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Replacing a Shower Head

Is your shower head performing like you need it to? If you find that it takes you longer than usual to rinse the soap off your body and the shampoo out of your hair, it can be frustrating. Most likely, the cause is your shower head and the fix is a simple one: either clean or replace your shower head.

REPLACING YOUR SHOWER HEAD

Start by taking some precautions: place a towel or blanket in the tub to protect it in the event you drop a tool, and cover the drain with a cloth to prevent parts from falling into the drain. Make sure the tub faucet is off and is not set to direct the water to the shower head.

Remove the old shower head. It should just unscrew from the shower arm, but you may have some difficulty if it has been attached for a prolonged period of time. If you have trouble, take a pair of slip-joint pliers and grip the shower arm (if you wrap it in electrical tape first, you will prevent the tool from marring the surface of the shower arm). Then, use an adjustable wrench to unscrew the shower head by turning it counterclockwise.

Take the time to clean anything off the shower arm threads so it is clean and ready for a new shower head.

Wrap plumber’s tape (Teflon tape) 2-3 times in a clockwise direction around the threads of the shower arm and then press the tape into the threads.

Screw the new shower head onto the shower arm. If you chose a more elaborate shower head, follow the directions on the container. The hardest part is getting the old shower head off.

If you are strapped for time, cannot get the shower head off the shower arm or need assistance for any reason at all, call JMAC Plumbing and Air Conditioning—your Las Vegas air conditioning and plumbing specialists—to schedule a time for a professional plumber to come out and take care of it for you.

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