How to replace a shower hose

Updated February 21, 2017

A traditional shower offers a waterfall positioned over your head. For a more luxurious experience, a hose extends from the shower faucet and connects to a special shower handle. This allows you to hold the shower head in your hand and move it over your body. As the hose gets used, it may begin to split or come undone. When this happens, you will need to replace the hose to keep your shower in working order.

Turn off the water to the bathroom.

Remove the old hose by unscrewing it from the shower faucet with the wrench. Twist off the shower handle from the hose. Remove the hose from the shower area.

Peel away any tape sticking to the threads on the shower faucet. Gently use a screwdriver to pry off any remaining tape.

Re-wrap the shower faucet connection with new tape. Wrap the end of the shower hose that will be screwed into the shower handle with the tape as well.

Screw the shower hose onto the shower faucet. Use the wrench to tighten it. Screw the shower handle onto the other end of the shower hose. Turn the water back on to make sure everything works.


Dry all of your surfaces before performing any work on the shower. A wet surface can be slippery, causing you to fall.

Put just enough pressure on the faucet with the wrench to tighten the hose. If you put too much pressure, you could damage the pipe.

Things You'll Need

  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Teflon tape
  • New shower hose
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R.L. Cultrona is a San Diego native and a graduate of San Diego State University. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in theater, television and film with a minor in communications and political science. She began writing online instructional articles in June 2009.