How to Install a Hand-Held Shower Head

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Installing a flexible, hand-held shower head is a simple project that can be performed by even the most inexperienced homeowner/plumber using simple tools available in most home tool boxes.
In addition to upgrading the hardware in your bathroom the installation of a hand-held shower head provides flexibility in the shower that aids in cleaning and maintaining the shower. This installation can be completed in ten minutes or less.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 flexible, hand-held shower head
  • 1 adjustable wrench
  • 1 roll of Teflon plumber's tape
  • 1 tube of water-proof glue
  • 1 steel wool or Brillo pad
  • 1/4 cup of white vinegar
  • 10 inches of duct tape
  • Use an adjustable wrench to remove the existing, fixed shower head and set this aside.

  • Clean residue build-up on shower head threads by wetting the threads with vinegar. Then clean them with steel wool or a Brillo pad.

  • Wipe any residue from the surface and dry it with paper towel.

  • Allow the threads to dry and then wrap threads with one layer of Teflon tape wrapped in a clockwise direction.

  • Thread the hand-held hose attachment over the outlet pipe threads and slowly screw the hose in place over the Teflon-coated threads.

  • Tighten until you can tighten no longer. Do not force additional tightening.

  • Select a desired position for placement of the wall mount to be used when the shower head is to be used as a regular shower.
    Typically this will be equal in height and 6 to 8 inches to the side of the old (fixed) shower head location.

  • Evenly distribute water resistant glue on the back side of the wall mount bracket and place it in the selected position on the shower wall.

  • Secure the bracket in place using masking or duct tape until the glue dries. Allow the glue to dry for 24 hours.

  • Remove the tape and place hand-held shower head in wall mounted bracket and adjust head to point in desired direction for use as a fixed shower.

  • Use the flexible shower head as a hand-held shower head by unsnapping it from the wall mounted bracket.

Tips & Warnings

  • The use of Teflon tape to line the mounting pipe threads is optional, but is beneficial in preventing leaks around connection joint.
  • Wall mounting bracket may be screwed to shower wall, but if this option is followed be careful not to crack wall tile.

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