Replacing a shower head is probably easier than you think. You may want to replace a shower head for cosmetic reasons or because the current shower head isn’t working properly. Quite often the shower heads sprays incorrectly due to corrosion or calcium deposits. Regardless of why you want to replace your shower head, this guide will inform you on the steps to install your new shower head.
Before you begin any work, make sure the shower faucets have firmly been shut off. Now we will need to remove the existing shower head by turning counter clock-wise with a wrench on the flat spots located at the base of the shower head. The flat spots are located on the pipe nipple. This is where the head screws into the goose neck pipe, which is the part sticking out of the wall. Once removed, thoroughly clean the threads on the goose neck as debris may have built up.
Next is the preparation process for the goose-neck threads. Once the threads are clean, wrap them in a Teflon tape. Once the new shower head is installed, the Teflon will prevent any leakage. You should wrap the threads about 4 to 5 turns in a clockwise direction. In order to prevent the tape from showing, do not extend the tape above the threaded area. To finish this step, gently press the tape into the threads.
Now that the threads are ready, continue by screwing the new head onto the neck. You may or may not have a washer in your box. Some come with a rubber washer, to give more protection from leaks.
If there’s no washer in your package, proceed by screwing the head onto the goose-neck arm. You can tighten this with your hands, but make sure it’s tight. The water should flow without any leaks coming from the side of the head. If there are any leaks, chances are its not tight enough. To solve this issue, use a wrench but always protect the finish on the fixture. You can simply place a cloth under the wrench. Test again to confirm there are no leaks.
If your showed head comes with a washer, you’ll then proceed by placing the rubber washer into the shower head. Then take the shower head and screw it onto the goose-neck and tighten with your hands. Make sure it’s as tight as possible. Proceed to check for leaks and tighten again if there are any leaks. Do not use a wrench if you’re using a washer as you may potentially force the washer inside the shower arm.
There’s not too much involved in successfully installing this new fixture. However, each step is important so do not skip any of them! Always make sure it’s a dry shower while you’re working, as it’s quite simple to slip in a wet shower.
There are many different types of shower heads available. You can find a huge selection online, so always shop around before making a purchase! Good luck installing your new shower head!
This writer is in construction and has remodeled many high end bathrooms and loves to include a heated towel bar for those cold winter days. He’s able to create a custom bath towel rack or even a hydronic towel warmer. More information can be found at his blog, electrictowelwarmer.org.