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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.

showerhead illustration

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



8 Responses

  1. Van Anderson says:

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  2. Robert Brown says:

    This kind of problem can be DIY with the help of information in the internet. But in Landscaping, you need to hire a professional so your garden will be look beautiful and gorgeous.

  3. Curb says:

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    This is very educational content and written well for a change. It’s nice to see that some people still understand how to write a quality post!

    • Toast Master says:

      I find it entertaining that, while well written, it has some… classic? imagery from probably the mid-90's? I don't think it would be difficult to actually go home and swap a shower-head and take pictures while you're at it.

  5. House Plans says:

    I'm too lazy to fix this when we had this problem last year. I just call a professional to do this.

  6. It was really helpful that you are sharing this details to your readers, I do personally having a worth while in the article. Thanks for sharing such good release.

  7. Ellen Robles says:

    Its all time great info

Alyssa SparacinoAlyssa is the Online Editor for HGTV Magazine. She lives in a cozy brownstone apartment in Hoboken with (she likes to think) tons of charm. The older building provides character...


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