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Ht Install Shower

Ht Install Shower

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HOW-TO
1Showers offer a convenient and hygienic method of washing. They are instantaneous, convenient, timesaving, economical and space saving. They can work from either a stored water supply or via a combinationboiler (mains pressure).This How-Toguide explains the installation of a basic mixer shower working off either an indirect hot andcold water supply or direct hot and mains cold water supply. Providing water and waste pipes are handy,then installing a shower cubicle is quite a straightforward project.
HOW-TO
HOW-TO INSTALLASHOWERCUBICLE
Shower trayShower cabinet dooShower controlsShower headCopper pipe and fittingsPlastic waste pipe and fittingsSawn soft wood for studding, impregnated with preservative, 50mm x 75mmSawn soft wood for supports, impregnated with preservative, 25mm x 150mmExterior-grade plywood, 18mm for shower tray support and 9mm for partitioningPVAwaterproof adhesiveSilicone sealantMasticWood-screws, countersunk and plated No. 8 1
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inWire nails, 100mmPlasterboard screws, 32mmSpirit levels, 1200mm, 600mm and 225mmClaw hammer, 16oz or 20ozFlooring or electrician’s bolster chisel, 60mmBricklayer’s bolster chisel, 100mmCombination try squareSteel tape measureRuler, 300mmHB pencil
MATERIALSTOOLS
 
HOW-TO
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Blowtorch and heatproof clothElectric drill with hammer action, plus wood and masonry bitsElectric jigsaw or hand sawMastic frame gunClub hammeJunior hacksaw2 x adjustable wrenches, 200mm and 255mmAdjustable basin spannePozidrive Nos 1 and 2 screwdriversPlain slot screwdrivers, 6mm, 8mm and 9.5mmBuilder’s trowelCraft knifeCopper tube cutteRound file, medium cutHalf round file, medium cutFrame fixings, 125mm x 8mmSolder, flux and wire woolTiles, adhesive and groutFine sand and cement for bedding down andlevelling the shower tray
TOOLSFORPLUMBINGBEFORE YOU START
Please refer toHow-To:Understand How your Water and Heating Systems; Work with Soil and WasteSystems; Work with Copper or Plastic Pipes; Build a Stud Partition Wall; Fix Ceramic Wall Tiles; Replaceor Install an Electric Shower; Install an Extractor Fan
Survey the hot and cold water systems that will feed your shower. Investigate the direction of floor and ceiling joists for fixings in the proposed shower area. You will need to know this in order to run waste pipes and find fixingpoints for the stud wall. Floor joists must not be notched to accept waste pipes. Buy your tray, screens and show-er units. Familiarise yourself with the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sketches of the shower unit with all themeasurements shown in these instructions. Plan the order of work.
WATER AND BUILDING BY-LAWS
The key water by-law concerning showers covers avoiding back-syphonage. Ashower supplied by mains pressurewater must be incapable of any back-syphonage of contaminated water into the mains supply. This could occur if the showerhead (on a flexible hose) became immersed in water and there was a sudden drop in mains pressure.To prevent back-syphonage, you must include a double-check valve in the direct hot and cold water supply pipesleading to the shower unit
(F2)
 Aflexible shower hose must be fitted with a restrictor to prevent it from danglingin the shower tray or bath
(F1Aand F1B).F1F2
 
HOW-TO
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VENTILATION
Building Regulations require that all shower areas have fan-assisted extraction. Opening the windows is not sufficient.
Excessive condensation will cause mould growth, timber decay and deterioration of decorations. All work carried
out should be in accordance with Building Regulations and IEE (Institution of Electrical Engineers) Wiring Regulations.
Extractor fans should always be located as high as possible in the wall, ceiling or window nearest the steam.They should be as far away as possible from the main source of air replacement.
See
How-To:Install an extractor fan.
ELECTRICALWIRING
Regulations stipulate that, apart from a purpose made shaver socket, mains socket outlets cannot be fitted in abathroom and that any switches for lights, showers and extractor fans must be ceiling mounted and operated bypull cords. Similar regulations are applied to a shower cubicle in a bedroom
(F3)
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WASTE PIPES AND TRAPS
Waste pipes must have a ‘fall’(slope) of 18-22mm per 1m run.Building Regulations demand that a minimum of 25mm of water is retained in the trap after loss of water due to evaporation and pressure fluctuations. To this end, a trap seal depth of 75mm is required for traps used in conjunction with the 40mm pipes used for showers. Any type of trap may be used, provided there is room to fit it. Remember to allow adequate access for maintenance.This means that either the shower tray must be raised onto a 150mm high plinth with an access trap or an accesstrap is fitted in the ceiling below. A‘P’bath trap is ideal in this situation
(F4)
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F4F3
HINT
If you need both bath and shower facilities in a small space, consider installing a shorter bath containing a built-inseat with a shower over it.

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