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How to Shorten a Hose on a Hand-Held Shower Unit

Updated February 21, 2017

Hand-held shower units are a popular way to add a shower to an existing bathtub. These types of showers allow you to take a traditional shower by hanging the shower head in a bracket mounted to the wall or holding the shower head in your hand while showering. You may need to have a shorter hose attached to the shower head. One of the best ways to shorten the hose is to replace the existing hose with a new one of a shorter length. Replacement hoses are available at any hardware or home repair store.

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  1. Remove the old hose by unscrewing it from the shower pipe. The end of hose should be covered by a cap that screws on to the pipe to attach the hose. If the cap cannot be unscrewed by hand, use the wrench to loosen the cap and remove the hose.

  2. Remove the shower head from the hose by unscrewing the cap that attaches the hose to the end of the shower head. If the cap cannot be unscrewed by hand, use the wrench to loosen the cap and remove the hose.

  3. Use a damp rag to wipe away any debris on the threads of the shower pipe and shower head. This will ensure that the new hose can be installed properly.

  4. Attach one end of the new hose to the shower pipe by screwing the cap onto the threads of the shower pipe. Tighten the cap by hand.

  5. Attach the other end of the new hose to the shower head by screwing the cap onto the threads at the end of the shower head. Tighten the cap by hand.

  6. Turn on the shower and allow the water to run through the hose for a few minutes. Check both ends of the hose for leaks. If there are leaks, use the wrench to gently tighten the caps.

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Things You'll Need

  • Replacement shower hose
  • Wrench
  • Damp rag

About the Author

Megan Lawless is a freelance writer based in Chicago. She holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing communications from DePaul University. She currently works as a marketing consultant in the legal profession. Lawless has had articles published on eHow.com.

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