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Installing a Handshower on a Slidebar

This article will walk you through the process of installing a Handshower on a Slidebar.


 Video: Handshower On A Slidebar Installation

Recommended Tools: Adjustable Wrench, Phillips Screwdriver, Flathead Screwdriver, Drill, Drill Bits, Tape Measure, Level, Pencil

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This is designed to be installed with either a drop ell or a shower arm diverter.

Drop Ell

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Shower Arm Diverter

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1. Determine where the slidebar assembly is going to be located. Use a level and a pencil to mark the location of the screw holes.

2. Drill a 5/16" pilot hole to determine if there's a stud.

  • If there is a wood stud, use the wood screws (#3) to mount the slidebar (#7) and posts (#4) in Step 5 using the pilot holes.
  • If it is a hollow wall (no wood stud), drill two 5/8" mounting holes where the pilot holes are. Use the toggle bolts (#1) and bracket screws (#2) in Step 5.

3. If your model has slide bar caps (#5) slide one in the top of the slidebar (#7) and the other in the bottom of the slidebar (#7). Not all models have slide bar caps (#5).

4. Align the notch in the top of the slidebar (#7) with the groove in the post (#4). Slide the top of the slidebar (#7) into the post (#4) making sure the button on the slider (#8) is facing up.

5. Use either the wood screws (#3) or the toggle bolts (#1) and bracket screws (#1) to secure the slide bar and post to the wall. If using the anchors (#1), slide the bracket screw (#2) through the post (#4) and thread the anchor (#1) onto the end of the bracket screw (#2) a few turns. Pinch the ends of the anchor (#1) against the bracket screw (#2) when inserting into the wall. Tighten the screws.

Repeat Step 4 and 5 for the bottom post (#4).

6. Snap the decorative post caps (#6) into the front of the posts (#6).

7. Thread the rounded end of the hose (#9) into the handshower (#10).

8. Insert the washer (#11) into the hexagonal end of the hose (#9). This end will thread on to either a drop ell or a shower arm diverter and tighten with an adjustable wrench. See "Related Articles" for installing a drop ell.

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