Learning how to change a showerhead is a straightforward task that requires only a few minutes of your time. Whether you’re looking to upgrade to a new style or enhance your shower experience, the process can be accomplished with basic tools and materials.
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In this guide, we’ll walk you through the step-by-step process of replacing a shower head, whether it’s a fixed mount, handheld, or dual combination shower head. By following these simple instructions, you’ll not only be able to install a new shower head but also potentially reduce water consumption, leading to savings on your utility bills. Let’s delve into the easy-to-follow steps to transform your showering space.
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Tools & Materials You May Need.
Remove Old Shower Head
1. Attempt to turn the old shower head counterclockwise by hand to remove it.
2. If it’s stuck, wrap slip joint pliers with electrical tape to protect the finish, grip the shower arm with the pliers, and use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old shower head.
3. Clean the shower arm threads of any rust, mineral deposits, old tape, or sealant.
Install a Fixed Head Shower Head
1. Wrap thread seal tape clockwise around the threads of the shower arm (2-3 times).
2. Press the tape into the threads to ensure a proper seal.
3. Screw the fixed shower head replacement onto the shower arm and tighten it.
4. Turn on the water and check for leaks.
5. If leaks are present, wrap additional thread seal tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.
Install a Handheld Shower Head
1. Screw the handheld shower mount onto the shower arm.
2. Connect the flexible hose to both the mount and the handheld shower head.
3. Place the handheld shower head in the mount.
Install a Combo Shower Head
1. Attach a diverter to the shower arm to route water between the shower head and the shower arm.
2. Screw the fixed mount shower head onto the diverter.
3. Connect the flexible shower hose to the handheld shower head and the diverter.
Remember, safety precautions are important when dealing with plumbing tasks. Be sure to turn off the water supply before you begin, and be cautious with tools to avoid damaging the shower arm or new shower head.