How to Remove a Shower Head Ball

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Inside each shower head is a ball that regulates the flow of water; it sometimes clogs and requires removal. Maintain the shower head ball with help from an experienced contractor in this free video.

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Hi, my name is Chris Wade, and I'm a contractor in the city of Los Angeles. Today, I'm going to show you how to remove a shower head ball. Alright here we are at our shower head and when you find that when you turn the water on water is seeping through the ball area here. Most shower heads you cannot get to that ball. You're just going to end up having to replace it but this particular one we can do that and what you want to do is you want to remove the whole shower head and you want to do that by taking your wrench. Again if you're going to save the shower head you're going to want to put some tape around the wrench here and you're just going to want to turn it, get it broken from the seal and you can remove it with just your hand and what you want to do is you want to take the bottom portion of the faucet off so you can get to the ball. Usually it's hand tight so you shouldn't need a tool for that and basically you just want to get to this ball part right here and you're going to want to basically this is what you're going to be replacing. Once you get the new piece, you know, and it's important that you find the one that matches your existing shower head or obviously it's not going to fit. But you just want to simply just put it back in there and inside here you'll see that you'll get some sediment buildup and some flakes and stuff, go ahead and just clean that out. You can blow it out, rinse it under the faucet, whatever you need to do and you want to pick up a little can of plumber's grease and just basically finger a little bit in here which will keep it nice and lubricated and then basically you just put the thing back together, hand tighten it, don't over tighten it and we'll put some new Teflon tape up here. You always want to go clockwise as to when you spine the new fixture on it will not tear into it and then we'll put this up here and we'll hand tighten it and then we'll give it one last oomph with a wrench. And that's pretty much how you replace the ball on your shower head. Like I said earlier, most shower heads are not going to have access to that ball. You're going to end up replacing the whole shower head itself but if you find that you can't get to it that would be the procedure in order to do that so good luck.

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