How to Screw a Shower Head to a Pipe Without Scratching

Attach the shower head firmly to avoid leaks.
Attach the shower head firmly to avoid leaks. (Image: Jupiterimages/ Images)

Nothing is more irritating than damaging a brand-new addition to your house in the very act of installing it. A brand-new shower head can add a touch of class and freshness to your bathroom, but only if it hasn't been scratched and damaged in the process of putting it in.

Things You'll Need

  • Teflon tape
  • Pipe wrench
  • Piece of cheesecloth

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Wrap a 6-inch-long piece of Teflon tape around the threads that are on the pipe that is sticking out of the wall.

Screw the shower head onto the pipe using only your hand.

Test the tightness of the shower head by turning on the water and watching for leaks. If it doesn't leak, you're done. If it leaks, go to Step 4.

Wrap a piece of cheesecloth around the shower head and fit a pipe wrench around the shower head, with the cheesecloth protecting the surface of the shower head from the pipe wrench.

Stabilize the pipe that comes from the wall with one hand and gently turn the shower head using the pipe wrench with the other hand. Test the water and tighten until the shower head no longer drips or leaks.


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