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Hooking up a shower or tub faucet isn't as difficult as you might think. So long as you're comfortable with accurately measuring, drilling, and working with copper pipe, this project is well within reach. We broke the installation process down into easy-to-follow steps for optimal ease. Expect to spend at least half a day installing a shower or bathtub faucet. This extra step ensures good water pressure and protects the bather from temperature changes when another faucet Hook up shower faucet turned on or the toilet tank refills.

You'll want to tap into the cold and hot water lines as close to the water heater as possible. If needed, move a stud to make room for the plumbing behind the tub. You'll also want to choose the tub or shower faucet you're going to install. Follow the manufacturer's directions for plumbing the faucet.

And, if your faucet does not have integrated shutoff valves, install shutoff valves in the lines to the valve. For optimal comfort, position the faucet about 28 inches above the floor Hook up shower faucet a tub, and about 48 inches for a shower. Most faucets come with a plastic cover that protects the faucet and serves as a guide for the depth at which it must be set.

Installing a new shower faucet...

If you have other faucet setups, such as a three-handle faucet, it may require that supply pipes be spread farther apart than for a single-handle faucet. Threaded adapters screw in for the supplies, spout, or shower arm.

How to Install a Shower...

A faucet with integral shutoffs comes with a large escutcheon cover plate so you can more easily reach the shutoff valves. Determine how high you want to locate the spout make sure it will clear the tubfaucet handles, and showerhead.

Install a 2x6 brace for each. Anchor the braces with screws rather than nails so it's easier to move them if they need adjustment.

Assemble all the pipes in a dry run. Anchor the faucet according to manufacturer's directions. Once you are sure of the connections, sweat all the fittings. Start at the faucet, then move on to the shower arm and spout connections.

To install a shower valve,...

Finger-tighten a threaded nipple—either brass or galvanized—into both drop-ear elbows. Once the wallcovering is in place, remove them and install the shower arm and tub spout.

Learn how to properly hook up a shower or bathtub faucet while ensuring optimal water pressure and temperature. Find a Pro Get help from one of our recommended professionals. How to do it. Step 1 Determine Faucet Placement.

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Step 2 Anchor and Brace. Step 3 Assemble Pipes. Step 4 Sweat Fittings. Step 5 Tighten and Install.

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