Showers are bathroom fixtures designed to allow for bathing with sprayed water. Consisting of a showerhead with a nozzle for adjustable water pressure and a floor drain, showers are most commonly paired as fixed wall-mounted elements above a bathtub. Showerheads are also designed as hand-held hoses that can be mounted and unmounted from a wall to allow the user to spray the shower in hard to reach places. Showers are a more efficient use of water for hygienic uses than bathtubs with nearly half the water use on average.

How do you install a shower?

It is important to plan the location and kind of shower before installing. A shower unit or kit can be purchased along with pipes, sealant, and tools. First, it is necessary to remove any tiles and designate the right position for the drain hole. If needed, a frame can be built to support the stall. After making appropriate space and providing support, the pan of the shower kit can slide into place and be attached via screws. Putting in the plumbing pipes is either required at the start or near the end depending on the kind of shower installation. Any exposed framing can be covered with water-resistant drywall and secured with waterproof sealant. The installation of the sides and door (depending on the chosen type of shower) come last and can be adhered with the sealant or attached with screws.

How do you build a shower pan?

Building a shower pan begins with making a frame. It is recommended to consult a professional during this process although it is entirely feasible to construct oneself. Take measurements of the intended shower size, marking the area off. Cut 2x4 (61x121 cm) wood boards for the sides of the frame, secure its position with nails, then drill screws at the joints to secure the frame to the floor. Make a mix in accordance with the instructions from a manufacturer and pour it into the frame. After 24 hours, have the mud mix slope (¾ in or 2 cm) towards the drain and wait another three days before waterproofing and finishing.

How do you unclog a shower drain?

There are multiple methods to unclogging a shower drain, which include: pouring boiling water down the drain using a funnel, pouring baking soda and then pouring vinegar (a natural alternative to chemicals) down the drain, removing the cover and using a hook or plumber’s snake to pull the gunk out out.

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Shower Heights | Clearances
Dimensioned elevation drawings of Minimum and Seated Shower Heights and Clearances with man and woman for scale

Showers Heights and Clearances are established based on shower safety, comfort, and usability. Accommodating various user postures and movements, shower clearances consider a range of body types, ages, and skills in the placement of shower controls, grab bars, and shower heads.

Shower heads are located at a standard height of 80” (203 cm), but can be set at a minimum height of 72” (183 cm) if desired. Shower controls should be placed at a height 40”-50” (102-127 cm) above the shower floor and out of direct line of the water path to avoid being caught in extremely cold or hot water when operating. For safety, horizontal shower grab bars should be installed 33”-36” (84-91 cm) above the floor. Shower sizes vary considerably based on the floor plan, but comfortable minimal showers are commonly 42” x 36” (107 cm x 91 cm) with the flexibility to incorporate a (12” | 31 cm) seat. Shower ceilings can vary in height from 84”-120” (213-305 cm) above the floor.

Showers Heights and Clearances are established based on shower safety, comfort, and usability. Accommodating various user postures and movements, shower clearances consider a range of body types, ages, and skills in the placement of shower controls, grab bars, and shower heads.

Shower heads are located at a standard height of 80” (203 cm), but can be set at a minimum height of 72” (183 cm) if desired. Shower controls should be placed at a height 40”-50” (102-127 cm) above the shower floor and out of direct line of the water path to avoid being caught in extremely cold or hot water when operating. For safety, horizontal shower grab bars should be installed 33”-36” (84-91 cm) above the floor. Shower sizes vary considerably based on the floor plan, but comfortable minimal showers are commonly 42” x 36” (107 cm x 91 cm) with the flexibility to incorporate a (12” | 31 cm) seat. Shower ceilings can vary in height from 84”-120” (213-305 cm) above the floor.

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Shower Head Height (Standard): 80” | 203 cm
Shower Head Height (Minimum): 72” | 183 cm
Shower Control Height: 40”-50” | 102-127 cm
Grab Bar Height: 33”-36” | 84-91 cm
Shower Width (Minimum): 36” | 91 cm
Shower Depth (Minimum): 42” | 107 cm
Shower Ceiling Height: 84”-120” | 213-305 cm
Shower Depth (Seat): 54” | 137 cm
Seat Depth (Minimum): 12” | 31 cm
Seat Height: 15” | 38 cm

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