How to Extend a Shower Arm

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How to Extend a Shower Arm
Shower heads can be extended to increase ease and comfort. (Shower image by Semfamily from

Optimal shower settings are of great importance to those who like to carry out their personal hygiene routines in comfort. Homeowners and renters alike are usually permitted to customise their shower heads, arms and nozzles to their liking. Adjusting a shower arm to the perfect length is simpler than it appears; the task requires only a few tools and a few minutes to complete.

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Things you need

  • Shower arm extension
  • White plumber's tape
  • Pliers

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  1. 1

    Purchase a shower arm extension from your local hardware store or online, ensuring that it is the desired size, shape and colour for your purposes. Also, make sure that your current shower head will fit nicely onto the arm. If you like, you may purchase an entirely new shower head to accompany the arm extension.

  2. 2

    Remove your existing shower head from its base, unscrewing the unit gently and using pliers or grips if necessary. Stay alert to leaks in the plumbing, using white plumber's tape to seal wherever needed. The shower head should be simple to remove. Set aside.

  3. 3

    Locate your new shower arm extension, which should look like a pipe or section of tubing. Attach one end to the base, where your shower head was previously located. This should be an easy fit. Screw the extension in until it is securely attached.

  4. 4

    Attach the shower head to the extension. If you have already checked for the proper fit, the head should screw on without any trouble. The white plumber's tape will further secure against leakage. Turn on the water to check for any leaks that would alert you to an ill-fitting head.

  5. 5

    Retighten each joint with the pliers, but be gentle so as not to break any section of the pipe. You should now have a functioning shower, free of leaks and gaps.

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