Installing a Shower Head In A Home
How much time do you spend in your bathroom? Do you enjoy standing beneath that shower and let the water run over your head for several minutes as you gently scrape yourself? Well, there is nothing more relaxing than having a beautiful and functional bathroom.
There are many reasons as to why you might want to change your shower head; maybe it’s broken, it does not spray properly due to deposits of calcium/lime or even erosion or most possibly you want a new luxury shower head or even a water saving one. But let us say your shower head got damaged in the morning while taking a shower? Do you necessarily need to call a plumber to come and install a new shower head for you? There is no reason to call the plumber today, just do it yourself! “But I have never done any plumbing work before,” you say. Relax.
It is very easy to install a shower head all by yourself without the help of a plumber! That is right. When replacing a shower head, the biggest part is removing the old broken head, and then you can be able to fix the new one.
You only need the following simple tools to get the job done:
*A towel/piece of old cloth
*Teflon tape/Pipe tape
Now, here are the seven simple steps that you will follow to replace that shower head within no time.
== Turn off the Water ==
The very first step in changing a shower head is to turn off the main water supply. You can achieve this by switching off the main valve to the bathroom shower.
Turning off the bathroom valve will ensure there is no water flow to the shower to prevent from getting wet.
The main water valve to the shower is usually in the basement or the utility closet of your house.
== Place a Tower on the Floor ==
The next step is to put a towel on the floor or the tub to protect any bits from the shower head that will fall or to protect the bathtub or floor from any tool that might fall.
== How Loose is the Old Shower Head?
The next step in replacing a shower head is to know how loose or firm the old shower head is. Knowing how free/tight the head is, is important so that you will not damage the pipe that is attached to the shower.
If the old head is loose enough, you opt to twist it with your hands and open it, turn it in the counter clockwise direction. However, if it is firmly attached to the pipe, you will need either a strap wrench or an adjustable wrench to open the head.
If you are going to use an adjustable wrench, remember to put some old cloth/tower over the area that the wrench is touching to protect it from the jaws of the wrench.
Alternatives, if you have two wrenches, you can use one wrench to hold the stem of the pipe in place while the other wrench is for opening the head of the shower.
== Inspection of the Threads of the Pipe ==
Once you have removed the old broken shower head, check the condition of the threads of the stem of the tube.
Clean them if there be any particles of the shower head threads or rust that were broken and left attached to it. Use an old toothbrush and soapy water or a piece of cloth to clean.
Also, you can remove any old pipe tape or Teflon from the stem of the pipe threads.
== Wrapping the Threads ==
After you have cleaned the threads of the stem of the tube, next wrap the threads of the stem pipe with Teflon or pipe tape before screwing in the new shower head. The Teflon will help to prevent water leakage.
You can apply about two to three turns of the Teflon tape in a clockwise direction tightly. You must put the Teflon in the clockwise direction that when you screw in the shower head, the Teflon tape will not come off.
Remember to press the tape into the grooves of the threads to make it easy for the shower head to slide through when screwing. You can press them with the help of your fingers. You should feel the threads through the tape with your hand as you press the Teflon into the grooves.
== Installation of New Shower Head ==
Next, install the new shower head. Once you are the threads are clean and wrapped with Teflon, the next step is to proceed with screwing the new shower head.
But remember to check if the rubber washer is given. If it is not, then skip this step. If a rubber washer is provided, insert it into the shower arm connection nut and push it down flat.
When you are screwing the new head, you can turn it into position with your hands, or you can use the wrench to fix it into place tightly.
Remember, when setting using the wrench, put a piece of cloth/towel to protect the pipes. Take caution not to over tighten the head when you install it. Over tightening the shower head can lead to damaging the threads or even breaking the shower head connection pipe.
== Turn on the Water ==
Once you have finished installing the shower head reviews, activate the shower water supply. Then activate the shower and check for any water leakage from the new shower that you just installed.
If it leaks, turn off the water again and re-open the new shower head and apply some more Teflon tape, make more turns than you did in the first place then ensure that the threads do not overlap when screwing and fix the head back.
Turn the water on again and check for any leakages.
If no water leaks, go ahead and congratulate yourself for the work well done and being great in following simple steps.
That was not very hard, was it? Congratulations, now you can enjoy your shower the way you love it. Have a great shower experience once again.
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