I wanted to upgrade the master shower fixtures to have both a rain shower head and handheld also. After doing some research, I didn’t see anything that I liked in an existing kit. So after more research, I was able to assemble the configuration shown in the attached...
I wanted to upgrade the master shower fixtures to have both a rain shower head and handheld also. After doing some research, I didn’t see anything that I liked in an existing kit. So after more research, I was able to assemble the configuration shown in the attached picture, which came close to what I wanted. These are the components that I used:
- American Standard 3-inch shower arm with escutcheon
- Delta Faucet 3-way Shower Arm Diverter
- Vida Alegria REACH Solid Brass 18-inch High Flow Overhead Rain Shower Arm Extension
- LumoSpa Rainfall Shower Head
- BOPai Vacuum Suction Cup with Swivel Adjustable Shower Head Holder
- Delta 5-spray H20 Kinetic Handheld Shower with Hose.
All components were ordered/delivered from Amazon, except the Delta H2O Kinetic Handheld Shower which I bought from Lowes.
Since I didn’t like the downward-angled look of the existing standard shower arm, I replaced it with a 3-inch straight arm, to which I connected the Delta 3-way Shower Diverter. Then I connected the Alegria REACH extension. And finally I attached the LumoSpa Rainfall Shower Head. I used a good amount of Teflon tape on the threads of each connection, and carefully threaded on each component, and tried to not overtighten each. I overtightened the shower head, and it leaked (as was noted in some reviews); but after reapplying Teflon tape, threading it back on, hand tightened it, then just tightened a little more with a wrench (and cloth to prevent scratches), no more leaks. Everything went together easily, and I liked the end result shown in the attached picture, and it gives the master shower a definite upgraded spa look and feel.
The main star components that made it work, both for mechanical soundness and the look, are the 3-inch shower arm, the Delta diverter, and the Vida Alegria 18-inch extension arm. I was a little concerned about the stress that would be placed on the wall-shower arm and diverter-extension arm connections, but all the components are solidly designed and constructed. There are a number of nice rainfall shower heads which could be used as long as it’s compatible with the available amount of water pressure.
Even though the Delta diverter has a slot for a handheld, I didn’t like the look of the handheld up in it. So I got the BOPai vacuum suction holder…so far it’s holding the handheld showerhead well after 3 days. I cleaned the tile with an alcohol wipe before attaching it, and will see how long it holds. There’s also a sticky pad which could be used, if needed.
Since my water pressure isn’t the greatest, I chose the Lumospa Shower Head instead of a larger 12-inch rainfall head. And it works and looks great. I initially took out the water restrictor from the Lumospa Shower Head, and liked the heavy drenching that resulted. But as was noted by another reviewer, the water flow seems a little heavier than really needed, so I reinserted the water restrictor. The result is adequate water flow, but it left me wishing for a little more. So I’m still debating whether it’s worth the trouble to drill a larger hole in the water restrictor….but I’m also sometimes known to be a perfectionist. I’m also tempted to try a larger 12-inch rainfall shower head, but keep telling myself that it’s good enough as is.