Fitting a Shower in the Bathroom

A ‘showery outlook’ indoors may point to one of the most invigorating ways of bathing – taking a shower. This may consist of a separate unit or an attachment to a bath. Shower cubicles can be fitted in various otherwise-unused corners of the home; you can make up a shower tray from glass fibre or from concrete.

The choice, when considering fitting a shower, is broadly between the independent shower head or the flexible shower attachment. The former can be either a fixed-height attachment on a wall or a flexible arm which can hang on a wall attachment. The flexible attachment connects to a mixer tap set.

The former requires a separate shower cubicle; the latter requires no extra facilities, beyond making provision. Against any splashing which may occur.

A shower can be provided in a space of only about 760mm2. Many bathrooms have a space where a shower facility could be sited-either by constructing a separate cubicle or fitting a ready-made one.

Frequently, apparently wasted space, such as deep cupboards or recesses beneath stairs or space on landings, can be adapted for shower cubicles. You should, of course, take into account the position of supply services, to ensure the most favourable routing of water supply and drain outlets.

Showers have many advantages over the ‘sit-down’ bath. Used in place of a bath, a shower takes less space and uses less water. It also provides a continual flow of clean water. It is quicker to take a shower than a conventional bath, and there is not the same risk of slipping as when getting out of a bath.

A purpose-made shower attachment fitted to a bath mixing set allows the flow of water to be directed either into the bath or to come from the shower head.

To restrict the spray to the bath, the area around the shower attachment snouiu be enclosed. Frames from aluminium section can be cut to fit and screens of plastic or glass fitted. You can make up your own sections and screens.

The shower cubicle consists of three fixed sides, with, usually, a curtain at the fourth. On some expensive, factory-made units, the fourth side may consist of an opening glass door.

The interior walls of a shower cubicle must be of materials which are waterproof. Surfaces can be made water repellant by waterproof surfacings or by tiles-ceramic, plastic or stainless steel. The adhesives and any grouting used must be water-proof or water will get behind the tiles and cause the surface to lift and crack.

Waterproof adhesive is also desirable, especially for floor tiling, which can consist of standard ceramic tiles, stone, or mosaic.

It is necessary to include a tray or upstand to receive the water. A precast tray of plastic or fireclay can be used. Ready-made trays incorporate a waste outlet, which is connected to a trap.

10. November 2011 by admin
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