How to Convert a Standard Showerhead to a Hand Held Showerhead

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A relaxing shower
A relaxing shower (Image: shower series. goofy in the shower image by Alexey Stiop from Fotolia.com)

Handheld showerheads come in many forms and with various features. You can enjoy a more comfortable bath by converting your fixed showerhead into a handheld showerhead. Not only can you receive direct blasts of water where you want it, but you can also enjoy other benefits such as lower electricity cost, less water usage, adjustable water pressure, etc. There is nothing more relaxing than a good complete bath and a handheld showerhead will give you a more enjoyable one.

Things You'll Need

  • Open end wrench
  • Towel
  • Handheld showerhead
  • Teflon tape

Shut off the water to the showerhead and place a large towel on the floor under the showerhead. The towel should absorb leaks or spilled water and it should also be able to protect tiles or fiberglass in case something should drop.

Shut off shower valve
Shut off shower valve (Image: Bath Tap image by Lucid_Exposure from Fotolia.com)

Remove the fixed showerhead by using an open wrench and turning counterclockwise until the showerhead is loose.

Open wrench
Open wrench (Image: old worked off adjustable wrench 3 image by Kostyantyn Ivanyshen from Fotolia.com)

Clean any dirt or deposits from the threaded pipe that held the fixed showerhead and then cut four inches of teflon tape and wrap it clockwise around the thread of the pipe starting from the tip.

Showerhead
Showerhead (Image: Photo of chrome metal shower image by semisatch from Fotolia.com)

Install the handheld showerhead by attaching it to the pipe and twisting it clockwise by hand until it becomes tight enough. Use the wrench to tighten it further, but make sure that you do not over-tighten the connection as it can crack the new handheld showerhead.

Handheld showrhead
Handheld showrhead (Image: new shower image by .shock from Fotolia.com)

Adjust the angle of the showerhead holding bracket to your desired position and open the shower valve to test the new handheld showerhead.

Tips & Warnings

  • Should there be leaks, try tightening the showerhead by twisting it another turn, otherwise remove the showerhead together with the teflon tape, apply a new tape and reattach the showerhead.

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