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Shower: from head to bar

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Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

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A showerhead, also referred to a nozzle, is an essential element in any bathroom shower. It is able to be installed a variable heights, connected to the mixer valve with a shower hose and is fixed to the wall with the help of a bracket or an arm. Shower heads also offer different features such as massage, rain, toning, or relaxing.

Important features

  • Shower head
  • Shower hose
  • Bar and bracket
  • Elbow outlet
  • Rain shower head

From shower head to bracket: what's in a shower set

Outside the cabin itself, a shower set is composed of several essential elements:

  • mixing valve or tap that consistenly delivers water at the desired temperature;
  • shower hose  or pipe that directs the propels the perfectly heated water to the showerhead.

For increased comfort, your shower cabin can also be equipped with various accessories to customize it as you see fit. The shower's accessibility can be improved thanks to a support bar and you can also organize your bathroom, an essential step who's objective is to combine comfort and practicality. 

What are the different elements of a shower?

Shower head

An essential part of any shower cabin, a shower heads makes up, along with the mixer taps, the most elemental, yet important pieces. Connected to the shower hose, it provides enough space to move around freely. Perched upon a shower bar or shower bracket, it is secure and solid. On the current market, the competing manufacturers put their ingenuity to full use to provide showers heads with new and exciting operating modes: fine jet, massaging jet, foaming, toning, the list goes on an on. All of this, while still allowing you to save water. Some shower heads can even light up or be connected to your smartphone!

Shower hose

This is the flexible part that connects the mixing valve to the shower head. They are most commonly corruguted, but can also be found with smooth finishes. Composed primarily of plastic, or covered with a metal sheath, it is equipped with standardized fittings (1/2 inch or 15 x 21 mm) at both ends (these fittings are most often female connectors, straight or tapered). When it comes to the hose's length, you should choose one that is long enough to be brought 10 to 15 cm above the tallest user's head.

Shower bar 

Wall-mounted, it is the perfect perch for the shower head, making use of an adjustable slider. The bar's height can be anywhere from 60 to 90 cm, and it is placed in a way that allows for the shower head to be about 10 to 15 cm above the tallest user. 

The slider must match with the  shower head handle's shape perfectly. There are two types of fittings: straight and tapered.

Rain shower head 

rain shower head, or "wall-mounted" shower head, is permanently installed on a wall or ceiling and is connected to a rigid water intake, either concealed or exposed. This type of shower head is not mobile. Very stylish, the rain shower head is often prized for its aesthetic qualities and generous size and is a real asset to any shower. When it is being wall mounted, the best configuration would have you install it anywhere between 10 and 15 cm above the tallest user's head. Having the abilite to swivel is also highly practical.

Body jet shower 

A body jet shower is usually composed a set of several nozzles. Permanently installed on the sides of the shower, the various nozzles in the body jet shower can offer many different effect, be it massagingtoningstimulatingmisting and so on. The nozzles can be either fixed or adjustable. They are supplied by built-in pipes and controlled by a central mixing valve. The body jet shower's role is to provide a moment of relaxation and well-being, rather than a sanitary necessity.  


Shower arm 

If your shower head is offset from the mixing valve, the best solution is to install a shower arm. A rigid element, mounted to the wall or the ceiling, a shower arm allows the water to be transported (as the built-in pipes simply cannot reach). Its role is to shift the water from the supply point, the water intake, to the shower head where it will be dispensed. Shower arms are equipped with a standard 1/2 inch male connector (15 x 21 mm), allowing any overhead shower to be fitted.

Shower wall bracket 

If your shower is not equipped with an adjustable shower bar, a wall bracket can also be used to hold the shower head. The difference being that in this case, the height is not adjustable. The bracket needs to be installed anywhere from 10 and 15 cm above the head of the tallest user. While it is less practical than a shower bar, the wall bracket is nonetheless aesthetically pleasing and discreet.

Shower supply elbow 

A supply elbow is very similar in composition to a shower arm, except it allows for the connection of a hose, instead of the the shower head. An elbow (often at a 90° angle) also offers the possibility of transforming a horizontal supply point to a vertical connection.

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Jeremy, construction site supervisor, Cardiff

I'm a trained electrician who started off working in large-scale industrial projects. Most of my early career was spent taking on huge electrical installations. I like to think that no job is too big for me, and after all the experience I'd gained, I started managing teams of electricians.

I like to learn on the job, so around ten years ago, I moved into building and construction. As a site manager, I've overseen the building of small residences, sport facilities, and even theatres!

Working with my hands is something I love to do in my free time as well. For four years now, I've been restoring our home in the Welsh countryside. I even built a conservatory for my wife, who loves watching the sheep behind our house.

Whether it's patios, interior design, roofing, plumbing or electricity - I love giving it all a go! I've even made my family DIY converts and together we've built almost everything we have from scratch. My experience, both in the field and in my workshop, has taught me a lot and I'm happy to share what I've learned. No matter how big or small your project is, I'm here to answer your questions and help you choose the right tools and equipment.

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