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6 Shower, Faucet & Vanity Lighting Tips

If you’re planning to buy a shower for your home but do not have any idea on what type and design is suitable for the plumbing structure of your house, do not worry. This article will help you in knowing some features of modern showers and in making a comparison among the different types of showers that are widely used. Definitely, everyone would like to have a shower of good quality that operates well and can add beauty to the bathroom.

Before installing a shower, there are several things to consider and questions to answer before one is guaranteed of a wise investment. The design and area of the bathroom must first be considered among other things. Others things may include:

  1. Budget for the shower and installation cost.
  2. Any previously installed heating system.
  3. Pressure provided by the main water supply.
  4. Is there any existing system providing hot and cold water?
  5. Is the electricity suitable for electric showers?

Answering these questions can help you find the most suitable type of shower for your home. The next section contains a list of different types of showers to aid you when choosing the features you are looking for.

1. Electric Showers?

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Electric showers have become more popular these days because of the convenience it offers. Electric showers are directly connected to the main water supply and must be connected through a 10 to 15 mm water pipe. To ensure reliability, it is recommended that an isolation valve must also be installed. The water pressure at the main entry should be at least 1 bar.

Before the installation, it is necessary to check the capacity of the electric fuse. Electric fuse above 60 amps is recommended. Fuse, switch, and cable should also be considered when installing the system. A10 mm cable will be appropriate. In all cases electric circuits must have a double pole switch used to turn the electric shower on and off for daily use and emergency purposes.

2. Mixer Showers?

Mixer Shower

Mixer showers are designed to mix hot and cold water in a special valve where the desired temperature is regulated before reaching the shower head. Such showers are compatible on both high and low pressure water source. There are two types of mixer showers: thermostatic mixer shower that can maintain water temperature in a selected degree and manual mixer shower where water temperature is determined by the flow of water. The rising and falling of the water dictates the water temperature.

Today, thermostatic mixer showers are a lot cheaper making it affordable for everyone to own. A disadvantage when using mixer shower is the design of the installation. It is connected to other point from the water supply. Sharing the water in various points will change the water temperature dispensed by the shower.

3. Power Showers?

Power Shower

Power shower is a modified mixer shower that has an integral pump that maintains the pressure of water and helps increase or decrease the force of spray through shower head. This type of shower can be installed even with low pressure water supply.

Choosing the best design to suit your needs will definitely give you the best return of investment. Not just that. A well designed and suitable shower will enhance the look of your bathroom adding relaxation and warmth on every bath.

4. How Best To Maintain Your Shower

Installing electric showers to add beauty and comfort to a bathroom are few reasons why most homes have showers installed. Aside from these reasons, it can also make daily showers luxurious and enjoyable. However, to enjoy these things, one must acquire the right knowledge on how to do basic maintenance for the shower.

Maintenance can be as simple as precautionary measures for daily use and cleaning the parts of the shower which needs to be done at least once or twice a year.

Handset or shower head cleaning is done to prevent obstruction of water and maintain the force of shower spray by removing debris and scale. Cleaning can be done by washing the shower head with mild detergents or soap solutions. The shower plate must also be cleaned along with showerhead to avoid lowering the shower performance. After the process, the parts should be dried with soft clean cloth.

Before cleaning the inner parts of the shower, some safety information must be considered. First, is to switch off the electricity supplied to the shower and turn off the water supply by closing the isolated valve fitted along the main line. This measure should also be done when fixing the shower including:

1. Fitting the case correctly.

2. Changing damage casing.

3. Removing water inside the case.

4. When device emits smoke, undetermined odor, and odd noise.

5. When checking for changes with the performance of the device.

After turning off both the electrical connection and water supply, open the case carefully in such a way that the assembly of the case is not disrupted. Just in case doing these things may sound difficult or one is not competent in accomplishing the task, professional assistance is the only remedy.

One minor component that needs to be cleaned or renewed regularly is the filter. Debris or filtered materials from the water may hinder the normal flow of water. In some cases, devices are broken due to excessive dirt and debris causing water to leak.

After cleaning the filter and other inner parts, do not over tighten the screws of the filter and the case. Before reinstalling the device and electricity, make sure that the main water supply is sealed. Refit the case to its precise location. When re-installation is done, turn on water connection and electricity supply to test the performance of shower. Testing should be done with cold water. Make sure that electrical connection is secured including the grounds. If any problem may arise during the maintenance, contact to the dealer of the shower or service center to seek for assistance.

