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How to Install a Showerhead

Take your shower from drab to fab in less than an hour with a new showerhead

Installing a new showerhead can be one of the easiest, least expensive ways to bring some new life to your shower - and it's something that even apartment-dwellers and renters can do to help personalize their bathroom without causing damage to walls or other fixtures. For people with sensitive skin or respiratory systems, swapping out their old showerhead for a new filtered one not only boosts décor but also can help with health issues, and for those looking to go green and help conserve water, the average family can save up to 2,900 gallons of water per year just by switching to a low flow shower head. With so many great reasons to ditch your boring, outdated, or just plain inefficient showerhead, don't let the uncertainty of how to install a new one get in the way - PlumbingSupply.com® will help you out with these easy-peasy instructions. It's probably the simplest home renovation you'll ever do.


What you'll need: new showerhead, a strap wrench, pliers or wrench, a rag or soft cloth, and PTFE sealing tape

Step 1: Use a strap wrench, pliers or a wrench to remove the old shower head. Turn the connection nut counterclockwise to remove. If you do not want to damage the old shower head, using a strap wrench is the best method. Or, if a strap wrench is unavailable, you can use a rag in between the showerhead connecting nut and the pliers. This will help prevent scratching the finish.

Step 2: Clean the threads on the shower arm. There can be some residual thread sealing tape or mineral deposits on the arm, which can be cleaned off using mild soap and water and/or an old toothbrush. We've also found that a paper clip can be useful when trying to remove the old PTFE sealing tape from in between the threads.


Step 3: Now that the shower arm threads are clean, you can apply new PTFE tape. Use about 4-6 wraps around the threads of the arm. Wrap the tape tightly in a clockwise direction. Use your fingers to gently press the tape into the threads.

Step 4: Take your new shower head out of the packaging and check the contents. Some shower heads come with a rubber washer that you must install. If your shower head did not come with a washer, skip this step. If it did come with a rubber washer, insert it into the shower arm connection nut, and push it down flat.

Step 5: Begin to screw the shower head onto the shower arm. Start slowly to avoid crossing the threads and hand tighten as much as possible. Use your strap wrench, or place a rag over the connection and use your wrench or pliers, to tighten the nut by a quarter turn. Be careful not to over tighten, since this can damage the threads or possibly crack the shower head connection nut.

Step 6:Turn the water on and check for leaks. If there is a leak coming from the connection, turn the water off and tighten the nut by another quarter turn.

Step 7: Turn the water back on and check for leaks. If you don't have any leaks, congratulate yourself for a job well done!

If you find the connection still leaks, check to make sure the threads are not crossed. Unscrew the showerhead, remove and reapply the PTFE tape, adding a few more wraps than you did before (in Step 3). Reinstall the shower head as shown in Steps 5 and 6.



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Please note: The information provided here is intended to give a basic knowledge of plumbing related repairs. This information is general, and may not suit all applications. If you are at all unsure of your abilities to complete one of these projects, please consult a professional. Always check with local code regulations and the proper authorities before beginning a project.

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