Diy Shower Plumbing

DIY shower plumbing involves whatever it takes to fit or install a shower of some kind in your home. Funnily enough, you don't even need a bathroom to be able to undertake a DIY shower plumbing project, because showers may even be created outdoors - provided there is running water. You don't need a bathroom to be able to install a shower; you don't even need a room! So we're going to start out by looking at what you DO need to be able to undertake a successful DIY shower plumbing project.

First and foremost, you need to have the motivation to tackle a DIY shower plumbing project. It really doesn't matter whether you have a bathroom or not - all you have to do is decide where the shower will be located. Then, you will, of course, need running water and all the fixtures, fittings and tools that it takes to plumb in the fixtures and fittings. That's about it. Water in - water out. You may not even need hot water for a shower. Think about those glorious showers on beaches all over the world, where people simply shower under fresh running water to get rid of the salt.

The Pipework for your DIY Shower Plumbing

But you do need pipework, and it needs to be the correct size, and suitable for cold and/or hot water, and for waste water. You will also need drains to remove the waste water, once it's been channeled into the drains. If you are going to use hot water, you will need some sort of hot water cylinder (or geyser) which may be heated with electricity, gas or solar power to make heat up the water. If you don't have the ability to link the pipework to the necessary heating cylinder, then consult a professional plumber to see exactly how much of the work you can do yourself.

Once you know where the shower is going to be located, you will know whether you need a shower tray or whether the water can be channeled through the bath waste pipes, via other drains, or, if it is an outdoor shower, whether you can simply let the water drain into the garden. Shower trays may be bought ready-made, or you can mould them yourself using fiberglass (spelt fibreglass in some countries) or glassfibre, or concrete. You just need to be sure there is a hole for waste-water pipework.

A good plumbing supply shop will help you choose the correct pipework, which should include a shower trap and waste pipes. Then you will need to be sure that you channel the pipework into a gully that leads to a suitable drain.

Last of all, you will need the right shower fittings that will include taps or a mixer, and a shower head, to make sure that your individual project spells success for DIY shower plumbing.


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