Precautions that should be considered for daily maintenance and use are following:

  1. Never put shampoo bottle or soap on the unit as it may slip into the device.
  2. After using the shower, turn off the isolating switch.
  3. Switch off the device immediately when water ceases to flow.
  4. Right after any use of the device, make sure to flush remaining water to wash away debris and waste.
  5. Always check the temperature of water by hand before stepping under the shower head to prevent burns.
  6. Do not use abrasive or aggressive products when cleaning as it may damage the unit

These are simple precautionary measures that when properly taken can expand the lifespan of the device. Users must always remember that professional help is always the best solution when encountering issues with devices such as the shower.

5. How To Install A Bathroom Vanity Light

Bathroom Vanity Light

One simple way to brighten up a bathroom is to install new lighting. Replacing a vanity light also allows you to upgrade a key element of your bathroom’s decor. Vanity lights come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes; all are easy to install over an existing electrical box, requiring less than an hour from start to finish.

Some electrical boxes are located directly above a mirror or medicine cabinet, others—like the one shown here—are at each side.

Before purchasing a fixture, make sure it will fit the space without bumping into an adjacent wall or interfering with a mirror or trim. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions precisely. To create strong but gentle light that doesn’t cast shadows, choose a fixture that utilizes halogen bulbs and has a frosted diffuser.

Before you begin any work, turn off the power to the existing fixture at the electrical service panel. Remove the globe or diffuser and the bulb(s). Unscrew the retaining nut that holds the decorative cover plate onto the electrical box.

If the old fixture doesn’t come off easily, run the blade of a utility or putty knife around the edges of the plate to free it from caulk or paint. Disconnect the wiring and set the fixture aside. Quick tip: To create strong but gentle light that doesn’t cast shadows, choose a fixture that utilizes halogen bulbs and has a frosted diffuser.

1. In older homes, incandescent light fixtures are often mounted directly to an electrical box. Electrical codes now require that the fixture be mounted to a flat metal bar called a mounting strap that is secured to the box. Most new fixtures include the mounting strap and screws. 

2. Before installing the fixture, inspect the wires coming out of the box. If the ends are nicked or tarnished, cut them and strip off 1/2 inch of the insulation with a wire stripper. Then, following the manufacturer’s instructions, attach the fixture’s wires to the circuit wires with the nuts provided.

3. All lighting should be properly grounded. This is particularly important in a bathroom, where the chance of electrical shock is higher than in other rooms because of the presence of water. In hooking up the ground wire, make sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions. On many lights, you’ll hook the ground wire to the mounting strap, as shown.      

4. Mount the fixture to the box as directed by the manufacturer. Finally, screw in the appropriate bulbs, making sure their wattage does not exceed the maximum allowable for the fixture. Attach the diffuser, which typically is held in place with a decorative cap or retaining nut. Tighten only friction-tight to avoid cracking the diffuser.           

6. How To Replace A Shower Tub Faucet

Replacing Shower Tub Faucet

Change, they say is the only thing that remains constant, whether in your life or in your house. Sometimes this change becomes inevitable, sometimes it may be to palliate the dreariness in a certain place. Either way, replacing shower tub faucet is not something we can maintain a detached character to.

Considering the ubiquity of shower tub faucets, it’s hard to remain ignorant about their replacement process. I’m sure you may have replaced that tired-looking fixture in your bathroom too. But did you treat it just like any other generic fixture in your inanimate space, or were you all gung-ho about installing something that could freeze traffic.

If you too are keen to push the envelope just a little further, make sure you settle down on your favorite sofa, grab that piping hot cuppa of coffee, and read what follows. Trust me; the quotidian drabness in your bathroom is sure to be drowned forever.

Your Task Cut Out

The massive assortment of faucets flooding Home Improvement Stores does not make your task of finding the best any easier. It’s just not the shape and size that we are referring to here; there's a staggering array of styles and finishes too.

Since it’s rather hard to get your head around this hugely overwhelming task, here’s what you must bear in mind before embarking on a shower tub faucet replacement exercise:

Size does matter​

For once, it does. When you set off on a shopping spree, take the old faucet along with you. Make sure you are absolutely clear about the measurements when your choices are setting mouse clicks aflutter online.

Dripping style from every pore​

Faucets with fine lines and beautiful curves enhance the appeal of modern bathrooms, while the more decorative varieties make traditional spaces come alive.

Fight to the finish​

Stainless steel, brushed nickel, chrome or oil rubbed bronze, they burnish the aura of the space like never before.

Safety first​

In this mad rush to create a sight to behold, make sure you do not sequester very important safety considerations to a corner. In-built scald protection is not something you can treat flippantly.

So are you ready to hit the stores with a vengeance? Good luck!

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