Q: Dear Ed: We plan to fix up our basement and want to include a small bathroom. Can you please recommend a shower stall setup that can give versatility to a small space?
– Pat, Maine
A: A personal shower is always a good choice. Personal showers not only target-massage body areas, they allow for washing of pets and easy stall cleanup.
Usually, the setup includes a fixed showerhead, a diverter valve and the personal shower with a hanging bracket. But, for smaller stalls I like to install a slide bar shower kit. This all-in-one kit includes just a hand shower, hose and vertical mounting slide bar anchored to the shower wall. An adjustable hanging bracket is mounted on the slide bar as well.
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Raise it to use as a standard showerhead, lower for special needs showering or remove it from the bracket to hold in hand.
Even though a slide bar shower has its ups and downs, it's a versatile clutter-free choice for any shower.
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 email@example.com. Always consult local contractors and codes.