How to Install Handheld Shower Head with Slide Bar: Step By Step Guide

Are you researching how to install handheld shower head with slide bar? If yes then you are in the right place. A handheld shower head allows you to control the water pressure and lets you reach every single part of your body, which is the best thing ever! On the other hand, a regular shower is unable to reach every part of your body!

You may need detailed instructions on how to install a new handheld shower with a slide bar. You may think the process of installing is rather daunting, right?

How to Install Handheld Shower Head with Slide Bar

Well, you will be happy to hear that you don't even need to hire a plumber to install it! As it is a DIY project, you can easily set up a handheld shower in your tub by yourself. Just make sure to read the whole article on how to install a handheld showerhead with a slide bar and watch the YouTube Tutorial.

Tools that are Required:

Here is a quick list of what pieces of equipment you need to start working as well as the Amazon Links should you need to purchase any:

Safety Gloves + Safety Glasses
Pencil For Marking
Drill + Ceramic Drill Bits
Slide Bar

If a new shower head is required then our top recommendations can be found on this link.

If you require a showerhead with a slide bar set then our top recommendations can be found on this link.

Step by Step Guide of How to Install Handheld Shower Head with Slide Bar

Step by Step Guide of How to Install Handheld Shower Head with Slide Bar

The installation of a handheld shower is not as hard as you think. Just make sure that you have got all the necessary tools available. Now, we are going to provide the step by step guide on how to install a handheld showerhead with a slide bar:

Shut the Water Line Off

Before starting, make sure to turn off the waterline. You can shut it from the main supply or if you have a valve it can be turned off from the valve at your tub.

Step-1: Remove the Existing Shower Head

When you are ready to install the new one, make sure to remove the old shower first. With your bare hand, you can turn it counterclockwise.

In case you feel that the shower head is too tight, then it is obvious that it has been installed for a long time and may be difficult to remove. It is better to use a wrench in this instance.

If you want to get the maximum benefit from a wrench, then it is better to wrap up the teeth by using regular tape. Below you will find the Amazon link to the wrench we recommend if required:

DURATECH 8-Inch Heavy Duty Pipe Wrench, Adjustable Plumbing Wrench, Malleable Cast Iron Handle, Exceed GGG standard

Grab the wrench to unscrew the head of the shower by twisting swiftly. If you feel that it is loose, then you can take it off by hand.

Step-2: Get the New Shower Arm ready

Now the next step is to prepare the new shower arm. Use a regular toothbrush or even a cloth to rub off all the debris, and dust as well as make sure to remove the old Teflon tape from the shower arm area. Use a little bit of water to clean it correctly, then use a cloth for wiping it.

Now, apply the new Teflon tape and wrap it up firmly over the thread area for around 3 to 5 folds. Keep in mind that you don't need to wrap the tape all over the area, just make sure you're wrapping around the thread area.

You can use your fingers to rub the tape area and make it stiff. Now, your shower arm is prepared to have the latest shower head installed.

Step-3: Attach the Slide Bar

It is also known as a holder or bracket. You have to install it directly on the arm. Adjust the holder to the new shower arm thread and make sure to tighten it by using your hands. Now, the holder or bracket is ready. It arrives with one opening to fit with your handheld shower head.

If the tub walls are tiled, make a starting mark in the center of each screw hole with a hammer and nail set.

Then, using a 3/16-inch carbide-tipped masonry bit, drill through the tile on each mark.

Bore the screw holes with a regular twist-drill bit if the shower walls are made of fiberglass, acrylic, or a solid-surface material.

Attach the slide bar with stainless-steel screws if you're lucky enough to hit a wall stud. If the screw holes fall between the studs, which is much more frequent, widen them with a 1/2-inch-diameter bit.

Then, in each screw hole, put a hollow wall anchor, such as a Toggler SnapToggle.
1/4-20 machine screws are used to secure the slide bar to the toggle bolts.

Snap the end caps onto the mounting brackets at the top and bottom of the slide bar to hide the screw heads.

Finish by clipping the showerhead into the slide-lock mechanism and connecting the flexible shower hose to the wall-supply elbow.

Step-4: Install the Shower Head and Hose

You may have to find out which part connects to what, as there are a couple of hoses, which come with a difference in the opening. If the showerhead is connected incorrectly to the other side, it will not match the holder. So, be careful!

After finding the right side, make sure to install the hose as well as the wand to the hose. It is time to pick up the wrench again to tighten the nut, but not too much! While tightening the conical nut, we prefer to use your hands only.

Step-5: Fix the Slide Bar

Fix the slide bar on the wall. It is designed to hold the shower head conveniently. Make sure to choose an average height so that everyone can put the shower head into the slide bar after completing the shower. You can pick a position that can be moved to adjust to a short, average, or even a tall shower user.

Step-6: Check Out for any Leaking

After completing the installation task, let's check out for any leaks. Look at both ends of the hose to ensure the whole area has not got any leak. Tighten the connection a bit more if you see any leaking.

If you feel it does not work correctly, then uninstall the connection as soon as possible and use a bit more Teflon tape on the thread area and re-install it.

If you can't see any leakage, then we are giving a 'BIG' congratulations to you, as you've accomplished the whole procedure!

Expert Tip Regarding the Handheld Shower Head

Clean the shower head regularly (if possible). For cleaning purposes, you can either use a regular toothbrush and some baking soda. Check out this article I wrote on how to clean a shower head here.

Benefits of Using a Handheld Shower Instead Of the Regular Shower

Benefits of Using a Handheld Shower Instead Of the Regular Shower

You need to know why a handheld shower is more beneficial than a regular shower. These are:

•It is handy, you don't even need to stand while showering. You can complete your shower by sitting down.

•Rather efficient for parents who want to bathe their children.

•Ideal for elders. children and those who are disabled.

•Pet owners feel more comfortable while bathing their pets, as it is burden-free.

•After completing the bathing tasks, you can rinse out the tub with ease.

Final Words

Take a relaxing shower with your new handheld shower after completing the installation. See, the installation of a handheld shower head was a piece of cake! 

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