Installing an Adjustable Shower Head Installing an Adjustable Shower Head

What You'll Need
Adjustable Wrench
Teflon Tape

Installing an adjustable shower head is like installing most other shower heads. The difference in shower heads are typically with the way the water comes out the top, not the way it fits into the wall and attaches to the water pipe. The name, adjustable shower head, is in reference to being able to adjust the speed and the way the water flows out. Installing an adjustment shower head is a very easy do-it-yourself project.

Step 1: Turn Off Water

The first thing that should be done is to make sure all shower faucets are turned off. Some experts recommend turning the water off completely, while others find that is not necessary.

Step 2: Remove Old Shower Head

Find the flat spot at the base of the old shower head, called a pipe nipple. This is where the shower head screws into the pipe coming out of the wall. Using an adjustable wrench, turn the flat spot counter-clockwise to loosen and then remove the shower head. Clean the threads of any old Teflon tape or pipe compound.

Step 3: Prepare the Good-Neck Threads

Now that the good-neck threads are clean, wrap with new Teflon tape to prevent leaks with the new shower head. Be sure not to tape above the threaded area or it will show after the new head is installed. Use fingers to firmly, yet carefully press the tape into the threads.

Step 4A: New Adjustable Shower Head Has A Washer

The threads are now ready to screw the new shower head into the good-neck. Open the package and remove the new adjustable shower head. If the new head comes with a rubber washer, skip to Step 4B.  If it does not, follow these instructions:
This adjustable shower head is made to be hand tightened. Screw the head into the goose-neck arm. Using hands only, tighten it as much as possible. Turn the water on and check for leaks. If there are leaks at the connection, tighten it more. If needed, very gently use a wrench. It is recommended that a cloth, leather, or duct tape be used so that the finish does not get marred. Repeat until no leaks are found.

Step 4B: New Adjustable Shower Head Does Not Have A Washer

When there is a washer included with the new adjustable shower head, follow these instructions: Place the washer onto the shower head. Screw the head into the goose-neck arm. Using hands only, tighten it as much as possible. Turn the water on and check for leaks. If there are leaks at the connection, tighten it more. Do not use a wrench with this type of shower head as the washer can go  up inside the shower arm.

Step 5: Clean Up

This final phase of the project, one that the rest of the family will be happy wasn’t skipped as it sometimes happens, is clean-up. Be sure to clean up any sprayed water from the floor or other areas. Pick up the tape and the tools and put away.

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