Steps to Change a Shower Head

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Types of Shower Heads

Most shower heads are mounted on the wall, but a few are attached to the ceiling. Before you buy a shower head, make sure the flow of water is adequate for your purposes and try it out. Some consumers complain that certain rainshower-type shower heads produce a soft flow of water that isn't strong enough to rinse out shampoo.

Tools Needed to Change a Shower Head

  • New shower head
  • Soft cloth to protect the finish
  • Damp paper towel
  • Stool or ladder to reach the shower head
  • Wrench
  • Teflon® tape (available at the hardware store

The first thing you should do is read the instructions that accompany your new shower head. Some shower heads need to be assembled, may contain a rubber washer or need to be attached to an extension arm. Following are simple steps to change a shower head that is mounted to a wall.

  • Turn off the water.

    If you try to remove the existing shower head with the faucets turned on, water will shoot everywhere. As long as your faucets are in the "off" position and they function, it's not necessary to turn off the water to the house.

  • Unscrew existing shower head.

    If the shower head hasn't been removed for decades, it could be corroded and you will need to use a wrench to get it off. Remember the adage: lefty loosey, righty tighty. This means turn the neck of the shower head counter-clockwise.

    Take care to protect the finish by placing a soft cloth around the neck before applying pressure with the wrench. Even if you plan to throw the old shower head away, if the new shower head is broken in the package or the wrong type, you will need to put the old shower head back on.

  • Remove excess dirt.

    You may find gunk around the threaded pipe in the wall after removing your old shower head. Use a damp paper towel and wipe the threads clean. Dry the threads.

  • Apply Teflon® tape.

    Examine the pipe threads and calculate how much tape you will need. You want to use enough tape to wrap around the threads, covering about half of the tape width as you wrap up the threads. Start at the base and moving clockwise, wrap around twice, then continue going around until you reach the end of the threads.

    Do not wrap counter clockwise or the tape will unravel when you attach the new shower head.

    If you run short, remove the tape (it's cheap) and start over with a longer piece. Run your thumbs over the tape to smooth it into the threads. The tape will help to seal the connection between your new shower head and the pipe in the wall, which will prevent leaks.

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