How to Connect a Hand-Held Shower to a Tub Spout

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How to Connect a Hand-Held Shower to a Tub Spout
Attaching a hand-held shower to your tub spout is simple and rewarding. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A hand-held shower attachment connected to the bathtub spout is an easy way to get the benefits of a shower if your bathtub isn't set up with a shower head. If you don't want to tear out the wall to install one, you have a couple of ways to attach the hose. One is quicker but not as effective. The other is harder to do but provides a more reliable shower.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Quick-attach hand-held shower hose and nozzle
  • Shower diverter kit and replacement tub spout.
  • Hammer handle
  • Teflon pipe tape
  • Pipe wrench

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  1. 1

    Open the easy-connect hand-held shower head kit. Attach the head assembly to the threaded end of the hose.

  2. 2

    Attach the shower head caddie bracket to the wall in a convenient place. Mount it where it can also be used as a fixed hands-free shower head. Make sure the hose will reach the tub spout with room to spare. The bracket will attach with screws or rubber suction cups.

  3. 3

    Hook the shower head to the bracket in position.

  4. 4

    Slip the other end of the hose over the end of the bathtub spout. Make sure the rubber seal fastens securely.

  5. 5

    Turn on the faucet to test the shower head. Don't kink the hose or obstruct water flow through the hose or the pressure can blow the hose off the end of the tub spout.


  1. 1

    Check to see that you can remove your tub spout. A hammer handle or big screwdriver inserted into the end of the spout will give you leverage to unscrew the spout. Turn the spout counterclockwise.

  2. 2

    Wrap the pipe threads the spout was attached to with Teflon pipe tape.

  3. 3

    Attach the diverter assembly to the pipe. Wrap more Teflon tape to the threads for the spout.

  4. 4

    Screw the spout to the diverter assembly and run some water through it to test it. Don't test the diverter valve yet or water will spray straight up at the ceiling.

  5. 5

    Screw the hand-held hose assembly to the riser valve on the diverter -- the pipe that goes straight up. Attach the shower head caddie bracket that came with the hose assembly to the wall with rubber suction cups or screws. Put the shower head in the bracket and test the diverter valve to make sure the shower head works.

Tips and warnings

  • Most diverter assemblies that have a valve outside the wall come with a shower riser pipe. You can replace this riser pipe with a hand-held shower head hose. Ensure the attachment end of the hose fits the riser valve nipple.
  • Another easy way to attach a shower head hose to a diverter is to attach the hose and hand-held shower head directly to the riser pipe.

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