How to Fit a Shower Head

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Fitting a shower head is a very easy project. The fittings on most shower heads are a standard size and will fit on the water line extending out of the wall. Before you begin, deternine the shower head size, if you want a shower head that saves on water usage and the style.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Channel locks
  • Teflon plumbing tape

Remove Existing Shower Head Install New

  • Place a rag around the nut on the back of the shower head. Use the channel locks to turn the nut counter clockwise. Completely loosen the nut. Once the nut is loosened, the shower head will come off.

  • Use plumbers' teflon tape to wrap the stem or water line that extends out of the shower wall. Wrap it approximately three times. The tape will help to prevent leaking from the back of the shower head. Teflon tape comes in a tape dispenser it is a thin white tape.

  • Remove the metal flange from the water line. The flange is the metal plate that slides over the water line and sits flat against the shower wall. New shower heads will also come with a new flange. Slide the new flange onto the water line and push it back against the shower wall.

  • Place the new shower head onto the water line extending out of the shower wall. Turn the nut by hand counter-clockwise to get it started. Place a rag around the nut. Use the channel locks to tighten the nut securely to the water line. The rag will keep you from scarring the chrome finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are not sure that the new shower head will fit onto the water line, take the old shower head with you when you purchase the new one.
  • The pliers will scar the finish on the new shower head if you do not place a rag around the nut when you tighten it.

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