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How to add a handheld shower to an existing fixed straight arm rain shower

bilcruise
Junior Contributor

How to add a handheld shower to an existing fixed straight arm rain shower

Hi guys,

 

I am really keen to add a handheld to this shower system. Did some googling and found that what needs to be done is to add a shower diverter that can control the flow and to allow the attachment of both the existing rain shower head and a handheld shower.

 

Is this correct? The resources I found was for people in the US though, so not sure how things are in AU (I am a novice when it comes to DIY). Can you recommend any products that are available at Bunnings?

 

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EricL
Bunnings Team Member
Bunnings Team Member

Re: How to add a handheld shower to an existing fixed straight arm rain shower

Hi @bilcruise

 

You can achieve the same effect with these parts. I recommend using the Flexispray Chrome Plated Economy Flow Switch. This is the main diverter that will allow you to switch between the rain head and your shower head. Connect this part to the wall then connect the arm back onto it. Make sure to use Kinetic 12mm x 10m White Standard Thread Seal on all the threaded fittings.

 

For the shower assembly, I suggest using the Estilo 1500mm Stainless Steel Double Lock Shower HoseFlexispray WELS 3 Star, 9L/Min Chrome Single Function Bermuda Handset, and the Flexispray Chrome Bermuda Shower Bracket to hold the showerhead onto the wall. You screw the hose to the bottom of the diverter and attach the handset onto the hose. You then attach the shower bracket to your preferred height for the handset to sit on.

 

If you need more advice or information, please let us know.

 

Eric

 

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bilcruise
Junior Contributor

Re: How to add a handheld shower to an existing fixed straight arm rain shower

Hi @EricL , thanks for the suggestions. Just wondering, can I connect the flow switch in between the arm and rain shower head instead of on to the wall? What are the pros and cons with this, if it's possible to do so?

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MitchellMc
Bunnings Team Member
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Re: How to add a handheld shower to an existing fixed straight arm rain shower

Hi @bilcruise,

 

You could quite possibly connect the diverter between the end of the arm and the showerhead. It depends on what thread size and type they've used. You might find it's a finer thread than what is used on the diverter.

 

I'm not sure what type of pros you're going to get from that arrangement. The cons would be that it will be difficult to operate the diverter as the showerhead will obstruct it, and the hose will be draping down in the middle of the shower. When you're not using the handheld shower, the hose will constantly be in the way.

 

Mitchell

 

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