There are no complicated plumbing skills required to change a shower head. Spending a few minutes doing this quick and easy home improvement task can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your shower!
How to Change a Shower Head
Gather your supplies:
- teflon tape
- an adjustable wrench
- an old rag
- new shower head
The guest bathroom is being updated to a Moen Halo. 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.
Remove the old
To remove the old shower head, you just unscrew it. Remember: Lefty loosey. Sometimes you can get it with your own muscle power. Other times it’s stuck like Chuck.
If it gives you any trouble, grab the adjustable wrench and an old rag or washcloth. The rag protects the finish on the shower arm. The wrench gives you some more Umph! (Remember lefty loosey…turn counter clockwise to loosen.)
Don’t do this project while wearing nice clothes. If it’s been used recently, there will be some water that leaks out.
Install new Shower Head
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 the threads of the shower arm. Wrap in the direction that you will be screwing on the new shower head.
Righty Tightey. (Clockwise)
Install the new
Screw it on. It needs to be snug but don’t 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. But DON’T over tighten. (If your shower head happens to be plastic, you could crack it.)
Turn on the water to check for leaks at the joint (where you just applied teflon tape and screwed the bugger on).
It’s probably best to wait until you’re not fully clothed.
It takes about 5 minutes to change a shower head — and most of that will be just getting the packaging open.
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