No matter if you’re a first-time homeowner who is basically clueless or a seasoned mortage-holder who is, well, still clueless, there are things you can learn to do around the house without calling a repairman (or your parents).
Here begins your journey to becoming the Mr. or Mrs. Fix-It of your home. Check back routinely for more from our Homeowner Help series, and you’ll walk away with a set of skills everyone should have.
How to Switch Out a Showerhead
What to know: Bring your old showerhead to the hardware store to make sure your replacement will fit the arm that’s already in the shower.
1. Clamp an adjustable wrench around the nut at the base of your showerhead. Turn counterclockwise until you’ve loosened it, then unscrew it with your hands to remove it. With a damp rag, wipe away any residue around the pipe.
2. Wrap plumber’s tape—a thin, flexible white kind used on pipes—around the threads of the shower arm a couple of times. It’ll help create a tight seal and prevent leaks.
3. Put your new showerhead on the end of the shower arm, and tighten by turning its accompanying nut clockwise with your fingers. Then turn on the shower to check for leaks. If you see any, tighten the nut again until the dripping stops.
Originally appeared in the May 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.
Illustration by Brown Bird Design