Project Guide

How to Change a Showerhead

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BEFORE THE INSTALLATION
Remove old showerhead - Installing New Showerhead
  • Before installing a new showerhead, you'll first need to remove the old one.
  • Try turning the shower head by hand counter-clockwise to remove it. If you can remove it by hand, proceed to Step 2. If not, keep reading for instructions on how to remove a shower head. 
  • 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.
  • Wrap Teflon tape in a clockwise direction two or three times around the threads of the shower arm. 
  • Press the tape into the threads.
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HOW TO INSTALL A FIXED SHOWERHEAD
Fixed-mount showerhead - Installing New Showerhead
  • Screw the showerhead replacement 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.                 

Tip: for help choosing the right showerhead for your bathroom, see our buying guide. Popular options include rain showerheads and multi-spray pattern varieties.

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HOW TO INSTALL 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 showerhead 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.
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HOW TO INSTALL A COMBO FIXED-MOUNT AND HAND-HELD SHOWERHEAD
Fixed-mount hand-held showerhead - Installing New Showerhead
  • Attach the diverter that routes water to the shower head 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.