Are you considering changing your shower slider or purchasing a new one for the first time? There are many bathroom fixture options out there so it can be confusing to try and work out which one is right for you. Some bathrooms are a little more complicated than others, have a lot of different components or have some complexities around installation so it can be a little bit difficult for people trying to find the right product to work it which one works for your situation. To make things easier, check out our helpful guide on installing and changing your shower slider.
What is a shower slider?
A shower slider is basically what you might expect, it is a shower head on a sliding bar, allowing for height adjustment. This is a great solution for households with a number of different individuals who have different needs. Installing new bathroom fixtures can be a great way to ensure that everyone has the most comfortable, enjoyable bathing experience possible.
How do you install a shower slider?
A shower slider is actually much easier to install than you might expect. In many cases, there is no drilling required and it is a great replacement for fixed showerheads. When installing a new fixture, you should first ensure that you have the right equipment available including pliers, a towel, a level and masking tape. It is a good idea to include an adhesive pad on the tile instead of drilling the sliding bar into your wall – just beware that it can take a day or two for the adhesive to properly set to the wall.
The next thing you should do is get your old shower head off the wall. This involves using your pliers to unscrew the existing equipment from the piper by unscrewing it counterclockwise. If you want to avoid doing any damage to the equipment, then cover the prongs of your pliers up with a cloth or towel as this can help protect it from damage or tarnishing. Upon removal, set aside the fixture.
Once you take the fixture off the wall, make sure you get rid of any leftover tape or putty on the wall. You should also check inside the pipe for any dropped washers. The next thing you need to do is install your new fixture which will take the place of your old fixture. Before you install make sure the space around your pipe is dry and that there is no debris present. With your shower slider you should have a template or instructions which will tell you where to position your rail – usually, it will be slight aligned left or right from the pipe, a level can help you to keep it straight.
Next, tape down your template and hold the bathroom fixture up to confirm that the positioning is right. Once you have the positioning right apply your adhesive and place your shower slide, hold it down for a while to get it to stay in place. Once you have installed your new showerhead, give it at least 12 hours before you turn the water on. Once the shower slide has properly adhered to your wall, place the head onto the rail and install the bracket. Once everything is in place screw in the hose onto the pipe and put the handle into the bracket. The hose of the fixture is fed through your main water line.
Once your shower slider has been properly installed adjust it to the height that best suits you and test it out.