There are no complicated plumbing skills required to change out an old shower head with a new one. Just a little teflon tape, some muscles or an adjustable wrench and an old rag.
I’m changing out our guest bathroom shower head with a more luxurious Moen Halo (available at Home Depot for $59). I changed Madison’s a few months ago and she LOVES it. The center part has massage settings and the outer ring is the “rain shower”. She says it keeps her whole body warm at the same time.
To remove the old shower head, you just unscrew it.
If it gives you any trouble, grab the adjustable wrench and an old rag or washcloth. The rag protects everything from getting all scratched up. The wrench gives you some more Umph!
Got it! Uh huh! Oh yeah! (Dance around a bit…)
Don’t change out your shower head in a silk dress. If it’s been used recently, there will be some water that leaks out of the pipe and old shower head.
Also, don’t be tempted have a drink because, take it from me — it tastes nasty!
The necessity of Teflon tape is debatable because new plumbing fixtures have rings and gaskets that are supposed to prevent leaking but I like to take the extra 30 seconds to do this step just for the fun of it. Because it is fun! And, in the event that the new fangled rings and gaskets don’t work, Teflon tape is an extra step to preventing leaking. So why not?
Wrap in the direction that you will be screwing the new shower head ON so it doesn’t just tear the tape back off.
Screw the new shower head on and hand tighten. It needs to be snug but you don’t want to over tighten. If you feel you really need to get it a little tighter than you can by hand, use the rag and wrench again. Just DON’T over tighten. (If your shower head happens to be plastic, you could crack it.)
Turn your shower on to check for leaks at the joint (where you just applied teflon tape and screwed the bugger on).
Probably best to wait until you’re not fully clothed…especially if you couldn’t resist and are wearing a silk dress!
It takes about 5 minutes to change out a shower head — and most of that will be just getting the packaging open. (Utility knife is my friend.)
Disclaimer: I was provided with Moen Halo shower heads to install and try out by Moen. I was not compensated for this post. All opinions expressed are my own (or Madison’s).