How to replace your shower head
A shower head replacement is an easy enough job for any DIY Homeowner if you have the right knowledge and tools. Like any project, safety should always be your first concern. ensure that the water is turned off and that the diverter is pushed down(for tubs) reliving the water pressure from the shower head water line. Dry the area around the tub or shower thoroughly, then place a drop cloth down. This will ensure a slip free area to stand.
Tools for the job
Most shower head replacements require the same tools and supplies. An adjustable wrench, channel locks (pliers), thread seal tape, and a rag or cloth.
Prepare to unscrew your old shower head. You’ll have to turn the showerhead counter-clockwise. Try turning it by hand first, if more force is required wrap a cloth around the shower head and use an adjustable wrench ( if the shower head nut has two flats) or channel locks. Be careful not to use too much force with tools to avoid damage.
Clean the threads on the shower neck of any debris, old thread seal tape, or pipe dope. Threads should be visibly clean before your next step.
Apply thread seal tape to the shower neck in the direction of the threads. Make sure to cover all the threads as you push the tape in the gaps, thread seal tape is designed to fill the spaces between threads to create a water tight seal.
Thread your new shower head on the the neck and tighten by hand. While most shower heads can be tightened by hand, you may require a tool to seal it properly. However, you should test before you decide to use tools as you may not need to tighten more.
Remove your drop cloth and tools from the shower or tub. turn the water on, pull the diverter (tubs only), and observe for leaks. If the threads have not sealed, replace the drop cloth. Wrap a cloth around the shower head nut and tighten using your adjustable wench or channel locks. tighten slowly until the leak subsides.
Clean up your tools, remove the drop cloth and test once more. If a leak persists repeat steps 1 through 5. If not, you’ve completed your task! Pat yourself on the back for a job well done. Your shower head replacement is complete!