Fitting an electric shower

Postby janski » Fri May 11, 2007 9:35 am


I live in a bungalow and want to remove my bath and fit a shower enclosure.

Am I right in assuming that using the original cold water feed from the bath is a no no (fed from tank in the loft). In which case I would have to run a direct mains feed - likely taken from the mains in at tank in loft.

I want to do most of the work myself but will obviously get an electrician to perform final connections / certification.


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Postby thedoctor2 » Fri May 11, 2007 2:38 pm


Most electric showers like to be fed from the main
unless your is very high use the main
Hope this has been of help to you
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Postby janski » Fri May 11, 2007 4:47 pm

Thanks for your reply.

I've actually gone down another route and gone and bought a manual mixer shower unit.

The existing hot and cold pipes for the bath are in the right place - just need extending up. Now I don't need to worry about electrics or extending the water main from the loft tank down the way.
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Postby Arnak » Sat May 12, 2007 10:39 am


Don't forget that with a manual shower the pressure is obtained form the height of the header tank in the loft to the outlet from the shower head.

So to get a good flow you need the loft tank to be as high as possible.

Also if you take the hot from the tank and the cold from the mains there will be a difference in pressure so make sure you get a mixer that can take that pressure differential.

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Postby janski » Sun May 13, 2007 10:33 am


thanks for the reply again.

The mixer unit I've choosen shows hot taken from hot water tank and cold taken from the tank in the loft. This means I can use the existing bath pipes and just extend them.

The original bath fittings include a shower fitting - which I've never used due to the walls not being tiled.

Hopefully all will be OK once I get it plumbed in.


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