A hydro-rail piping kit connects to your existing mixing-valve water pipes to create the desired rainshower effect in your standard shower stall.

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Q: I have a basic 3-by-3-foot shower stall and always wanted a rain-style shower head. With an existing standard shower stall, how do you convert to a rain shower head without turning it into a big remodel project?

A: Standard shower heads are usually wall-mounted because they’re designed to spray out and into the center of the shower stall. On the other hand, rain shower heads are usually mounted on the ceiling of the shower stall, as they’re designed to “rain” down into the stall.

So, if you try to install a rain shower head onto a standard wall-mounted shower arm, it may not perform to its full potential.

To avoid some remodeling issues, look into new hydro-rail piping kits that connect to your existing mixing-valve water pipes. These attractive piping kits are mounted inside the shower stall and feature a long-arching shower arm that extends up toward the shower-stall ceiling.

Once the retro-fit kit is installed, simply attach the new head to the extended-arm fitting to complete the rain shower upgrade without causing a storm of remodeling issues.


Master contractor/plumber Ed Del Grande is known internationally as the author of the book “Ed Del Grande’s House Call,” the host of TV and Internet shows, and a LEED green associate. For more information, visit eddelgrande.com.