How to Change a Wall-Mounted Shower Head

Updated February 21, 2017

Replacing your shower head can change your bathing experience. Many shower head options are available to improve water savings, adjust the spray intensity or add pulsating massage action. Regardless of the type of shower head you choose, installation is simple.

Remove the existing shower head by rotating the base connection counterclockwise, using an adjustable wrench.

Clean any residual pipe dope or tape from the threads of the shower tube, if necessary, using a small wire brush.

Apply thread tape to the shower tube by wrapping the threads clockwise with three to four layers of tape.

Install the new shower head by threading the inlet connection clockwise onto the shower tube, then tightening the connection using an adjustable wrench.

Things You'll Need

  • Adjustable wrench
  • Teflon thread tape
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About the Author

Paul Massey has been writing since 2009, drawing on a 35-year career in the construction industry. His experience includes 15 years as a general building contractor specializing in architectural design, custom homes, commercial development and historic renovations.