Installation of a Shower Slide Bar

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Designed to mount vertically on the wall of the shower and provide an attachment point for the shower head, shower slide bars allow people of different heights to adjust the shower head to their own personal preference. While bars and shower heads can be purchased separately, kits are available that include the shower slide bar, a prefitted shower head and hose assembly and all mounting hardware. Most do-it-yourself types can install a shower slide bar in just a few minutes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Medium-grade steel wool
  • Clean cloth
  • Stud finder
  • Erasable pen
  • Tape measure
  • Shower slider bar kit
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Silicone caulk
  • Screwdriver or socket wrench
  • Liquid pipe dope

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  1. 1

    Remove the existing shower head from the water pipe, using a wrench. Do this first so the shower head will not be in your way as you are working. Clean the threads of the water pipe thoroughly with steel wool and wipe the threads clean with a cloth.

  2. 2

    Locate a mounting stud by running the stud finder across the wall where you wish to install the slide bar. Mark the stud location with the pen.

  3. 3

    Determine the range of the heights for which you want the shower head to be able to be adjusted. This is best accomplished by mounting the top of the bar at the height of the tallest person who will be using the shower. For example, if the tallest person is 6 feet tall, measure and mark a height of 6 feet from the bottom of the shower stall along the wall stud.

  4. 4

    Align the slide bar template from the kit at the marks you made with the pen along the wall stud, and mark the mounting holes though the template with the pen. If a template is not available, place the slide bar along the marks of the stud and mark through the mounting holes of the slide bar.

  5. 5

    Drill out the mounting holes. If you are drilling through tile, be sure to use a drill bit designed for cutting through masonry, or the tile will likely split.

  6. 6

    Fill the drilled holes with silicone sealant, and align the mounting holes in the slide bar with the drilled holes on the wall. Attach the slider bar with the mounting bolts or screws, using a socket wrench or screwdriver.

  7. 7

    Attach the shower head to the slide bar according to the manufacturer's instructions.

  8. 8

    Apply a thin coat of pipe dope to the threads on the water pipe with the applicator brush in the can. Connect the hose from the new shower head to the water pipe, using a wrench. Allow the pipe dope to cure according to the manufacturer's instructions before you test the shower head.

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