Replace Shower Head
Best Five Minutes I Spent Last Week
Replace the shower head – those little words used to bring out an immediate response of “but I don’t know how” from me. I’m trying to evolve into a person who does more around the house myself rather than creating honey-do lists for my wonderful hubby. Fact is – he’s around the house a lot less than me. So instead of assuming I didn’t know how and feeling intimidated, I read some articles online and spent a few minutes with my local home improvement store staff and got the basics. And I decided to do it myself!
The original shower head in our bathroom was outdated and worked poorly. I wanted a basic shower head with a hose attachment. Nothing super fancy, but that hose part makes or breaks the usefulness of it for me because nothing makes dog and kid washing easier than a hose.
You’ll need an adjustable wrench, some Teflon tape if your kit doesn’t come with it (mind did), and an old rag to wipe down the shower head.
Replacing the shower had is seriously a 5 minute job. I spent $30 on a new shower head so it’s also relatively inexpensive. I’m stumped as to why I didn’t do this myself months ago. Ready? I took pictures so let’s walk through it step by step.
Step 1 – Remove the old shower head
Step 2 – Clean and prep
Once you’ve got the old shower head off – you’ll need to clean up the remaining shower arm (that thing that is still sticking out from the wall). I did a wipe down and removed as much of the old Teflon tape (that white stuff around the threads) as possible.
Next, wrap some Teflon tape around the threads on the shower arm in the direction that you’ll tighten the shower head. So if your shower head will tighten to the right, wrap your tape to the right.
Step 3 – Attach the new shower arm bracket
Step 4 – Attach the hose to the shower arm
The directions on my new shower head required a washer between the hose and the shower arm bracket (which the kit came with). After putting the washer in place, I hand tightened this connection.
Step 5 – Attach the shower head to the hose
Next up, one more washer – between the shower head and the hose. After putting this washer in place, I hand tightened this connection. Then voila! You’re done.
The hose will lay down flat, it just takes a day or two because of all that time spent curled up in the packaging.
And that’s it! Have you ever replaced a shower head yourself? I’d love to hear about it!