Slide Bar Shower: How to Install an Adjustable Shower Slide Bar and Showerhead  There are two basic types of slide bar shower kits or attachments: a permanent shower slide bar and a drill-free slide bar shower kit. Here's how to install either one.

A slide bar shower attachment makes a handicap shower highly versatile for either standing or sitting while bathing. Both disabled and elderly bathroom safety
and accessiblity issues can be improved with this particular 
shower accessory. It makes it possible to slide the showerhead
up and down to various heights, while still being mounted to the 
slide bar. They are especially useful in wheelchair accessible 

Handicap shower stalls are commonly are equipped 
with shower slide bar systems because of the versatility and 
practicality that they bring to any handicapped bathroom.  

There are two basic types of handheld shower slide bars: a 
permanent shower slide bar and a drill-free or drillless slide bar 
shower kit. 

How to install a drill-free slide bar system

Both types are easy to install, but of course the drillless slide bar is a bit easier than mounting a permanent slide bar. This type of shower slide rail kit comes with a multi function showerhead, flexible hose, mounting brackets, screws, and adjustable chrome slide bar. To install a drillless slide bar, you only need to follow the instructions that are included in the kit.   

What you will need:

  • slide rail shower kit
  • extra attachment valve
  • wrench
  • soft cloth

A kit includes everything that you need to mount your new showerhead slide rail, except for the attachment valve that is generally sold separately. Your instructions will recommend the size and type to use for each particular kit. 

You will also need the appropriate wrench and a soft cloth to wrap around valves and brackets so as not to scratch them while tightening the parts when mounting. You have no need for drilling, which makes it very easy for just about anyone to install. Also, be sure to choose a slide rail shower kit that meets ADA bathroom requirements for disabled bathrooms.

How to install a permanent slide bar shower head

If you want to install a permanent slide bar and shower head to your handicap shower, here's how to install it to your shower wall. It's really not that complicated and can easily be done by the DYI'er with just a few instructions. 

Here's how. 

What you will need:

  • wrench - pipe or strap wrench
  • level
  • showerhead
  • plumbing supply elbow- chrome
  • tape - Teflon
  • measuring tape

  • drill and 3/16" masonry bit
  • slide bar showerhead
  • 1/2" diameter to 11/2" length galvanized nipple
  • toggle bolts or wall anchors
  • 20 1/4" stainless steel bolts
  • screwdriver
  • caulking - silicone

(1) Remove current shower head and replace with supply elbow.

  • Remove current shower head and attachment.
  • Use Teflon tape to wrap the galvanized nipple, then thread it into the shower head stub out location. Don't screw nipple flush with the stub out; leave about 1/2" of threads showing.

  • Again, use the Teflon tape to wrap the 1/2" exposed threads, then apply a line of caulking around the inside of the chrome cover. Follow by threading the supply elbow on the exposed nipple. Be sure to use a soft cover to cover the metal to prevent scratches when tightening with the wrench.

(2) Attach the Slide Bar

  • Attach mounting brackets on each each of slide bar.
  • Be sure to place the bar 4" to 6" from the wall supply elbow in order to miss the water pipes. The lower end of the slide bar should be approximately 48" from the shower floor. Use the level to plumb the bar. Mark with a pencil where the mounting holes are to be placed.

  • Drill holes in the wall tile. If there is a stud, you can then mount the slide bar with screws. If there is no stud, you will need to use a toggle anchor that is rated to hold 250 lbs to attach the bar. Then, apply caulking under the bar mounts before you tighten the screws.

(3) Complete the project

  • End caps should be slid onto the mounting brackets for a finished look.
  • Thread the shower hose and supply elbow together, then tighten.
  • Mount the shower head on the slide and lock mechanism.

If you have any problems or questions about installing a slide bar shower kit or permanent slide rail, be sure to check with a contractor who is knowledge about the ADA guidelines for accessible bathrooms.

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