How To: Install A Shower Riser

What you will need

  • Shower riser
  • Multipurpose detector
  • Power drill
  • Tile bit
  • Rawl plugs
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Masking tape
  • Safety glasses
  • Pencil
  • Spirit level


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  • 1 Decide where you are going to place the shower riser on the wall and mark where you will be drilling into the tile.
  • 2 Use a multi-purpose detector to make sure there are no wires or pipes running behind where you are going to drill. Top Tip: Be extra thorough when looking for pipes and cables, as there are a lot of pipes and cables behind the walls in a bathroom.
  • 3 Remove the escutcheon plates and place the riser against the wall where you have marked. Mark the screw holes on the tile with a pencil. Place masking tape over these to prevent the drill bit slipping and then remark the screw holes on the tape. Use a spirit level to make sure your markings are in line.
  • 4 Make sure the drill is not set to hammer action, as this may crack your tile. Drill the holes using the tile bit on your drill. Remember safety first – always wear safety goggles when drilling. Top Tip: Let the drill do the work. Hold the drill perpendicular to the tile and apply a bit of pressure. Go slow until you break the surface of the tile. Once you are through the surface you can increase the speed of the drill.
  • 5 Remove the masking tape from wall. Insert suitable wall plugs into your hole, ideally past the depth of the tile and then screw your first bracket into the wall plugs. Attach the shower riser and fix the first escutcheon in place.
  • 6 Ensure your second escutcheon is in place before screwing in the second bracket.
  • 7 Fix the second escutcheons on the bracket.
  • 8 Place the showerhead into position.