How to Install a Shower Arm Flange

  • 2-4 hours
  • Beginner
  • 15-80
What You'll Need
New shower arm flange
Wrench - adjustable
Teflon tape
Shower cleaner
Rubber gloves

A shower arm flange is a must to help give your shower a clean and polished look. The flange is used to cover the pipe from the shower to look great as well as protect the pipe from damage. If you are looking to install a new shower arm flange in your bathroom, here are a few materials and quick steps to help you through the process.

Step 1 - Prepare the Area

WARNING: Be sure to wear safety goggles and gloves as you work.

Find a replacement shower arm flange that either matches the old unit or goes well with your bathroom décor. You can find them online or at local hardware and plumbing stores.

Shut the water supply off to the area. Remove the old showerhead. Do so by turning it in a counterclockwise direction slowly. You may need to use a wrench to help loosen it up, depending on how long it has been in place and how tight it is. Once the showerhead is removed, you can set it to the side and take off the old shower arm flange. Again, you may need to use the wrench to loosen it completely.

Step 2 - Tape the Arm and Install

Use Teflon tape to wrap around each side or end of the shower arm. Then put the new flange around the shower arm that you just taped. Use the wrench to screw the arm to the wall surround in the shower. Tighten it completely by turning it clockwise.

Step 3 - Attach Shower Head

Attach the showerhead that you removed earlier. Turn it clockwise and use the wrench to tighten it as you go along. Be careful to attach it straight on and tighten it completely so that there are no leaks. Once you have finished attaching it, use a shower cleaner and towel to wipe down the area completely.

Step 4 - Test It Out

Now that the new shower arm flange has been installed, restore the water and test it out. When the supply is back on to that area, turn the shower on and watch it to see if there are any leaks around the showerhead and flange. If you find any, turn the water back off and carefully go back through the steps to make sure that you have tightened everything as you go along. Using a wrench can help to ensure that you are sealing any opening.

Once you have straightened everything out and tested it again, you can go ahead and use the shower like you normally would. Be sure to check it over the next week or so to be sure that there are no problems.