Replacing a Shower Head

by Ashley Horne

Replacing a showerhead may seem like quite the challenge, but it is actually fairly easy. It’s a great project for an empowered woman to take on and is relatively inexpensive.

Shower Head

For this project you will need a pair of pliers and a wrench. You will also need to go to any home improvement store and purchase a new shower head. You want to make sure you get one that has all the attributes for which you are searching. Be careful to examine the different characteristics of each, find a style you like and a price that matches your budget. While at the store, purchase pipe joint compound as well. Once you have these tools and supplies, you’re ready to start your project!

First, you will want to remove the old shower head. Have your wrench and pliers handy. You will need to unscrew the old showerhead from the pipe. Take your wrench and get a good grip around the fitting of the showerhead. Often times a buildup of gunk has formed underneath the fitting so be prepared to put some elbow grease into the removal of the shower head. If you have no luck removing the shower head with the wrench, try using your pliers. A wide mouth pair of pliers will be best for this task.

Once you have removed the shower head, you’ll want to wipe away any corrosion that can be found on the threads of the water pipe. Then, apply some pipe joint compound to the end of the water pipe. Screw the new showerhead onto the water pipe by hand at first. When you can’t tighten the showerhead any more use the wrench to tighten the fitting. You will only need to tighten the fitting about a quarter turn. Then turn the water on and continue to tighten a quarter turn until there are no leaks.

The final step in this project should be to try it out! Changing your shower head is as simple as that!

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