Easy DIY: How to Replace a Shower Head

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Replacing a shower head is one of the easiest bathroom DIY’s you can do. I’m talking five minute project start to finish. Yes, it’s really that easy. I’ve replaced the shower heads in almost every apartment we’ve lived in. (What can I say? I like a nice shower experience!) So, of course, when we got our hands on the Dream House, it was one of my first DIY projects. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial for replacing your own shower head…

Before we get started, you’re going to need a couple of tools.

Tools required:

Step 1: Using the vice grip, remove the existing shower head by turning the connector counter clockwise.

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Step two: Once you’ve removed the shower head, you’ll probably need to apply a strip of Teflon tape to the threads on the shower arm. (See that white stuff on the shower arm above? That’s the Teflon tape that was applied when the previous shower head was installed.) I say you’ll probably need Teflon tape because some shower heads, like the one I installed, specifically say you do NOT need it. Refer to the instructions included with your shower head to see if it’s required.

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Step three: Screw the new shower head onto the shower arm. Make sure it’s nice and tight to prevent any leaks. You might need to use your vice grip to get a really secure seal. Turn on the shower to make sure there are no leaks around the connector.

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Step four: Enjoy your new shower!

Additional note: Your shower arm probably won’t look like the one pictured here. The previous owners of the Dream House installed this shower arm, which raises the height of the shower head. I chose to keep this shower arm because I like have the shower head be a bit taller than it would be with a standard shower arm.

— J. Blandings

Image: Mr. and Mr. Blandings

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