Introduction: 'Telephone' Shower Head Suction Cup Mount
If you have persons of very different heights using the same shower, smooth shower walls, and the "telephone" (handheld) style shower head, here's a fairly simple and inexpensive way to create a suction-cup based mount, providing another position to hang the shower head.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- one suction cup grab bar/handle (can be found for $10 or less in the bath section of most home improvement stores)
- the hanging bracket from a spare telephone shower head (ideally that matches your real shower head)
- a long bolt and nut (I would provide an exact length, but it depends on the model of grab bar/handle)
- a drill and bit to match the diameter of the bolt
- a wrench suitable in size to tighten the bolt/nut
Step 2: Drill Hole
Drill a hole through the lower diagonal part of the grab bar. Make sure not to hit any vital parts. Shake out the plastic remnants.
Step 3: Thread Bolt Through Original Bracket Pieces
First, take apart the original bracket pieces.
Then thread your bolt through the pipe fitting on the spare bracket unit, right through where the water would normally flow. If this opening is too small (as mine was), just drill/dremmel the opening until the bolt will fit.
Before you move to the next step, make sure you've got the plastic locking ring on as well.
Step 4: Connect to Suction Cup Unit
Now thread this assembly onto your grab bar/handle and tighten the nut on the other side. Make sure it's snug, but don't over-tighten, as you'll crack the plastic. You don't need a lock washer since the nut will tend to bite into the plastic just enough to keep it tight.
Step 5: Attach Shower Head Bracket
Screw the bracket back onto the rig using the locking ring. Because the bolt head is in the way, you probably won't be able to get it totally flush as it would be when attached to a shower arm/pipe. But (unless your bolt head is extremely large), you should be able to tighten it enough for it to be solid. I suppose a round-head bolt (like a carriage bolt) might have made this a little better, but I haven't experienced any problems with the standard hex head I used.
Step 6: Place in Shower
Following the instructions for your grab bar/handle, suction the entire rig to your shower wall where you'd like.
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