Purchasing an electric shower head is one thing. Deploying it for eventual use is yet another thing altogether. Even though this is a task that is for a large part carried out by trained electrician experts, it may also be handled by a typical do-it-yourselfer. That can only happen if you gain the necessary insight to that end.
We have decided to come and offer this very insight for you here. Our aim in the discussions that follow shall seek to guide through all the steps and processes you need to take to do a great job. All you have to do now is take your time and effort to read through keenly.
How to Wire an Electric Showerhead Wiring?
A. Tools and Materials Required
You will need these tools and materials to accomplish the task successfully:
- Double pole pull-switch
- Half-inch copper branch pipe
- Masonry bit
- Pipe cutter
- Power drill
- Yellow and green wire sleeving
Before you set out to make this wiring, you have to prepare for the task overall. The steps below will help you to do just that:
Check out the minimum flow rate of the electric shower head you want to fix before setting out. Remember, each appliance has its own threshold that has to be met and upheld all the while. You will find it in the manufacturer’s manual or guide.
Mark out the measurements of the showerhead and the available space to ensure that the two merge or fit seamlessly. On the same note, see to it that you meet the heights of the tallest person to prevent him from hitting his head on the piece of equipment.
Cordon off the area you intend to work on to prevent the passersby from intruding and sustaining unnecessary injuries and possible damages to the pieces of property that may exist there. Particularly, eliminate clutter and keep small children away from that place.
C. Step-by-step Procedures
Step I: Bore a hole in the ceiling
Start out by boring a hole in the ceiling. After this attach a mounting board that accommodates the pull-switch backplate. Be slow and meticulous as you do this to prevent a situation in which the debris may fall off and make the interiors of the bathroom too spoilt and damaged.
Proceed now to run a circuit cable right through the mounting board. Stretch it as far up as the ceiling while at the same time sparing a sufficient amount of cable at the precise location that the switch is to be situated. Be sure to insulate the cables from the potential damages that come along.
Step II: Strip back the leftover cable
Get to the switch and strip back the leftover cable that is located there. This step shall reveal one red wire, one black wire, and a series of bare wires. Intertwine the bare wires after which you should proceed to the ground wires and do the same.
After you are through with these two steps, cover the individual wires using the existing yellow and green sleeving. Make the cover tight enough to prevent the infiltration of the water and ambient moisture that may pose some dangers and shocks thereafter. Check the cover to see to it that it is watertight.
Step III: Attach the wires
Having laid the foundation for the connection, you should now proceed to attach the wires that comprise the new sleeving to the terminal ‘E’ of the pull switch that is. Attach the red wire thereafter to the terminal ‘L’; whereas the black wire to the terminal ‘L’ respectively.
It is imperative that you follow these steps and procedures keenly to prevent any unnecessary faults and electrical shocks that may arise when in the course of use. If in doubt, we suggest that you redo the entire thing from scratch. Using the soldering pen to test the efficacy of the system.
Step IV: Strip back the cable
The typical shower unit has a cable that is attached to it. Strip its back to reveal one black wire, a group of bare wires, and a red wire. Attach the wires that are attached to the shower units to the ‘mains terminal’ that is located on the pull-switch.
As you do this, connect the red wire to the terminal ‘L’; the black wire to the terminal ‘N’; and the group of the bare wires to the terminal ‘E.’ Cover the bare wires using the yellow or the green sleeving. Finish the entire exercise by linking them to the terminal.
Step V: Test the system
You are almost good to go! Before you go, you have to test the system. To do this, you have to run the shower system. Switch on the mains electricity to allow the current to flow unimpeded to the system. Then, activate the shower to allow the water to flow.
Try touching the flowing water to ascertain whether its temperature is consistent with what you expected beforehand. You may have to make a couple of adjustments here and there to see to it that the item is now up to standards. That will definitely take more of your time and eventual effort.
Even though this is a task that you can conveniently accomplish as a do-it-yourselfer, we still insist that you relegate it to the trained expert. That is because anything that touches on the matters of electricity is usually potentially dangerous. You can never attempt it just like that lest you sustain the electric shock.
If you must do it on your own, we emphasize that you switch off the lights and put on appropriate protective gear before setting out. Then again, you should work under the supervision of a person who has attempted this task beforehand a number of times and succeeded.