How To Replace A Showerhead

  • How To Replace A Showerhead

Showerheads can last for years, they do eventually start to look grotty and dated, and most of the older models were designed before saving water was even a consideration.

If your showerhead has been around since Elvis was still alive, then it’s time to get a new one. 

A basic water-saving one will cost upwards of $20 and they only take about 10 minutes to install.

It doesn’t need any specialised plumbing tools, just a shifting spanner, utility knife and wire brush. 

TIP If your showerhead doesn’t come with a reel of plumber’s tape, buy one for about $1, from hardware stores.

Replace a showerhead

Removing the old apparatus and fitting a new one takes minutes and gives an old bathroom an instant lift. Most plumbing jobs have to be carried out by a qualified professional, but simple tasks like this one are fine for anyone to DIY.

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Step 1. Remove old head

Remove the old showerhead using a shifter to loosen and unscrew it from the pipe in the wall, taking care not to wrench the pipes. TIP Spray WD-40 on the thread first

Step 2. Clean the thread

Clean the thread with a utility knife. Remove the old flange and clean the tiles around the hole, then use a wire brush to remove any remaining debris from the thread of the showerhead pipe.

Step 3. Position new flange

Position the new flange then wind two turns of plumber’s tape onto the thread in a clockwise direction. Wind on the nut and secure with a shifter, but don’t over-tighten.

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