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    Default To plumb a hand held shower or use diverter off of shower head

    Hello all,

    Need opinions/expertise on this. I'm at a crossroads here. I was going to plumb a diverter valve in my shower and attach a hand held shower slider bar in my shower stall in addition to the regular shower head. With Grohe valves/parts this addition was going to add $700+ to the overall cost.

    I figured the hand held would be great for cleaning the shower stall and if our little one used our shower the adjustability would work for her.

    Then, I thought I could save money by attaching a diverter valve at the shower head and use a cheapo hand held only when need to clean etc. Right now in my rough in, I have the shower head arm attached and the threads are covered with Harvey's TFE paste. The joint fitting is screwed to a 2x4 crossmember. Is TFE the way to go right here. I suppose it's either TFE or tape right?

    Any problems down the road with attaching or unattaching a hand held shower to a diverter valve and tugging that joint around with the use of it? I worry about leaks once installed behind the tiled wall.

    thanks,

    Doug

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    No it works quiet well,
    I have done my own like that for the last 25 years or so

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    Unless the little one is playing Tarzan and swinging on the handheld shower, there is NO stress on the shower arm.

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    If find the handheld on the bar works just fine as the only showerhead in the shower. I see no real use for a second one (i.e., a fixed one).
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    Quote Originally Posted by jadnashua View Post
    If find the handheld on the bar works just fine as the only showerhead in the shower. I see no real use for a second one (i.e., a fixed one).
    'tis true, but I've always found that I could aim a fixed showerhead better than I could a hand held. The hand held mount always seems to have some limitation as to where you can place the stream compared to the fixed unit.

    Doug

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    I've not found that to be a problem. The better units have a swivel so that the hose isn't constantly trying to tweak it back in place, and at least on mine, the holder (on a bar) adjusts to both get the elevation and angle so it points where I want.
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    If you use the in wall diverter then rough-in the wall out low (the same height as the shaower valve works well). This will give you much more reach when using the hand held.

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