Installing A Handheld Shower Head Is Easy With These 6 Steps

Installing a handheld shower head is a great way to improve your bathing experience, especially if you are a senior or disabled. It’s a simple project that can be completed in just a few steps, and it’s a great way to save money on your water bill. Plus, it’s more comfortable than using a traditional shower head. So if you’re looking for an easy way to upgrade your bathroom, installing a hand held shower head is the perfect solution. So lets take a look how to install a handheld shower head.

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1. Before installing a handheld shower head Turn Off The Water Supply

Before you begin installing a handheld shower head or any plumbing project, it is important to turn off the water supply to avoid flooding and serious injuries. Locate the water shutoff valve for your bathroom sink and turn it clockwise to close it. Then open up your bathroom sink faucets to release any remaining water in the pipes.

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2. Remove Old Shower Head & Clean Shower Arm

Most people don’t think about their shower head until it starts leaking or the water pressure drops. But taking a few minutes to clean your shower head and arm can make a big difference in your showering experience. Here’s how to do it:

First, remove the old shower head by unscrewing it from the shower arm. If it’s stuck, you may need to use a wrench or pliers. Once it’s loose, gently pull it off and set it aside.

Next, take a look at the shower arm. If there’s any build-up of mineral deposits, soak it in vinegar for a few hours (or overnight) to loosen the deposits. Then scrub it with a brush to remove any remaining residue.

If the shower arm looks very worn, you will want to replace the shower arm pipe.

Use a microfiber cloth to clean the shower arm threads. It just picks up a lot of the grit and helps to remove the old thread seal tape. Give it a good wipe down and you’ll be ready to go.

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3. Applying the New Thread Sealant Tape To The Shower Arm 

Now that you’ve cleaned your shower arm, it’s time to apply new thread seal tape, ensuring a leak-free seal when installing your shower head.

Make sure that when you’re applying the thread seal tape you go in the same direction as you would when you attach shower head to your shower arm. So, in a clockwise motion, wind the thread seal tape around the shower arm pipe so that it doesn’t unravel when you attach your shower head.

Starting at the bottom of the pipe, work your way up the threads, giving it about 4 to 5 turns. Finally, smooth out the thread sealant tape onto the shower arm threads using your fingers.

Now it’s time to Install The Hand Held Shower Head With Hose

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4. installing a handheld shower head Holder

The shower head holder has a rubber washer per-installed inside to provide an extra level of leak-free seal. Make sure that it is seated properly inside of the threads before proceeding.

Start by tightening the shower head holder by hand, going in a clockwise motion. You can now tighten it down even more using a pair of soft grip pliers or an adjustable wrench. It’s always recommended that you cover the fitting with a cloth so you don’t scratch the finish when using your pliers or wrench.

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5. Attach The New Shower Head

Now you’re ready to attach your new handheld shower head. First, remove any packaging or protective covers from the unit. Then attach the hose to the connection point on the back of the main unit body. Make sure that you screw it on tightly so there are no leaks. Finally, connect the hand shower handle by aligning it with the connection points on the main unit and pressing it firmly into place until you hear it click into place.

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6. Test For Leaks & Enjoy Your New Handheld Shower Head

Before using your new handheld shower head, turn on the water at your sink and let it run for a few minutes to clear out any sediment that may have accumulated during installation. Then go ahead and test out your new shower head by turning on the water at full force and making sure there are no leaks at any of the connections. If everything looks good, then enjoy washing yourself (or your dog!) with both hands free!

Are Shower Heads Universal?

Shower heads have a universal thread size in the United States and Canada, which is designated as ½-inch NPT. As a result, any locally sold shower head should be compatible with your shower arm. The exceptions to this rule are shower heads sold in other countries, unconventional shower head designs, or very old homes.

Conclusion

Installing a handheld shower head are a great way to save water while still getting the most out of your shower. If you’re thinking of installing one in your home, we have some tips to help make the process go as smoothly as possible. Our team at [company name] is always here to help with any plumbing questions or needs you may have, so don’t hesitate to get in touch! Have you ever installed a handheld shower head? What was your experience like? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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Ron

Hi, my name is Ron Anderson, a VA Certified caregiver and I’ve been my dad’s (Lee Anderson) caretaker for 5 years now, which has been a massive education for me.

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