How to Install a New Shower

Written by shaun helsom
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How to Install a New Shower
A speciality shower may cost a little extra but it is worth the extra relaxation. (shower image by Ekaterina Shvigert from

A new shower can make all the difference in changing your morning routine. There are various types of showers that can be purchased from hardware stores including high power, low water usage, or massage showers. Although there are many to choose from, all have the same installation procedure. A proper shower installation will ensure you have a leak-free and enjoyable shower in the morning.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wrench
  • Plumber's tape
  • Small cloth

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  1. 1

    Turn the head of the old shower counter clockwise with a wrench to remove it. If you plan on using it later, wrap it with a small cloth to prevent cosmetic damage.

  2. 2

    Remove any white plumber's tape that remains from the previous shower's installation. Rewrap the connection with fresh plumber's tape, pulling about three layers around tightly to prevent leaking.

  3. 3

    Twist the new shower clockwise by hand until it will not turn any further.

  4. 4

    Cover the shower with a small cloth. Tighten the connection with a wrench until it is firmly in place.

  5. 5

    Turn on the shower and check for leaks. If leaks are seen remove the shower, remove the existing plumber's tape, and rewrap with two more layers than you previously put on.

Tips and warnings

  • When attaching the new shower do not over tighten the connection. After turning it by hand you should only need about one half turn more. Over tightening can damage the shower or connecting threads.

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