By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A movable hand shower on a bar is a convenient addition to a showerhead that makes it easy to focus the direction of spray wherever it's needed. When someone in the family suffers from low back pain, you can massage sore muscles with a spray of soothing warm water. For bathing kids who don't like a tub bath, the movable showerhead makes short work of the ordeal. Washing the family lap dog can be less of a hassle using a self-directed hand shower. It even helps on cleaning day, making it easy to rinse away the scouring cleanser.
You'll find hand shower bar systems in a variety of finishes sold at home centers, plumbing supply outlet and online at sites such as www.efaucets.com. If you're handy, you can replace a showerhead with a popular design unit that incorporates a grab bar with a hand shower system for $165. A plumber will charge $368 to do the job, which includes labor and material; so you'll save almost half by doing it yourself. It'll cost more if the existing showerhead is older and has a pivot ball as part of the shower arm; in that case the arm would need to be replaced first. If the unit has a grab bar in its design, be careful to install it with proper wall blocking, or use the new SecureMount Anchors designed to mount grab bars with no studs or blocking.
Now you know the average cost to install a shower hose bar, which includes the labor and material, and what’s involved, so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a contractor. Don’t forget to adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
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Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2020