Q: Dear Ed: I plan to contact a plumber to upgrade our shower with a hand shower and sliding wall mount to change the shower height. What cool features can we add to this project without making it a complicated install?
– Roger, Texas
A: With plumbing jobs, always try to get the most bang for your buck. Sometimes that includes spending extra money for materials, if the overall labor cost keeps close to the original labor price.
The good news is new tub and shower fixtures called shower columns can do just that. A shower column is a chrome piping setup that quickly installs vertically on the inside shower wall and easily connects to the existing plumbing. Aside from the vertical sliding personal shower, shower columns can also include a large rain-style head and a built-in diverter valve.
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Bottom line: By spending extra plumbing material cash, shower columns can deliver some extra shower splash.
Master Contractor/Plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book "Ed Del Grande's House Call," the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. Visit eddelgrande.com or write firstname.lastname@example.org. Always consult local contractors and codes.