Tips to Install a new Hand held Shower

Hand held showers are convenient and easy to work with. It sure feels great when an aching joint gets immediate relief from the close sprinkles of hot water, spurting from the hand held shower targeted right at your knee or elbow.

Take away these tips to install a new hand held shower:

  • Remove the existing shower head: Still wondering how you would do that? It is not a very difficult task. So, do it as soon as you can. Take a wrench and put it on the base of a shower head. If you intend to use it again, then put a heavy cloth, a piece of leather or duct tape between the surface and the wrench so as not to mar the finish of the shower head. Turn the wrench, loosen and remove the old shower head. Clean the threads on the goose-neck of any debris like, Teflon tape, etc.
  • Prepare Goose-Neck Threads: Once the above is done, wrap the threads in Teflon tape in order to prevent any leakage when a new shower head is installed later. Do not extend the area of tape as it would show when a new shower head is installed. Gently press the tape into the threads.
  • Standard fitting of a Hand held shower: This fitting simply replaces the shower head with a flexible hand held shower pipe and hand shower unit. You need to screw the base of the hand held shower head onto the goose-neck and tighten as much as you can. Fasten the shower hose to the cross “T”as a shower head. Turn the water on at the faucet and check for any leakages. If there is a leakage, then you need to fasten the connection more and may need to use a wrench for that. Use a heavy cloth, a piece of leather or duct tape to save the finish and not spoil it. Keep tightening till there is no leakage at all.
  • Cross “T” Diverter fitting of a Hand held shower: This type of fitting for a hand held shower is one that is meant to attach to the existing shower arm, coming out through the wall, which will attach the existing shower head to the other end. The hand held shower supply pipe and hand shower unit are also attached to the cross “T”. Installation of this kind of a hand held shower is same as the previous.
  • Tub Spout Mounting Type of a Hand held shower: This type replaces the old tub spout with a new one having a hand shower diverter. The process requires you to replace the old tub spout with a new one. Tighten the shower hose to the cross tub diverter using a Teflon tape. Incase the hand held shower unit has a slide bar, mount to the wall following manufacturer’s directions.

Hand held showers are easy to fix and require minimum tools like, a Teflon tape and a wrench. Get one installed for yourself and make life more easy and your baths more comforting.