How to Replace a Showerhead – Installing a Showerhead

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Changing your showerhead is simple. This video provides a brief overview, along with some helpful tips and tricks, on how to replace a showerhead in your bathroom with a fixed-mount showerhead.

Changing a showerhead is an easy DIY project that almost anyone can complete. A new fixture can reduce the amount of water you use, ultimately saving you money on your water bill.

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**Video Transcript**

Replacing a showerhead is a great, easy way to upgrade the look of your bathroom.

Adding matching shower trim helps complete the transformation, but you’ll need to make sure the new trim is compatible with the shower valve in your wall.

Showerheads, on the other hand, are universal and will attach to virtually any shower arm.

You can find showerheads in a multitude of styles and finishes.
Some have controls that allow you to adjust the water output to suit your preference.

You can even install a hand shower to give you more flexibility of use for bathing and cleaning.

For maximum water conservation, choose a low flow showerhead with a flow rate of less than two point five gallons per minute.

Before removing your showerhead, place a towel over the drain opening to prevent any loose parts from going down the drain.

The showerhead should just screw off, but if you find it’s stuck in place, spray a penetrating catalyst like PB Blaster into the threads in order to loosen the connection. Allow it to penetrate for a few minutes.

Now, place a rag over the shower arm and hold it in place with a pair of slip joint pliers.

With your other hand, use an adjustable wrench to turn the nut on the showerhead counter clockwise to remove it.

Once the showerhead is off, remove any tape or residue from the threads.

If your new showerhead calls for it, wrap some Teflon tape clockwise around the threads. Avoid going up too high on the shower arm, or the excess tape will show when you attach the showerhead.

If your unit does not use Teflon tape, make sure the threads are clean.
Screw on the showerhead and hand tighten until it’s snug.

Turn on the shower and make sure it doesn’t leak at the connection.

If it does, use the pliers to tighten the nut a quarter turn, while protecting the finish. Make sure you’re stabilizing the shower arm like before so it doesn’t turn inside the wall.

That’s it. You can begin using your new showerhead immediately, and enjoy a whole new experience when you turn on the water.

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