Installing a New Showerhead

1-2 hours

Replacing your showerhead is as easy as taking off the old one and screwing on the new one

A new showerhead can help lessen the amount of water you use and save money on your water bill. This guide shows you how to install three different kinds of showerheads: fixed-mount, hand-held-only, and fixed-mount with hand-held models.

WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS PROJECT

TOOLS

1
Remove the old showerhead
Remove old showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Try turning the showerhead by hand counter-clockwise to remove it. If you can remove it by hand, proceed to Step 2. If it can’t be removed by hand, keep reading.
• Wrap the jaws of slip-joint pliers with electrical tape or place a towel around the shower arm to protect the finish, and then grip the shower arm with the pliers.
• Use an adjustable wrench to loosen and unscrew the old showerhead.
• Clean off any rust or mineral deposits, old tape or leftover sealant on the shower arm threads.

2
Wrap the threads
Wrap the threads - Installing New Showerhead

• Wrap Teflon tape in a clockwise direction two or three times around the threads of the shower arm.
• Press the tape into the threads.

3
Installing a fixed-mount showerhead
Fixed-mount showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Screw the new showerhead onto the shower arm in a clockwise direction and tighten.
• Turn on the water and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, wrap with Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.

4
Installing a hand-held showerhead
Hand-held showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Screw the hand-held shower mount onto the shower arm and hand-tighten.
• Connect the flexible shower hose to the mount and to the hand-held shower. Hand tighten the connections.
• Place the hand-held shower in the mount.
• Turn on the water and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, apply Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.

5
Installing a fixed-mount with hand-held showerhead
Fixed-mount hand-held showerhead - Installing New Showerhead

• Attach the diverter that routes water to the showerhead to the shower arm and hand-tighten.
• Screw the fixed-mount showerhead onto the end of the diverter in a clockwise direction and hand-tighten.
• Attach the hand-held unit mount to the shower per the manufacturer’s directions.
• Connect the flexible shower hose to the diverter and to the hand-held shower. Hand-tighten the connections.
• Place the hand-held shower in the mount.
• Turn on the water and divert water from the fixed to the hand-held unit and check for leaks.
• If leaks occur, apply Teflon tape and carefully tighten with an adjustable wrench until there are no leaks.