head.
The range that is really popular is the ShowerKING brand as it offers a really price competitive solution for lots of different types of shower products. Please check out the range on our website and upgrading that shower arm, hose or low flow shower head is easy and a simple way to either modernise or replace tired parts.
So just how easy is it too change a shower head?
In terms of general home improvements, if you can undo something then you are pretty much qualified. This is one task which you can do yourself to save money. Shower heads and shower hoses can be loosened by turning anti-clockwise and tightened clockwise. You may need an adjustable wrench or a pair of slip-joint pliers to undo the old one, but some are just hand tight. For this job depending on shower pressure you shouldn't even need to use plumbers tape or silicone sealant. The rubber or plastic washer should do a comprehensive job of making the seal. You should always follow the manufacturer's directions for specifics.
For installation the main thing to find out is what type of head you actually have. There are a few different types and they are as follows.
Fixed Shower head - These are as the name suggests not adjustable and fixed to either way or ceiling. This can be directly or with a short bit of bend or straight pipe. The shower head can come in a number of shapes and styles but they all have the same 1/2 inch connection. The hose or pipe is also concealed or fixed and cannot be adjusted. The best heads for fixed showers are Drench, Nimbus, Deluge but in depending on where the head is fixed and what style you want, you can use any heads that we have in the range.
Riser rail and head - This is where there is a sliding riser rail and is widely used on electric showers, like Triton, Aqualisa and Mira. The head really started out its life as an over bath shower and then migrated up the wall using a riser rail. The best new shower head range for this option is the Spectrum, Ecomax, Finesse and Elise.
Bath shower mixer taps - This is the option that was very popular before the shower culture that we now have. In most cases people are limited for space but wanted a hand held shower head over a bath for hair washing. The bath shower mixer was created that allowed a diverter on the bath tap to add in a hand shower. The best heads for this are Elise, Finesse and Spectrum.
Power Showers - This is a little more complex than your standard DIY project. Although some might consider this a do-it-yourself job when it comes to the UK's laws and regulations, if you are fitting a power shower then you need to have the proper qualifications to do so. This means getting in an electrician to do the work.
Generally people want power showers because the water supply does not have enough water pressure to provide a good quality water flow output for a shower. A low flow rate is one of the main reasons people consider a power shower. One of the main issues with fitting a power shower is getting the electricity into the right location. Another problem with power showers is that they are not great in terms of water conservation. If you're looking to save money on energy bills or reduce water waste then it might be better to put up with a shower with a lesser flow rate.
Installing new fixtures - You'll find plenty of videos online detailing the simple steps for upgrading your shower head. If you are also changing other elements of your shower and need to drill into walls and specifically tiles, then be careful as it is easy to slip the drill bit on tile, potentially cracking or chipping them. Also drills have the habit of scratching fixtures and fittings if you are not careful.
So whatever you have there is a head for you. It is simple to change a head and update your tired looking one and if you do the hose at the same time it may look like you have had a new shower