How to Replace Bathroom Shower Fixtures

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Shower fixtures are one of those things that we see every day and tell ourselves that we really need to replace sometime soon. Then as soon as we are out of the shower and on to other things we forget about them. Finally we write a to do list and remember the shower fixtures. Now all you have to do is install the new ones. Once you find out just how easy it is, and how much better the bathroom looks, you'll kick yourself for not doing it sooner.

Things You'll Need

  • New shower fixtures Flat head and Phillips head screwdriver Silicone caulk
  • Take the old fixtures off. Hot and cold water handles can be removed by unscrewing a set screw on the bottom of the handle and gently wiggling them off. The trim for the handles will just come off when pulled. If there is any old caulk holding the trim on, you may want to go around the outside with a utility knife and separate the caulk from the wall. The shower head can be removed by unscrewing it from the pipe coming in from the wall.

  • Clean the stems and shower head pipe threads with a good household cleaner. Allow them to dry and place some Teflon tape around the threads from the shower head pipe.

  • Install the new shower head by screwing it onto the pipe and adjusting for proper positioning. Install the new hot and cold water handles by placing on the new trim pieces and then pushing the knobs on gently and screwing in the set screw at the bottom.

  • Turn on the water and check for leaks. Then place a bead of silicone caulk around the outside rim of the trim and smoothing with your finger. This will not only make it look nicer, but will fill in any little pin holes in the bead of caulk.

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