How to Disassemble a Shower Head

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How to Disassemble a Shower Head
Disassemble a shower head to make simple repairs. (Buena Vista Images/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

While it's good to have the plumber's number handy for emergencies, most people are quite capable of fixing simple problems like a clogged or leaky faucet. One of the more uncertain steps in do-it-yourself plumbing is disassembling the components. To remove mineral deposits or replace an old washer in a leaky shower, you will have to disassemble the shower head. As long as you keep all the shower head parts contained in one place, you can complete these repairs without a plumber.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Wrench or adjustable pliers
  • Rag or towel

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Turn off the water supply. You may have a valve that supplies water directly to the shower/bathtub, or you may have to shut off the main water line to the house.

  2. 2

    Locate the shower head's collar nut, which attaches to the arm, the pipe that protrudes from the wall. Wrap the nut in a rag or other protective layer so you don't scratch the finish. Loosen the collar nut with a wrench or pliers.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the swivel ball nut that holds the shower head to the mounting collar, using a wrench. Once this piece is removed, the parts will come apart fairly easily. Take note of how they go together for reassembly.

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