Easy DIY Home Improvement Projects: Installing a Basic Showerhead

Are you having problems with your showerhead? Does it hang too low for an effective shower or does it even work properly. While there are plenty of things in your home that can be difficult to fix or replace, a showerhead isn’t one of them. Based on my unfortunate experience of having my showerhead malfunction on me in the morning before I had to go to work, I now know how to replace a showerhead in the bathroom and I am passing my knowledge off to those of you who may not know.

Check it out the easy instructions of installing a basic showerhead:

You will need to purchase an entire showerhead adapter kit at either Lowe’s or Home Depot. You will also need some masking tape and Teflon tape. Teflon tape is used for plumbing purposes, like sealing together pipe thread. It is a very inexpensive tape so it shouldn’t be a problem getting it. Also, make sure you have a good pair of pliers (adjustable) handy.

Remove the old showerhead with the adjustable pliers. When I was removing my old showerhead, I noticed that it was harder to get off because there was old putty around the shower stem. I used a wet rag to get off the old putty, but you can use anything that you feel will get it off easy for you. I heard that paint thinner works good too.

Before you install the new showerhead onto the shower stem, use some of the Teflon tape and wrap it around the threads of the stem. This will prevent the stem from water leakage. Now you can attach the shower head. Most kits come with a diverter, so it is important to screw the diverter on before the actually showerhead. Use the adjustable pliers to tighten, but be careful not to tighten it to tight. If you ever need to get another showerhead, you will be in the bathroom forever trying to get the old one off.

With the diverter device, you have the option of installing a second showerhead. The showerhead kit that I bought had an attachable showerhead and a handheld showerhead. You have the option of using only one diverter or both.

That is it, the simple instructions on installing a basic showerhead. When purchasing the showerhead, make sure you find a reasonably priced kit and not a super expensive one. After all, it’s just a shower.

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