Ed the Plumber: Adjustments are easy with this clutter-free shower stall choice.

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Q: 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?

A: A personal shower is always a good choice. The smaller space is great for target-massaging body areas, convenient for washing of pets and other items, and easy to clean.

Usually, the setup includes a fixed showerhead, a diverter valve, and the personal shower handle with a hanging bracket. But for smaller stalls, I prefer 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.

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.


Ed Del Grande is a master plumber and contractor and is the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call.” Send questions to eadelg@cs.com.